The Q&A Archives: Unknow Plant With Multiple Flowers On One Stem.

Question: I'm looking for a plant with beautiful, deep, peach-colored flowers, with creamy centers (almost a cross between an azalea and a hibiscus, in shape). Possible names given to me by nursery attendant: dilitia, liditia, leditia. He could not identify it by looking at a specimen I took to the store. Multiply flowers on one long stem, which was completely covered by many, long, thin, and pointed green leaves. They lasted 2 weeks in my vase. Very interested in the purchase of one plant, but would like to know any other color variety, if any. Also, requirements for planting, such as soil, light, etc. plant preferences. Would very much appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you! A.C.A.

Answer: Without seeing the flower, I'm only guessing, but Cleome (Spider Flower) and Dictamnus have flowers with protruding stamens like azalea flowers, and both plants have narrow, pointed leaves. On both plants, the flower spikes contain many single flowers. Hedychium, a member of the ginger family, has similar flower structure but the leaves are larger. I'm not familiar with the names the nursery attendant provided and I can't find them in my reference books. I can only suggest you visit the library and find pictures of Cleome and Dictamnus to compare to your memory of the flowers. Once you've determined which plant you're looking for, you can resubmit a question and we'll provide cultural information for you. Best wishes in your search!

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