Tall aster?

sarahbarah27(5)October 27, 2009

Hi everyone!

I recently saw in a garden a very tall plant that has aster like flowers. It is blooming right now, is at least 4 feet tall and has different leaves than a regular aster. The flowers are purple. Any ideas on what it could be? I have tried looking up different types of asters with no luck. Thanks!

Sarah

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MollyDog(6 PA)

Maybe Jindai?

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 8:57AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

vernonia? (NY Ironweed)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 10:24AM
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sarahbarah27(5)

Nope, those are not it. But thanks for trying!!! The flowers do look more like those of the Iron Weed though. The leaves are big and almost look like giant dandelion leaves if i remember correctly. Its driving me crazy to not know what it is, hahaha!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 1:37PM
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runktrun(z7a MA)

Could it be cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)? Katy

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Files

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 1:59PM
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anitamo(5)

Is it aster tataricus?

Here is a link that might be useful: tataricus

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 2:26PM
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anitamo(5)

Sorry for repeating what mollydog said. I didn't realize that 'Jindai' was a tataricus. Moving on.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 2:32PM
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sarahbarah27(5)

The leaves look a lot like the tataricus. That might be it, but the flower is different, darker purple with finer petals. Thanks. I'll try and get a pic and post it.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 6:59PM
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anitamo(5)

I came across two aster like plants in my garden this fall. I've never seen them before, so thinking that they were weeds, I ripped them out. They sound like what you are describing, about 4 ft. tall. I did see a shorter one on the road near my house, too. I only have one aster in my beds, the 'Purple Dome', so it didn't come from that. Bird droppings? I just hope I didn't rip out something good.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 7:58PM
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