Plant ID forum: What is this flower?

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Shawol5Ever
Aug 19, 2018 8:51 AM CST
I planted some zinnia seeds for the first time after the last frost this year. The plant was growing beautifully and many buds formed. Two of the buds started blossoming a few days ago and what had blossomed was not what I expected. The blooms look like dandelion seed puffs. I am really confused. I also transferred one of my zinnias to a rectangular pot so it can continue to grow next to my other plants and I noticed that the leaves on this zinnia plant next to my aster flowers looks different from the ones that I have a problem with. The seeds came from the same pack so what went wrong? (I am talking about the plant next to the aster flowers btw)
Update: I have concluded that the plant in picture 2 is an American Burnweed. I am confused as to why and how this plant is growing in my flower pot on my 3rd floor balcony when I only planted zinnia seeds. Should I dispose of this plant?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2018 10:21 AM CST
It may be Prickly Lettuce. Those little seed tuffs float on the breeze.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 19, 2018 10:34 AM CST
The plant in the first picture looks like China aster, Callistephus chinensis

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2018 3:55 PM CST
Was the aster part of the question? I was a little confused about what we were identifying. Smiling
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Name: Amy
Capon Bridge, WV (Zone 6b)
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starbookworm
Aug 19, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Picture two is an American Burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolia). I just had the pleasure of ripping up a full wagon load before those little cotton fluffs took to the winds.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 19, 2018 4:24 PM CST
DaisyI said:Was the aster part of the question? I was a little confused about what we were identifying. Smiling


Rightly or wrongly that's how I interpreted the picture and "I also transferred one of my zinnias to a rectangular pot so it can continue to grow next to my other plants and I noticed that the leaves on this zinnia plant next to my aster flowers looks different from the ones that I have a problem with."
Name: Amy
Capon Bridge, WV (Zone 6b)
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starbookworm
Aug 19, 2018 6:36 PM CST
American Burnweed is a very prolific traveller. Those little white puffs will go far and wide and upwards. It serves no medicinal or edible benefit so I ditched all mine, which was hours of hunting down the beast. Thumbs down
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