Plant ID forum: Ocala Florida shrub with blue flowers

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Dec 28, 2013 1:51 PM CST
From my mail box:

I found this plant with the blue flowers and striking green and white buds in a vacant area here in Ocala .
I have no idea what it is. Have never seen anything like it before.
It has semi-wooden stems and grows sort of like a small shrub.
I tried looking it up without much luck.

I am hoping that maybe you might know what it is.
It is a close-up picture of course. The buds do not get that large as in the picture.


Seems familiar....
But I'm hitting on blank.




Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Dec 28, 2013 2:30 PM CST
Based on the photo, I knew it had to be a member of the Acanthaceae family so after a little research, I think I found it...
Eranthemum pulchellum!

http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/ERANTHEMUM_PULCHELLUM.ht...

It is so pretty! Lovey dubby
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Dec 28, 2013 3:02 PM CST
Thanks Danita!
I think you're right... Just gotta confirm with my friend...

I found this blog post of pics.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Dec 28, 2013 3:40 PM CST
It's always fun to learn about a new flower! If it wasn't tender and winter-blooming, I'd be hunting down a source. Big Grin

Make sure your friend sees this pic as it shows those distinctive bracts very clearly:
http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/04/5000/4706.jpg
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 28, 2013 4:15 PM CST
Everyone around here calls this plant "Blue Sage" which was really confusing to me. There's a very large, beautiful specimen of Eranthemum (Eranthemum pulchellum) at our little Botanical Gardens here in my area. I got cuttings a few months ago that rooted easily and I hope to find a shady spot in the yard to plant them in spring!
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