Wildflower growing in flower bed (zone 9) . Bloom mid July to late fall. Clusters of pale lavender to purple flowers that remind me of a miniature thistle from the side. Thought it might be a Veronia but the flower cups never open up like pictures I found. Flowers send up a few very delicate white hairlike petals(?) when mature then the center turns reddish or reddish brown. Leaves have a soft feel, are not in pairs, have serrated edges. Grew to a couple of feet first year, 4 ft second year and this year about 6 feet. Had seedlings this year. Grayish seed heads that are wispy/fuzzy.
Location: Alvin, TX, US
Plant Size: 2-3 ft x 72 in
Bloom Size: about 1/8 in x about 3/16 in
Bloom Color: purple