Plant ID forum: Weed it or feed it?

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Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 8, 2012 10:35 AM CST
Hi,
I have this growing in my west garden. I'm not sure if this is some sort of weed or what. I was thinking Mexican Petunia but not sure. The plant has not bloomed of yet. Does anyone know what this is?Thumb of 2012-06-08/floweringdelights/807e69
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JRsbugs
Jun 8, 2012 10:47 AM CST
Hi fd, Welcome!

Could you be more specific where your west garden is?

Ruellia brittoniana does look a good bet, I can see it has the same leaf venation ..

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gingin
Jun 8, 2012 2:50 PM CST
Hi there...no idea on an ID, but I love the title of your thread Rolling on the floor laughing And BTW Welcome! Welcome!
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krancmm
Jun 8, 2012 4:18 PM CST
I agree with Ruellia brittoniana. If it is Ruellia, depending on where you're located, it's either a "feed", or as in my area, an aggressive self-seeding perennial (annual north) even if it is a Texas Superstar (dwarf form 'Katie' only). The species gets about 3'-4' and has underground runners and well as seeds. The dwarf 'Katie' (1'-2') puts all her effort into setting seeds and spewing them everywhere.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 9, 2012 9:20 AM CST
As Monica says, it depends upon where you are. Your profile doesn't include a location, are you in Canada? Mexico? Ruellia is an invasive weed here in Florida too, but further north it's widely used as a wonderful perennial.
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Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 9, 2012 10:02 AM CST
Hi!
Thanks JRsb. I agree This plant is growing in my west garden in the New Orleans area. I'm zone 9b. Thanks for providing the link as well!
gingin, thanks!
kranc,
I think this may be the dwarf version Mexican petunia. I will keep my eyes out for sure with invasiveness of this plant. Rolling my eyes.
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I just completed the right section under my profile, thanks to yall. Since I'm new here, I am slowly learning my way around. Great site!
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chelle
Jun 9, 2012 10:16 AM CST
I have to say that the title of your thread made me Big Grin as well, FD!

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lovemyhouse
Jun 9, 2012 10:34 AM CST
I agree I agree nodding nodding Welcome! Welcome!
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 9, 2012 11:46 AM CST
I agree with Ruellia brittoniana. I'm betting in N.O. it's invasive like it is in Fl.

And Welcome! to the site!

I know you're still learning your way around so don't take this the wrong way okay? When an ID is made sufficient to suit the satisfaction of the original poster then we mark the thread as closed or "done". You will see an option for doing that both at the top of the thread and near the bottom when you go to make a reply. Only the op can mark it as done as the rest of us don't see the option on our screens. Now, however, if you aren't sure the plant is what we think then by all means leave the thread open! It's perfectly fine to do that & wait until the plant blooms so you can be sure. Green Grin!
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Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 9, 2012 11:47 AM CST
Y'all are sweet! Thanks for the nice welcome! I'm trying to learn my slow way around here. LOL Smiling
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 9, 2012 11:52 AM CST
floweringdelights said:Y'all are sweet! Thanks for the nice welcome! I'm trying to learn my slow way around here. LOL Smiling

It takes time. And the site is growing so rapidly! Dave gives us new features & goodies every day; he spoils us rotten! nodding
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Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 9, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Hi flaf,
Thanks for the heads up! I welcome all the help I can get. Smiling Good to know about keeping a thread open vs. closing a thread. I would agree my plant in question is Ruellia brittoniana. I think I will keep the thread open until I see blooms. I'll post pics hopefully when I see those blooms! Smiling Thanks again!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 9, 2012 11:53 AM CST
YVW!
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Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
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krancmm
Jun 10, 2012 5:11 AM CST
floweringdelights said:New Orleans area. I'm zone 9b.


Welcome! from me too! I'm pretty new also. Great to see another Gulf Coast gardener - we can complain about the same things! Big Grin
Monica
Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 10, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Hi kranc,
thanks! I see we are in the same plant zone as well, 9b. Ours recently got changed from 9a to 9b.
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extranjera
Jun 10, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Welcome! I'm waving to you from the other side of the pond, the "southern" Gulf coast Hilarious! Not far as the flamenco flies but quite a ways on land.
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Name: floweringdelights
New Orleans, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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floweringdelights
Jun 10, 2012 1:02 PM CST
hi extran, I tip my hat to you. awwh, you are sweet, and far away. Smiling

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