Mystery Monday (7/28/2014): Can You ID Me?

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    I’m a little late with Mystery Monday today… blame it on “Monday Brain”, I guess. Anyway, here’s this week’s mystery photo – can you ID it? I’ll be back later with the answer! (This bloom is about the size of a nickel, by the way, if that helps you out.)



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    MDgreenery
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    Good afternoon Jill,

    I believe your mystery flower may be a Bellis Tasso~English Daisy? I love them & so do the tiniest pollinators I’ve ever seen. I usually grow them from seed every year (this is the first year in a long while when I have not). Some of my favorite pictures are of Lady Bugs taking refuge from the rain storm beneath the Bellis Tasso leaves.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I am agreeing with MD on this one….oh so pretty!  Charlene


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    ili Z.9
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    Lovely, glad there is no mystery anymore…


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    Gayle
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    So, Jill; were they right?


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    takyslaky
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    Oh so pretty!  I am going to see if they are right.  It looks a lot like my Chamomile blooms do, but it looks like an English Daisy as well.


    Jill Staake
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    Oh, geez, I am really out of it this week! I completely forgot to provide the answer last night. Thanks for the reminder, Gayle!

    So, no one got this one right, although I can certainly see why you would guess English Daisy. This is a little wildflower known as Fleabane, which grows in moist areas near ponds and in drainage ditches (among other places). The whole bloom is less than an inch across, and in some conditions, the petals appear a very light lavender instead of white. As the name suggests, it’s been used in the past to keep fleas away, though I don’t think science really bears that out today.

    There are a LOT of fleabane species around the world (Genus name Erigeron). This particular one is Oakleaf Fleabane (E. quercifolia) which has a more southern range, but the ones I’ve seen up north look extremely similar. Small butterflies love to visit this plant for nectar.

    Thanks to everyone for guessing! I’ll try to be more on the ball with next Monday’s Mystery!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Oh my….I certainly should have been able to identify flea bane….I pull it out by the hundreds every year.  It is invasive here and I guess at one time someone before me thought it was a beautiful flower and planted it a long with ragged ladies all around the house.  Yipes……LOL  Charlene


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    carross
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    Very pretty, I don’t think  we have it in Michigan, if so, I don’t remember seeing it.

    Carol


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    Not FAIR:( The picture made it look so much bigger than the flea bane I fight constantly but that is just one of the long list of weeds that thrive here.


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    Jill Staake
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    Ah, but I DID note that the bloom was only about the size of a nickel in my original post, growinggranny. ;) Gotta read the fine print!

    Also, growinggranny, can you check your email for a message from me? If you don’t see it, we might have the wrong email address on file – will you send me a quick email (florida33girl@gmail.com) so I can respond? Thank you!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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