Plant ID forum: Identify these seeds?

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Nov 2, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Yep, I did it again, collected some seeds and didn't mark them. I am thinking possibly Stokesia (Stokes Aster)but i'm not sure since I have never grown them from seed so I don't know what the seeds look like.

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Nov 2, 2014 9:24 PM CST
About 1/3 of the way down the linked site are some good images of Stokesia seed heads and seeds.Yours pics look really close.

http://wvsprouts.blogspot.com/2014/08/seed-collecting-member...
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Nov 2, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Yep, that's them! Thank You!!!
Name: Danita
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Danita
Nov 2, 2014 9:55 PM CST
Hi Arlene,
It does look like Stokesia.
One note though, the seeds you've photographed look a bit shriveled. I've found that Stokesia seeds that look like this generally don't contain an embryo or endosperm inside. The good seeds are more filled out and will be harder. If they are easy to crush, then they are not viable. Echinaceas will do the same thing and the hybrids are the worst. I went through hundreds of 'Pixie Meadowbrite' "seeds" once, only to find about 12 actual seeds. I've also received the shell-only seed imposters in trades of various Echinacea and Stokesia so it must be pretty common. (Many Salvias will do a similar thing, too, but that's a different family of plants.) Smiling

Oh, I end up with little piles of seed everywhere that I forget to label, too. Hilarious!
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Nov 2, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Guess they won't be going in for the trade then. Thanks for telling me. I sure don't want people to get dud seeds.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Nov 2, 2014 10:01 PM CST
There might still be some good ones mixed in with the dud ones. Shrug!
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Nov 2, 2014 10:01 PM CST
Good info Danita, I have never collected the seeds, I just allow the plants to free-seed here. Glad you caught that.

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