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What is this beautiful unknown?

Posted by desertdance So CA Zone 9b (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 15:10

The flower resembles Lantana, but the leaves are a lot different!

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From a distance, it looks purple. Up close, each Florette is different. The older ones are deep blue, and they range from lavendar, pink to white all in one blossom.

The leaves are almost like rosemary, and it's found a home in a rosemary clump. The leaves are soft and feathery.

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It is drought resistant because it gets very little water. It is located on a rocky bank by our road. There is another high on the hill appearing to grow right out of a crack in a boulder.

No close neighbor has this flower.

Looking forward to your ID!

Suzi


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RE: What is this beautiful unknown?

Verbena


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RE: What is this beautiful unknown?

Thank you Carol! I looked Verbena up, and that's exactly it! Wish I knew which variety it is. There are so many varieties!!

I have it in two places in the yard, so I'm hoping it self seeds, but I'll get some seeds just in case!

Thanks!

Suzi


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  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 17:07

I think it is Glandularia pulchella, South American mock vervain, which has naturalized in Southern California. -It was formerly classified as a Verbena.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glandularia pulchella, South American mock vervain


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susanc, I think you are correct. It is a beautiful flower, and since I'm in Southern California, it's probably the one!

I went on Ebay and found several verbena seeds but the leaves are really different. the South American mock vervain has a ferny like leaf.

I ordered a packet of those seeds from Diane's Flower Seeds, and am also ordering a variety of other colors of verbena from Ebay.

We do have the conditions it likes, and plenty of room for masses of color. The one in the crack in the boulder was there last year, so it must be a perennial, but this one I showed is in a different spot. It must have been planted by a seed.

So very pretty!

Thanks!

Suzi


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RE: What is this beautiful unknown?

It looks like the sort of sub-shrubby plant that would be easy from heel cuttings.


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Oh boy! Now I need to figure out what heel cuttings are. Time to Google!!

I'll try! Would love to see this in many places on our 1.5 acres!

Suzi


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RE: What is this beautiful unknown?

These instructions are for Lavender but the principle's the same. Also works for Rosemary, Ceanothus, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: Heel cuttings


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RE: What is this beautiful unknown?

Thanks for the link floral_uk! Makes it look easy! I'll try it!

I'm very experienced with fig and mulberry cuttings, but this is a new adventure!

Suzi


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