Plant ID forum: ID needed for what should be a flowering plant

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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 19, 2012 12:41 PM CST
I started some seeds of this plant last year, and transplanted into the ground late summer. I couldn't remember what the plant was, so I was hoping to identify it when it blooms. It did not bloom last year, and I cut it back early spring. It has come back with a vengeance, but still no bloom. I am hoping that someone here would recognize the plant by the leaves and stem. I know it does flower because I got it from a seed swap Hilarious!

I need to know whether it is worth keeping or not. I was not expecting it to get this tall - I thought it was going to be only 1-2 ft high. Definitely too tall for the spot I have it in.

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Oct 20, 2012 4:01 AM CST
maybe a Hydrangia?
That would explain why it didn't bloom this year after trimming it down in spring. It blooms on previous year stalks..
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 20, 2012 10:14 AM CST
No, I don't think it is a hydrangea. The leaves are a little smaller. But thanks for the reply!
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Oct 20, 2012 10:38 AM CST
Do you think it could be some kind of Hibiscus?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 20, 2012 3:24 PM CST
My first thought was possibly a Hibiscus but then after looking more closely at the foliage, it reminded me of Salvia.
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 20, 2012 9:42 PM CST
It would have been a seed that I requested from a seed swap. I don't recall asking for any hibiscus, but a salvia is a good possibility. Guess I may just have to wait to see if it will ever flower to know.
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 20, 2012 9:49 PM CST
Salvia have square stems. That one appears to be round.
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 20, 2012 10:00 PM CST
Jay, It does indeed have a round stem.
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Horntoad
Oct 20, 2012 11:27 PM CST
I really have no idea but the leave do look like some of the Malvaceae family which includes hibiscus. Here is a list of native "Mallows". Even if it is not on the list, maybe some of the names may ring a bell.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/search.php?start=0&pagecoun...
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 21, 2012 12:35 AM CST
No - that doesn't ring a bell.

I thought it may be an ageratum, but it is so much taller than most photos of ageratum that I have seen. I planted several other ageratums, but they were all about 12 inches tall.
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JRsbugs
Oct 21, 2012 4:23 AM CST
I'm seeing a resemblance to Hibiscus but without flowers anything is a guess. A perennial will probably flower in the second year given the size of the plant. Look at the leaves on Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Psyche ..

http://www.hear.org/starr/images/image/?q=070308-5279&o=plan...

The thread "Hibiscus ID, please" in Plant ID forum

It wouldn't be the first time seed was mixed up, or a stray seed got into another. If you know who the seed came from you could ask if they had any Hibiscus seed, or if they recognise the plant.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 21, 2012 6:58 AM CST
If the stems are round it's definitely not Salvia. It reminds me a lot of a Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis that was growing in my backyard for many years.
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 22, 2012 9:15 PM CST
Janet and Lin - thanks for your input. Guess I'll just have to wait until it flowers to find out for sure. I got over 100 different seeds from a seed swap, and I can't remember which container that plant came from. My labeling and tracking system needs some improvement. Hilarious!
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Deebie
Oct 26, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Have you considered agastache? That's what the leaves remind me of.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 26, 2012 9:26 AM CST
Agastache also has square stems.

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