What is this?

tawnybeeAugust 23, 2013

Can anyone identify this? Sorry, couldn't seem to find a 'flower' forum so this seemed the closest. I was hoping it was lavendar but it has no smell, even when rubbed between the fingers.

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florauk(8/9)

I'm afraid I can't id it for you but for future reference the Name That Plant Forum is the best place to start to look for identities. Also it is really helpful to have foliage in the picture, a sense of scale, an indication of where and when it was growing and whether it was in a garden or in the wild.

That said I am sure someone here will know it. (You're right. It is definitely not Lavender.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Name That Plant

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:59AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

WAG.. purple loosestrife..

the invasive one ...

verify that

ken

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 8:03AM
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ryseryse_2004

It could be any number of plants from loosestrife to delphinium ---- it helps to have leaves attached.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 9:06AM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Maybe a Veronica, try the other forum and let us know how it turns out.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:08AM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

Doesn't look like any of the Veronica spicata cultivars (at least) I'm familiar with (below the flowering part).

Agree with Ken - looks very much like purple loosestrife.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 11:01AM
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florauk(8/9)

I don't think this is purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). That doesn't leave the stigma behind when the petals drop and the unopened buds look wrong.

Pictures of the foliage, the habit and an in focus, clear view of a flower and bud would really help.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:52PM
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gailwrite(6KY)

If it is very erect it may be obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:25PM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

Re Florauk re purple loosestrife:

Top 'Rosy Gem' and bottom 'Morden Pink'.

Think I've changed my mind.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:47PM
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MulchMama

It could also be a salvia, either 'May Night' or Cara Donna'. Need to see foliage pics.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:51PM
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MulchMama

It could also be a salvia, either 'May Night' or Cara Donna'. Need to see foliage pics.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:54PM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

As MulchMama says, need the pictures from Tawnybee.

But below, the tail-end of 'Caradonna' (bottom) and 'Mainacht' (May Night).(top).

Not great picture, but different.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 3:01PM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

Also, where did it come from, etc.?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 3:16PM
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gardengal48

What does the foliage look like? Could it be purple toadflax, Linaria purpurea?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 3:33PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

It isn't Linaria purpurea- the stem/foliage on those are pretty glaucus. Plus the flowers are distinctly snapdragon-like ;-)

While I've never seen a purple loosestrife in real life, I always thought the flowers were "fatter"?

I'm fairly certain it IS a Veronica. Could be a Veronicastrum if the whole head (with side shoots of flowers) wasn't picked. My bet still goes with Veronica though ;-) I've noticed the flower density/how close packed the flowers are really differs from cultivar to cultivar. It always seems the longifolia types are longer and "sparse" looking somehow.

Pic below of my 'Red Fox' Veronica to show how the stigmas are left behind. Link shows it on Veronicastrum...
CMK

Here is a link that might be useful: Veronicastrum

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 5:21PM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

Picture certainly looks similar.

From memory, I'd have said not Veronicastrum virginicum.

Unfortunately have already cut them back.

However, picture of 'Lavendelturm' (Lavender Towers: in the reference picture) in our garden in July.

.

This post was edited by SunnyBorders on Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 1:39

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 12:39AM
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