Plant ID forum: Anyone recognize this one?

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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2017 9:14 PM CST
~ SOLVED: Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)

This afternoon I noticed these flowers growing at the back of our property. I've searched my plant books and the closest I've come is Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) but I'm just not sure so I thought I'd see if anyone can confirm the identity, or offer other suggestions. One of my books describes Blue Mistflower color as purplish-blue; another says flower color can be variable; from pinkish-blue to lilac to reddish-purple-violet and the third book says the flowers are lavender-blue. I do see a range of shades in our database photos.

Growing among weeds, ferns, Bidens pilosa (Spanish Needles) in a southern exposure, semi-shady area. I haven't ventured into that part of the property because I worry about snakes in the brush back there but I'm going to try to reach over the deck rail and get a closer look tomorrow and I will try to get more pictures.
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
Bogor, Java, Indonesia (Zone 13a)
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XiaoLong
Jan 31, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Looks like Ageratum to me Smiling

edit : if its annual, it could be Ageratum. but if its perennial and have rhizome it could be Conoclinium.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jan 31, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Blue Mistflower/Wild Ageratum looks like a good match, I think.
Another look: http://floridawildflowerfounda...

Since it's such a butterfly magnet, maybe @mellielong can give a positive ID. Smiling
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jan 31, 2017 11:09 AM CST
I have a wild perennial white ageratum that grows here. Don't know if it would grow down south or not. Maybe a cultivated escapee?
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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2017 11:31 AM CST
The Florida Plant Atlas shows Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) in most of the state so I'm leaning towards this one: http://florida.plantatlas.usf....

Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum) and Blue Mistflower look a lot alike but I think I'm still leaning towards Blue Mistflower because although the Florida Plant Atlas shows the following three Ageratum in the state, none apparently occur in my county:

Ageratum conyzoides TROPICAL WHITEWEED
Ageratum houstonianum BLUEMINK
Ageratum maritimum CAPE SABLE WHITEWEED

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 31, 2017 11:35 AM CST
Lin, I do believe you're right. I've looked that one up before because it's so similar to the Ageratum they sell at the big box stores. I didn't realize we had a native that looked so close. And it is blooming right now. There's a bunch of it on the corner up by the gas station. Come to think of it, I should dig some up or collect some seeds because it doesn't come up around my yard. Time to fix that! And I do need to gas up the car. Hilarious!
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Thanks everyone for your input and thank you Melanie for the confirmation I'll mark this as solved.
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 31, 2017 11:55 AM CST
You're welcome, Lin. I'll try to remember to take some pictures of it. I think some comes up by the house down the street if no one has mowed in a while. Either way, I'll get some pics for comparison. And thanks for the acorn!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jan 31, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Shadegardener said:I have a wild perennial white ageratum that grows here. Don't know if it would grow down south or not. Maybe a cultivated escapee?


Are you sure that your white agerateum isn't actually snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)?



They look alike, and bloom at the same time, both form nice colonies... yet.... not the same...
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jan 31, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Stone - never considered snakeroot. I'll have to do some research. For sure, I didn't plant it here. Thanks!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Feb 10, 2017 1:56 PM CST
Lin, I found some of that plant growing in the neighbor's yard while birding today and took some photos.

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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Feb 10, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Melanie, that sure looks like what's growing at the back of our property!
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