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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 19, 2012 8:56 AM CST
Is this a coleus?

I found this plant growing in a container along with some coleus. Does any know if it is a coleus? Thumb of 2012-07-19/stilldew/bd6911
It's about 16" tall in the mixed container. Thumb of 2012-07-19/stilldew/1a578c
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purpleinopp
Jul 19, 2012 12:15 PM CST
Probably, especially if it makes flowers soon. Mine all started a couple weeks ago. Is it your container?
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Onewish1
Jul 19, 2012 5:05 PM CST

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could be.. maybe a perilla?.. I personally have not seen one that color.. doesn't mean anything.. hopefully someone is growing it so you can find out which it is
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Onewish1
Jul 19, 2012 5:12 PM CST

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the stem reminds me of the alternanthera I have... but again I haven't seen one that color
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stilldew
Jul 20, 2012 1:45 AM CST
I did a lot of image searching tonight and can't find any alternathera, perilla, iresine or plectranthus that really match it. I'm leaning towards plecthanthus. Going to go take a photo of the plant in the container one of these days and will watch to see if it blooms. The planter is outside a building near where I work. I stuck the cutting in soil and will try to get a little one to try rooting it in water. Looks very nice with the coleus. It has a little more thickness to the leaf than most coleus or perillas I've seen.
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Onewish1
Jul 20, 2012 2:50 AM CST

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the thickness & the shine in the leaf... or at least the photo seems that way... was pushing me away from coleus as well.. it is really pretty.. hope we can figure it out... I will keep looking
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wcgypsy
Jul 20, 2012 3:02 AM CST
It looks like salvia 'Dancing Flame'...
But...as it says below, I could be wrong...lol..
I could be wrong...
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Onewish1
Jul 20, 2012 3:28 AM CST

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the colors are right Hurray! closer than I could find
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stilldew
Jul 20, 2012 4:58 AM CST
You are good! I think you're right too. I never even thought of a salvia because of the lack of flowers. Maybe someone deadhead it or it's a late bloomer? Will keep an eye on it and let you know.

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Danita
Jul 20, 2012 5:18 AM CST
I'm with Sherry, it looks like Salvia splendens 'Dancing Flames'. It's a short-day bloomer so you should start seeing blooms in late summer and fall. Salvias are usually pretty easy to root so be sure to make use of that nice cutting. Smiling
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stilldew
Jul 20, 2012 9:57 AM CST
Thanks agin for the help. Here's a shot of the pot that it's growing in. I thinks it's really the star of the container.
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And from the other side.
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purpleinopp
Jul 20, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Love that pot, good use of Scaveola! The exposure might help ID. No familiarity with the Salvia, but would expect to find it in full sun if it's like other Salvias. If it's a Perilla, it's got to be a pretty new one. The Perilla magilla I have takes about 3x as long as Coleus to make roots in water, which Coleus usually does within a week. Not had many Plectranthus, but I don't remember having any without a fairly strong scent (as I would also expect from a Salvia in my limited experience with them.) Any olfactory input on this plant?

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wcgypsy
Jul 20, 2012 2:56 PM CST
Ideal conditions for the salvia splendens would be morning sun or dappled light. There are plecs with scent...such as plectranthus madagascariensis, aka 'Mint Leaf'.
I could be wrong...
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Onewish1
Jul 20, 2012 7:45 PM CST

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it is very pretty.. one for my list!!!
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purpleinopp
Jul 27, 2012 8:59 AM CST
Just occurred to me to wonder if the Salvia mentioned would be expected to be blooming now?
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wcgypsy
Jul 27, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Danita mentioned above that it should be blooming in late Summer and Fall.....
I could be wrong...
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Onewish1
Jul 28, 2012 8:32 AM CST

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my self sowed ones are getting close to blooming here.. but not yet
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purpleinopp
Jul 28, 2012 5:23 PM CST
Cool, thanks! When I searched, all I saw were plants with blooms. I hope 'still' will post if flowers show up. Love a good mystery!
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stilldew
Aug 25, 2012 12:34 AM CST
I checked the container a few days ago and the salvia was not blooming yet. Foliage looks great. My little cutting is showing no signs of roots yet. I may try to get a few more cutting right before the first frost.
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Onewish1
Aug 25, 2012 6:06 AM CST

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can't wait to see it!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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