Wildflowers forum: ID, Weed or What?

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Name: Sally
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billyporter
Oct 16, 2011 3:00 PM CST
This grew for the first time in my flower bed, and also at my neighbors. Neither one of us has had it before. It was windy and I never got a better picture. It's pretty,and I transplanted mine to a better place. It looks like the seed pods are long and skinny. I hope it reseeded because it dried up.

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 16, 2011 6:25 PM CST

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Looks like a Willow-herb. I'd guess Epilobium leptophyllum, but can't see it clearly enough to be sure.
Name: Sally
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billyporter
Oct 17, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Thank you Kent!

I will look that up since I can remember it unblurry, LOL! It's really delicate and the blooms start tiny and pink, opening to tiny and white. I really like it and have no idea where my neighbor and I got it from. I'll get back to confirm if that's it.
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Oct 17, 2011 7:36 AM CST
I have one for you. I don't know if it is in Database or not. It may be considered a weed but it is a wild flower. It has composite daisy like blooms and a lot of them.
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Thanks you all....
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 17, 2011 8:00 AM CST

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It's an aster, certainly. If it were growing here, I'd say it is Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides), also known as Many-flowered Aster. But, there are a multitude of white flowered aster species in North America and no doubt several species in Georgia that I've never seen or even heard of.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Oct 17, 2011 9:37 AM CST
I like it. Most of the time the blooms are smaller but it is loaded this year. Think I'll keep my weed flower. Aster, Thank you. I've seen these a very pale lavender too. Only not as tall as this one.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 2:14 AM CST
Charleen, take a look at the first thumbnail in this link.... is this your aster --- it is also native to Ga.

BTW all, a great site at this link --- many of you may already know about it but those who don't might want to check it out. If you scroll to the bottm of the page you can bring up your state.

http://uswildflowers.com/wfquery.php?State=FL
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Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 10:39 AM CST
Kent, that is it! I love my new wildflower!

Charleen, those asters are so hard to identify. I had a similar one and for the first time has this moth caterpillar on it. The aster still pops up but I've not seen another caterpillar.

I love the pale lavender ones too :o

Ann, awesome link! I have things to look at later this winter.

Brown Hooded Owlet on the aster, and the aster in bloom.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 10:47 AM CST
I love those little asters. The pale lavender ones too. They're such cheerful little things!
Sally, it looks so pretty all in bloom.
And to think people just pull them out as weeds.
Yes, I just happened to stumble upon that link myself. I'm going to have fun with it too.
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Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 10:59 AM CST
:o). I lost most of my hybrid tea roses, so hardy roses are another winter research project! A friend gave me a great link and the Buck roses are more numerous than I thought. I can't wait! Hurray!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 11:04 AM CST
I thought all roses grew in northern zones. Farther south where we moved from you could pretty much forget about roses. Too hot & too humid & not enough winter. People tried & always ended up giving up. You could never tell them though; they had to find out for themselves. They do a little better up here.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 11:12 AM CST
I try to get hardy roses because when the weather turns cold and rainy, I'm not a gardener anymore, LOL! My roses have to sink or swim. I don't mulch after the ground freezes, and they do get the north and west winter winds. A double whammy. I hope for snow cover.

I was suprised when I first found out what the South couldn't grow. I'm envious of what they can, but I think I'll freeze to keep the old favorites like peonies, lilacs and roses.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Yes, down there we could grow mango, citrus, guava, coconuts, banana, avacado but could not grow apples, pears, cherries, cranberries, plums, raspberries, peaches, asparagus. And tomatoes & bell peppers had to be grown in the winter as summer was too mean. Summer is our curse as winter is yours.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies Irises
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 11:35 AM CST
Oh my, love your list, but could not give up mine. Yes, I think I'll stay in Iowa, LOL!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 11:39 AM CST
I know what you mean.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies Irises
Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Iowa
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 11:44 AM CST
In a way, I like winter because I like getting under the blanket to watch TV :o) And I like hot tea :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2011 11:56 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies Irises
Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Iowa
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 12:16 PM CST
:o)
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