Plant ID forum: Unknown Wild Plant - Please Help ID it

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Monmouth County, NJ
Rexquondam
Nov 30, 2019 9:12 PM CST
Please help ID this wild plant.

Many thanks in advance.

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Yorkshirelass
Dec 1, 2019 12:08 PM CST
Difficult to tell in it's 'Winter' state. Any idea what colour flowers it may have had earlier in the year.
Also, was it growing in an open, sunny position?
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crawgarden
Dec 1, 2019 1:55 PM CST
Think it might might be the wild Michaelmas Daisy
Symphyotrichum salignum or possibly this one Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (Panicled Aster)
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Monmouth County, NJ
Rexquondam
Dec 1, 2019 4:16 PM CST
Yorkshirelass said:Difficult to tell in it's 'Winter' state. Any idea what colour flowers it may have had earlier in the year.
Also, was it growing in an open, sunny position?


Unfortunately I have never visited the area I found it in during Spring or Summer, so I'm unsure of the flower color. It was growing among other similar plants, including Joe-Pye weed and some bamboo-like reeds about 10 ft. from a small patch of woods, adjacent to railroad tracks. I think the place should get plenty of sun year round.
Monmouth County, NJ
Rexquondam
Dec 1, 2019 4:19 PM CST
crawgarden said:Think it might might be the wild Michaelmas Daisy
Symphyotrichum salignum or possibly this one Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (Panicled Aster)


Thanks for these suggestions. I wish I could find some close-ups of dry Michaelmas Daisy stalks for comparison. I was able to find some pictures of dry Panicled Aster and the ridges along the stalks look very similar. Maybe that's it or something related.

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Yorkshirelass
Dec 3, 2019 12:39 PM CST
I think it's Canadian Fleabane (Erigeron canadensis).
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Monmouth County, NJ
Rexquondam
Dec 4, 2019 2:33 AM CST
Yorkshirelass said:I think it's Canadian Fleabane (Erigeron canadensis).
https://www.google.com/search?...


That definitely looks a lot like it. Thanks!

Edit: I just noticed, after a bit of research, that Canadian Fleabane is the same as Horseweed, which I've actually been searching for locally. It would be interesting if, after all my searching, I stumbled upon it accidentally. This is doubly interesting because I found a similar plant on the same day in exactly the same spot that I thought was Horseweed. I actually posted that here as well a few days ago, but those who responded thought it was not Horseweed. I'd be interested in what you think of that plant. Here is the link to the post if you have a chance The thread "Horseweed?" in Plant ID forum

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Dec 4, 2019 10:49 AM CST

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No need to link away, here's our database entry for Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)
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Dec 4, 2019 3:06 PM CST
There are no photos of such a "mature" specimen. Would Rexquandum's pictures be a useful addition?
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stone
Dec 25, 2019 5:28 AM CST
looks like goldenrod to me.

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Dec 25, 2019 11:27 AM CST
Are the stems rough or smooth? They look very smooth. Symphyotrichum, Goldenrod and Horseweed all have rough stems.

If the stems are rough, I would be inclined towards Horseweed.
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