Wildflowers: Purple hedgehog

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Andrey Zharkikh, May 5, 2011.

  1. Andrey Zharkikh

    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I like to browse my old photos. Always find something new. This time at the background of Erigeron peregrinus I noticed some oddity. Any idea what this could be?
    The shot was made on 2010.07.17 at 9662 m high meadow.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thank you, Ron! Not Trifolium, as the later has pubescent sepals.
    I thought a little, what kind of head-like flowers are blooming in August
    in our meadows. As I can guess, this might be Agastache urticifolia
    at the very early stage. In a week or two it should look like these:
     

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    Robert Flogaus-Faust Active Member 10 Years

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    The inflorescence on the first image in your thread does not look like Agastache urticifolia or any kind of Lamiaceae I heard of.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Well, I have to wait till August to check it, now. If, of course, summer happens this year. We still have about 5 m of snow pack up there.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I think I figured this out: it is Phleum alpinum in making.
    Here are more developed plants:
     

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