Plant ID forum: Small purple summer flowers.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 23, 2013 5:12 PM CST
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These are a shrubby perennial and each summer they have these little purple flowers. Anyone know what they may be? Thanks!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 23, 2013 5:41 PM CST
My first thought was possibly Dissotis but the bloom shape is off for that one. Sure is pretty whatever it is!!
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Sep 23, 2013 7:28 PM CST
I think it's Leptodermis oblonga.
I have one too and I can never remember its name for some reason. Smiling
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plantladylin
Sep 24, 2013 7:21 AM CST
Danita: that sure looks like it!

Leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga)

http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/LEOB.html
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 24, 2013 9:25 AM CST
Not sure what you mean by "shrubby perennial". It looks like Leptdermis oblonga, but this is a woody plant, although summer growth looks somewhat herbaceous (non-woody). Even in my much harsher zone 4 climate, it never dies back totally to the ground. Some years it dies back to within an inch of the surface, and it does also re-sprout from underground, but there is always growth from at least some wood from the previous year.

Now if you treat it as a perennial and just cut it back anyway, that's a different story, and you've probably never noticed that it doesn't die back so much. I suspect that in your much warmer climate, Leptodermis often won't die back at all.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 24, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Thank you evereyone for your help. Leptodermis oblonga. it is!

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