@Cheryl S this looks very much like a variety of the scabiosus family to me. Could be wrong but that is what it reminds me of.
After Googling it, I think you are right, Gail!! aka Pincushion. Thank you! It has been bugging me. I hope we get lots of bees and butterflies. It's a beautiful plant this year.
Cheryl ~ I believe this is one of the centaurea (Bachelor's Buttons) varieties.
I'm with Barb. I think it's a centaurea.
Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stokesia (sto-KEES-ee-uh) (Info)
I'm also thinking it's a centaurea. The scabiosa doesn't usually have that big a ring of fringe petals.
I believe Roxanne is correct. The blooms and leaves look like a Stokes Aster.
I think Roxanne is right too... http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54979/ Common name: Purple Parasols.
in order to properly identify a plant one needs to see the leaf as well as the flower -
I believe Barb and Roxanne are both right. The stokes aster is also referred to as a cornflower and the centaurea is a perrinial cornflower/ bachelor button. Both flowers come in pinks, blues, and purples. Jocelyn is correct about the leaf identification. The leaf should confirm what it is for sure. Gp to Dave's Garden web site for some great pictures of each. I have the blue Montana centaurea and love it. It is easy to spread and very hardy. Reseeds itself.
There should be a family tree for flowers because asteraceae is the family name, and centaurea is the genus. There are hundreds of varieties / species. Also under knapweed and scabiosa. Go also to " Go Botany" website for more details of how these flowers are related.
Agree with Stokes Aster! Here's a great pic that includes the leaves (and no.. -) I'm not the one selling here; I just googled the plant and got this link with the prefect pic): http://compare.ebay.com/like/221235199979?var=lv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar
Shelley, I LOVE this centaurea (Blue Montana)! I had one a few years back, and moved, and have not been able to find it again anywhere locally. -(
Is it possible that it's a Passion Plant?
Stokesia I have it in my yard i comes in other colors. I try to keep all my plant tags in case I forget what I bought :)
Looks like a Dianthus to me.
Really hard to tell without the leaf and stem.
it is a pincushion flower I have a plant just like it in my garden
If you look closely at the picture you actually can see the leaves they are long and flat with a thick vein in the middle. Also you can see the new bloom that is about to open it has a prickly head characteristic of a Stokesia or Stokes Aster. Pincushion flower has smaller more delicate leaves.
does look like a plant they call the " batchelor button"
i also vote for the Bachelor Button variety. They come in several colors, I have even seen white ones.
Here is a picture of the stem and leaves. Three possibilities have been suggested. Scabious/pincusion, Stokes Aster and Centaurea. Hopefully the picture of stem and leaves and buds will help narrow it down.
Mariposa, whatever it is, mine is also planted alongside the echinacea.
Cheryl if you look at the 3 pictures I posted of my Stokesia (Stokes Aster) they look identical. Here is a picture of my Bachelor Buttons the leaves a more slender and the bud heads are smaller and not spiky.
@Mariposa this is corn flower :)
Mariposa (Butterfly, nice!) I agree with you. They look like your pictures of the Stokes Aster. I am nearly 100% sure that's what I have!
Thank you everyone! I feel confident in identifying my flower as Stokes Aster.
Stokes' Aster - Stokesia laevis (Hill) Greene - Mariposa is 100% correct just go look at the link she provided
It is an aster!!!!
It's a Dianthus. It's a member of the carnation family. I just bought some a few weeks ago and planted them in pots for my the inside of my home, but I had to put on my porch because they weren't getting enough sun. . http://www.thegardenhelper.com/dianthus.html
I took some pictures of both Stokes Aster and the Corn Flower. See what you think. :).
@Cheryl S you are correct! You can see the flower bud shape is much different on the two. Usually the leaf of the cornflower will be hairy-like, whereas the Stokes is smooth.
Yep. Stokesia....or Stoke's Aster
looks like scabious
I would also say it is an aster. THE leaf is very different from the scabiosa but it could otherwise be easily mistaken for the latter.