Wildflowers forum: Are any of these milweed?

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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Aug 24, 2013 1:50 PM CST
I have a bunch of wildflowers blooming next to the lake that I never noticed before. Are any of them milkweed? Sorry about the poor light in photo 2.

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Aug 24, 2013 2:22 PM CST

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Dave, I believe what you have there is one of the Ironweeds, Vernonia very nice plants, possibly this one;

http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VEFA2

Are the leaves narrow?
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Aug 24, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Thanks frostweed. One is distinctly purple and the other pink.
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wildflowers
Aug 25, 2013 7:37 AM CST

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I agree, both look like Ironweed. Maybe the two are different species, I'm not the best at ID's.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 26, 2013 3:53 PM CST

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They both appear to be Vernonia fasciculata as Josephine said. With this species, it wouldn't be unusual for individual plants to vary from a bright pink-purple shade to some really dark purple shades.
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Aug 26, 2013 5:30 PM CST

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Thank you very much Kent. Smiling
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