What plant is that?

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March 2017 Mystery Plant

March 2017 Mystery Plant --close up of flowers

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2017

The mystery plant for March, 2017
is a member of a very large group of plants which are very similar in appearance.
It is important to examine
not only the flowers but also
the stems and leaves of the plant. 
It can be a difficult group to identify to species but with patience and practice, identification becomes fairly easy.

This plant has blue to violet flowers
1-1½ inches in diameter.

The leaves are slightly longer than wide, have no teeth on the margins
and the bases of the leaves
are auriculate-clasping. 
The stems and leaves are
smooth and sometimes glaucous—
meaning they may be covered with
a whitish cast or bloom on the surface. 
This plant grows 1-3 feet tall and  blooms in September through October. 
It can be found in open woods or fields.

Stop back next month to find out
what this mystery plant is.

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if you're right, we'll list
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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Nancy Fullerton
Brian Maynard
Anne Wagner