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Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-22

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Mystery plant

The gardeners at UCLA just tore out a whole slew of chokeberries and planted whatever that is above. They're nice shrubby things, about two feet tall, with bright green foliage and these odd, layered flowers that look like pinwheels. Anyone recognize these plants?

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Submitted by insanelysane on

That's a great color flower, unfortunately, I have no idea what it is. Now, I will go waste a few hours trying to identify it. LOL It's raining here, anyway, and I have nothing else to do. Those leaves look so familiar and I think I've seen this plant with a lavender purple flower recently. Hmmmm.

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Submitted by twig on

the leaves look so familiar, a bit like oleander, but different. And I keep thinking the flowers are the wrong color -- except I don't actually recall seeing flowers like this before, in any color! Plus, my brain is refusing to kick in this morning. May be time to quit trying and do something else for a while.

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Submitted by twig on

And if not, you still get a hat tip for trying. And for introducing us (me?) to a plant I've never heard of before. Thanks!