Plant ID forum: Identify plant

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Name: Susan
Silver Lake NY 14549
Aug 29, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I was given a planter on Mother"s day and it contained this plant in bloom. I transplanted it to a flower box outside in a dappled shade area. It has started to bloom again. I am currently in zone 5b and will be spending some of the winter months in 8 b. I am not sure if this is a perennial and can be put in the ground to winter up here, or should I take it south to winter over as a houseplant. I have checked with most of my plant expert friends but have not received any positive identification. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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Aug 29, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Hi Susan and WELCOME to ATP Welcome! Welcome!

If you will post your images here:

this forum is specifically for identifying those mystery plants we all have.

Glad you're here and I bet you'll have a id on those images in no time at all! Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Aug 29, 2013 10:55 AM CST Admin

We generally just move the thread to the plant id forum rather than asking the member to re-post it elsewhere. I moved it to the plant id forum.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Aug 29, 2013 11:00 AM CST
Welcome Susan! Smiling

It appears to be Lavandula multifida (Fernleaf Lavender.) It should be hardy to about zone 8, if drainage is good. It sounds like you may want to take it with you to zone 8b. If you give it a decent size pot, you should be able to let it stay outside for most of the winter there and only bring it in if you get a really hard freeze. It's a Mediterranean plant, and they usually don't do well as long-term house plants. See link: Lavender (Lavandula multifida)

Best of luck! Big Grin

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