Cottage Gardening forum: Mystery Plants

 
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ImageKLStuart
May 6, 2010 7:31 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
I have a couple of Mystery plants coming up in my garden. Because of their locations, I'm fairly certain they were planted intentionally last summer, and I just forgot about them until they've really gotten bigger this year. Anyone know what they are?

Here's the first one. This one is on the tip of my tongue. I've seen it, know I planted it, tag is bleached beyond reading... (the one in the pot with the silver foliage and magenta bloom, not the sweet william)

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ImageKLStuart
May 6, 2010 7:32 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Here's another. It's a viney sort of thing. This one I'm not at all sure about. It's about to bloom, so I can post a better picture in a couple of days, but I'm concerned about it. Looks pretty vigorous if it's not something I want :)

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ImageKLStuart
May 6, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
And one more with 2 photos. It's in two locations and seems like it was intentional... but I've no idea what it is! Soft branches with these beautiful but very delicate flower stems. Again, I'm not patient enough to wait for the blooms...

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ImageKLStuart
May 6, 2010 7:34 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Closeup of the buds...

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ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
The magenta one is called Lycrois or something like that, Lambs ears. Don't recognize the second.
Imagegoldfinch4
May 10, 2010 12:58 PM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Charleen, I thought the first one looked like Lambs Ears too (stachys): http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/stalanata.htm

The 2nd one looks like some type of Penstemon. http://www.plantsafari.com/Catalog/Detail/00890.html
They come in lots of colors, but the foliage looks pretty much the same.
ImageKLStuart
May 10, 2010 2:01 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Lambs ear is what I was afraid of until it bloomed. Now I know it is not that. The magenta single blooms are nothing like the spikes of bloom on my lambs ear... The other one I'll check out now...
ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
We live in three different states, I bet they all have a different name for it. Here is mine. We will get it. It must be a perriennial, isn't it?

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ImageKLStuart
May 10, 2010 4:17 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Got it. Silene Coronaria, bloody mary, lynchnis, rose campion, mullien pinks... lots of names! Pretty, though a neighbor has commented that it's pretty vigorous :) Mine's in pots... so maybe that's a good thing.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/80/

Now for the others... Penstemon sure looks good for the one, based on the flowers. The stems are a lot more airy than some... need to get better pictures tomorrow (or the next day... rain heading our way)
ImageHemophobic
May 11, 2010 4:35 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Rose campion is what I call it, also Lambs Ears. The other one looks like Penstemon to me, too, at least the blossom of it. I have one called Elfin Pink that looks a lot like that. Let me see if I can find a photo. BRB

Here ya go:

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I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageRidesredmule
May 11, 2010 7:15 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Hurray! I beleive you got it Angie, I mixed up the lynchnis and lycrois (surprise lilies) OOPS! they are all Beautiful plants aren't they?
ImageKLStuart
May 11, 2010 11:36 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Here's a close up of one bloom...

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ImageKLStuart
May 11, 2010 11:37 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Here's another, floppier foliage than the first, looked like a vine before it bloomed, does look more like a regular plant now...

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ImageKLStuart
May 11, 2010 11:39 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
And my new mystery, this one I got in a swap with someone. Needless to say it is not what I thought I was getting. The person who sent it said it was like nothing she had in her yard... how that could be I have no idea. Mystery plant showed up in all 6 places I put what I received... but, it's interesting... anyone wanna guess?

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Imagegemini_sage
May 12, 2010 6:06 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Kelly, I believe Angie has the 2nd Penstemon right. The first Penstemon looks like it could be P.mexicalli. I have a couple of Penstemons I didn't label that I'm wondering about too. I think they're P.versuvius and P.hirsutus, but not sure- guess I could be looking them up, LOL.
ImageKLStuart
May 12, 2010 6:20 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
The Basal foliage on the 'Elfin' is definitely the same. My flowers are more separated (and not as pretty). Could that be a response to conditions? The way it is I'm not loving it, but if I could improve conditions to get more flowers on a stem, that would be a different story :)

I'm now convinced the other is a 'Mexicali', but not certain on the exact one... maybe this...

http://www.today-archive.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=display...
Imagestarlight1153
May 12, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kelly, that last pic, could it be a Melapodium?
ImageKLStuart
May 12, 2010 8:37 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Ack, sorry, have that one solved somewhere... pretty sure it's lysimachia... though I don't have the spikes of flowers yet, their under the leaf habit and the foliage look to be the same... ugh. Figured it was something invasive!
ImageAndi
May 12, 2010 12:41 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Here is a good lynchnis-rose champion link.

http://www.paghat.com/rosecampion.html

I wintersowed three types -red, white, pink. They are still tiny, but i hope they make it. I already have a regular lambs ear in the garden. I adopted part of a plant in a woody area I passed on the way to the post office.
tggfisk
Jun 5, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Bev
Garner, NC 7b
Careful letting that rose campion go to seed. I love it for its old fashioned look, but deadheaded some and threw the stalks into the grass as I cut. Guess what's now seeded into the grassy area...?

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