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Aug 11, 2022 6:01 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Blue on Blue...

I have actually no idea what flower this is. It was taken in early October at Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Aug 11, 2022 6:02 PM CST
Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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A sea of blue and purple…I like it so much. An excellent here-I-come-Fall banner!
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Aug 11, 2022 6:07 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Possibly bachelor buttons, AKA Cornflower?

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Diadem')

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Makes a beautiful banner. nodding
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Aug 11, 2022 6:32 PM CST
Name: Connie
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Maybe an aster?
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Aug 11, 2022 6:33 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Nancy, thanks for the treat of posting the wonderful color of those flowers!
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Aug 11, 2022 7:23 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Wow! Beautiful! Maybe Henry I Purple Aster:
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Aug 11, 2022 7:34 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Excellent banner Nancy!
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Aug 11, 2022 7:49 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
What a pretty shade of blue! Nice contrast & lighting, too.
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Aug 11, 2022 8:31 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
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I'm thinking Asters as well. I have these in a pot, they bloom in early Fall.
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Aug 11, 2022 9:07 PM CST
Name: Abigail (Grill)
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Oh my goodness, my mouth watered over this banner! I think this is even better than some of your beautiful banners, Nancy! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby 😲😲
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Aug 12, 2022 12:37 AM CST
Name: Rachael Hunter
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Wow! That packs a punch! I love the colours and how packed the blooms are- a fantastic banner!
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Aug 12, 2022 7:58 AM CST
Name: Nancy
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Thank you everyone! When I was trying to figure out what it might be, I kept getting to the point of Bachelor Button or Aster, and I'm still not sure. Here's the originals, I'm not sure which of them I twisted and turned to get it without dead leaves in the banner. It was taken October 2nd in Zone 5, if that's any help to decide which it is?

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Aug 12, 2022 10:43 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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First, I love the banner. Such an intense flood of blue violet...

I'll weigh in on a possible ID and say I don't think your blooms are asters. They seem to lack the characteristic centers that all aster blooms display. Any aster I've ever seen has distinguishable floral disks, which your blooms seem to lack (or hide very well). Just google 'purple asters' and you'll see ample images of what I mean.

The foliage should help in deciding whether your plants are asters, too. Most of the asters I've seen have alternate leaves on the stems. They are single, not compound, usually narrow, and always pointed. They may or may not be serrated. You can get a sense of what I'm describing if you look at the foliage in Zoia's shot.

From what little I can see of the foliage in your plant, I'd have guess some kind of miniature chrysanthemum.

At the end of the day, knowing, or not knowing, their identity doesn't add to, or detract from one's enjoyment of them. Smiling
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Aug 12, 2022 12:27 PM CST
Name: Nancy
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But Zoia's flowers, and Laurie's further above, don't have much of a center to them either as typical asters do. And the only foliage I'm able to pick out are more the very ends that have unopened flowers on them. I almost think they have to be on the short side, under 1', just because of how many blooms there are so close together.

But in the end, you're right, it certainly doesn't take away any enjoyment of them. I just loved that sea of blue/purplish with so many blooms covering everything when I saw them. It's just a curiosity thing at this point!
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