Plant ID forum: I keep thinking this is chickweed!

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fecndcnt
Aug 11, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Looking to identify this plant in Chicago.

It has the center of an Asteraceae with 5 very tiny white petals that are radial. each petal has 3 tiny lobes. leaves form where stem splits. Creeps/spreads like a chickweed.
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fecndcnt
Aug 12, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Any ideas?
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porkpal
Aug 12, 2016 11:28 AM CST
Not chickweed, but I don't know what it is. I have seen it before but...
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 12, 2016 11:54 AM CST
What butterflies does it attract?
I feel like I've seen it around too...
Would help if you posted some pics of the plant actively growing.

The flowers kinda look like bidens and galinsoga.

Not having any luck matching the foliage...

Or... Maybe check this page:

http://www.hippocampus-bildarchiv.de/tier_8547_Galinsogacili...
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 12, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Welcome! I'm thinking Galinsoga ciliata also.

Name: stone
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stone
Aug 12, 2016 12:21 PM CST
Let's ask @LysmachiaMoon !
Apparently she has a ton of galinsoga.
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Does Gallant Soldier (Galinsoga parviflora) grow in Illinois?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2016 1:00 PM CST
My first thought was maybe Yerba de Tajo (Eclipta prostrata) but upon looking at more photos I think it does mostly resemble Galinsoga. This page says that Galinsoga parviflora is occasional in the north 1/2 of Illinois. https://books.google.com/books?id=aCd6CgAAQBAJ&pg=PA128&lpg=...

This page mentions Jackson County and Champaign County: https://books.google.com/books?id=O4lDSqA5kjcC&pg=PA350&lpg=...
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sooby
Aug 12, 2016 1:50 PM CST
plantladylin said:Does Gallant Soldier (Galinsoga parviflora) grow in Illinois?


Yes, but is not as common there as G. ciliata according to this Illinois wildflower page:

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/peru_daisy....

(Note they give G. ciliata as a synonym for G. quadriradiata).

According my field guide G. parviflora has nearly hairless stems and has shorter rays than G. ciliata. The link above gives some other differentiating features.

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