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  1. #1
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    Default Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Hello All,

    I drove up to Toronto to visit friends for Thanksgiving on Monday, and there were stretches of purple flowers along the QEW. It was nice to see something flowering so late in the season.

    Does anyone know what they are? Do they provide any forage for bees?

    Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Late for purple coneflowers and liatris. Ironweed blooming big time here. Your to far north for me to guess.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Aster?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Might have been Purple Loosestrife, which is an invasion weed that takes over where soil retains significant moisture. I do not know from personal experience (don't have bees yet) but it is said that Purple Loosestrife makes pretty good honey.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Most likely New England Asters, they are about the only thing blooming right now besides the little white asters.

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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Most likely New England Asters, they are about the only thing blooming right now besides the little white asters.
    My guess too. Not much new england around here but the white aster just started blooming the last few days. There is also a wildflower they plant in some of the highway medians that started blooomin purple, red, pink, etc. Looks kinda like a coneflower/daisy, i forget the name.

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    Default Re: Purple flowers along highways in Ontario

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Most likely New England Asters, they are about the only thing blooming right now besides the little white asters.
    Agreed

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