Plant ID forum: Unknown Aster

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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
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Misti
May 20, 2014 7:47 PM CST
My brother has this growing in his garden and doesn't remember planting it. Any ideas?

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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
May 22, 2014 4:11 PM CST
Since no one has replied with an answer yet, I'll give my barely-useful opinion. It isn't an Aster, but I can't tell you what it is.
Could you get a photo of the foliage and another photo of an individual flower? I think that would help because I can't really tell how many petals, stamens, etc. each flower has in the current photo. Also, is your brother's garden in Texas too? Smiling
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 22, 2014 6:57 PM CST
Pretty flowers! My first thought was possibly Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum):


or maybe:


But, my eyes aren't seeing clearly tonight so I really don't know. I agree with Danita, it will help to know where the plant is growing and if you can get a photo of the leaves or entire plant from a distance that could help narrow it down as well.
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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
www.oceanicwilderness.com
Region: Texas
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Misti
May 23, 2014 5:52 AM CST
Definitely not C. coelestinum, I do know that plant. Here's a few more photos:


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Yes, he gardens in DFW.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
May 23, 2014 6:27 AM CST
I'm thinking Gilia capitata.
There seems to be a lot of variation in the species. Your plant has thinner petals and leaves than some but I have seen photos of similar, daintier ones.
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 23, 2014 6:59 AM CST
Queen Anne's Thimbles (Gilia capitata)
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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
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Region: Texas
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Misti
May 23, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Thanks, that looks like it is probably it! I'll pass it on!

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