What is the blue flowers?

darkeyes1955August 5, 2014

Taken in St. Augustine, love the flower but what is it?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

this isnt yoru pic.. is it???

if you stare at the pic.. you should note.. there is blue everywhere in that pic... blue in the cement.. blue in the palm ... blue highlights on the black mail box .. etc...

i think its been color adjusted to make that flower 'appear' bluer than it really is ...

i cant focus on any leaf.. for an ID guess ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:57PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

that could be Plumbago ariculata, and yes it is really blue.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:59PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Guessing Plumbago auriculata.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:00PM
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darkeyes1955

No, the pic is from the St. Augustine facebook page so I suppose it could have been altered. Darn, beautiful plant!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:20PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It is Plumbago auriculata, as others have said. It is very blue in real life but I also think the picture is slightly inaccurate.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:34PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

thanks flora ...

i understood the flower is really blue ...

my point was.. if you put it on a concrete patio.. against a white house.. you might be a bit underwhelmed.. and wonder why its not 'popping' ... like it does in this sublime pic ... two thumbs up.. to the photographer ...

its all about expectations.. of what you see in regard to marketing of a given plant ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:36AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Looks like plumbago to me as well, but it's paler in real lifeâ¦..

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 1:56PM
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darkeyes1955

Still lovely though. I looked it up and it can only be grown here in zone 5 as a house plant. I don't have a lot of space though so I'm hoping if I keep it cut back for the winter it will get this pretty when I put it out for the summer.
Thank you for your responses.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:22PM
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Carrie B

Here in Philadelphia it's grown as an annual - buy it in the spring for a few bucks, let it die with frost, and pick some more up cheaply next spring if you enjoyed them.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:10PM
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darkeyes1955

Good idea. I have never heard of it around my area but I will check with the local garden centers to make sure it is something they usually carry in the spring.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 10:33AM
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