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Can You Identify This Flower / Weed?

My wife and I are past the age where we want a large garden -- or rather -- where we can maintain a large garden.

My daughter planted a few zinnias once. Talk about thrive! Those things have taken over the universe. But they are lovely, aren't they?

Well, in the general neighborhood of a patch of those things, my wife found a tiny plant or weed that we've never seen before.

I took photos of it. Can you help us identify it? My wife just informed me she thinks it's some kind of wildflower and has stiff stems.


  1. Flower pink to lavender
  2. Blooming late August
  3. About a foot tall
  4. State of Virginia

Please help. We really want to know what this is. See photo.

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MegL wrote on August 25, 2018, 6:01 PM

Would this site help you?

VinceSummers wrote on August 25, 2018, 9:37 PM

Possibly so, but I suspect it would be much easier to find someone who simply recognizes it...

lookatdesktop wrote on August 25, 2018, 11:50 PM

I really don't know, but the closet thing to that particular image you shared here, could it possibly be Joe Pye Weed? If so there is an article at the following URL address - But I could be way off here. https :// www . wildflower . org / plants / result . php ? id _ plant = EUFI14 , but the leaf is different. It is probably not the right one. Here is something about the Joe Pye Weed and even if it isn't the one you have it is still essentially a nice looking flower.

Last Edited: August 25, 2018, 11:54 PM

VinceSummers wrote on August 26, 2018, 12:29 PM

Thanks for responding, Anthony... No, it's not Joe Pye Weed, although that grows quite commonly around here. That stuff is really very interesting, but the flowers are considerably different and of different color, and it grows extremely tall.