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Help me identify plant: Low to the ground with purple cone-ish flowers

 
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This is out in my yard. My soil out here is mostly clay, and it is in NE Alabama. These plants grow in little colonies around my yard and I had never noticed them before.

They are right down there on the ground and the flower us about the size of my pinky nail.
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From above
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using hand to scale size of flowers
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Up close of the flower heads
 
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A few more pictures to help identify this
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foliage up close
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using hand to scale size of cluster
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one more pretty up close picture of the flower head
 
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New flowers forum bump, this one from 7 years ago was never identified!
 
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From Google Lens -  Blue Eryngo, Eryngium planum, commonly called sea holly.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=h810
 
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James Sullivan: Thank you for looking! :D
I'd say sea holly looks WAY too big, the pictures posted show her hand by it for scale, sea holly is much larger flowers. Wonder if there's a miniature version of it?

This is an old thread I hit when the new flower forum was being made, I like the idea of all the old pictures having been identified. I doubt the Original Poster even remembers posting this :)
 
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Wonder if there's a miniature version of it?


I'm not sure the foliage is at all similar though as the photo only shows the flower stalk?

Blue Hobbit Sea Holly Perennial -

 
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Oh, I used the last picture 775, I'll try another.
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Each photo is coming up with another type of flower. Blue thimble to wild blue berry, clearly not 100% reliable.
 
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The foliage on all the hollies isn't looking right to me. Too spikey and spiney...

hm...
 
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It's true! I had forgotten all about this post. So sweet of you guys to dig it up and help me out! Haha! To be honest, I haven't seen this plant since....hmm.
 
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