New gardener here: This flower has gone to seed but I don't know what kind of flower it is. Any ideas? Thanks! enter image description here

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    Would be easier with a picture of when it was in flower, and the leaves.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 23:38
  • Sorry! I don't have any photos from then...
    – Lisa
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 0:48
  • Where in the world (approximately) are you located? Did you find this seedhead in a garden or in the wild?
    – Jurp
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 2:22
  • Sage or savory? Plant now and be surprised in Spring. Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 3:15
  • I am on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. About zone 7, I think.
    – Lisa
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 4:03

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I think its one of the Phacelia varieties - depending where you are in the world, the variety might be Phacelia cicutaria, the seed head of which most resembles those in your image. There is a good photo showing the seed head on Flickr, titled Seed Head of Caterpillar Phacelia, its common name, but I can't find a way to link to it.

  • Thanks Bamboo! I don't recognize it, but I suspect that I missed it in spring. I think it came from a pack of mixed seeds.... I will plant it and see what comes up!
    – Lisa
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 4:06

I figured it out! I planted the seeds and saw the fern-like leaves growing.... Fernleaf fiddleneck Phacelia tanacetifolia :-) thanks all! enter image description here

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