Plant ID forum: Penstemon - which one?; Nepeta (Nepeta subsessilis)

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Dec 9, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Started from collected seed.
Perennial in zone 5b (or 6) northeastern Indiana.
Growing in mostly shade and amended heavy clay.
Blooms can appear rose-colored grown in sun - more violet-toned in shade.
Plants shown are three years old, and 20 - 24" in height.
Bloom period begins early summer.


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Thanks!
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Dec 9, 2012 7:47 PM CST
It's not a Penstemon. It's in Lamiacaea... I'll try to figure out which species, though chances are someone will beat me to it! Smiling
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 9, 2012 8:11 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Well, that's most certainly why I can't find anything even remotely close in the Penstemon sector! I still don't know where to begin looking, so I'll wait patiently.

Thanks for looking, Lori!
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Dec 9, 2012 8:18 PM CST
Looks a lot like Nepeta subsessilis:
http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=nepeta+subsessilis&um=1&hl=en&...
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 10, 2012 6:19 AM CST
Thanks so much, Lori!

I'm glad to know that it's a form of Nepeta. I hadn't realized there are such wide variations in this family of plants!


I'm thinking it might be a seedling of 'Candy Cat'. The pictures I've seen show pink to violet blooms, and the leaves and habit look to be identical to mine. Plus, it would have been something that was mass-produced, since my mom purchased the parent plant locally.

One reason I had thought that it might be Penstemon was the size of the bloom; it's very large in comparison to my other Nepetas. Thumbs up
http://www.perennialresource.com/plants/general-perennial/14...

I really appreciate your help! This had been an unknown for years...
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Dec 10, 2012 7:22 AM CST
You're welcome. Yes, Nepeta subsessilis has large flowers compared to most Nepeta.

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