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Jan 24, 2014 3:14 PM CST
pic from Houston 4-30


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growitall
Jan 24, 2014 7:28 PM CST
Could you add a photo to show the entire plant?
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Jan 24, 2014 7:54 PM CST
Afraid not, pic was from Houston when visiting my daughter, it's the only one of this plant.
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Jan 24, 2014 8:07 PM CST
It puts me in mind of a double-flowered Kalmia, e.g. Kalmia latifolia 'Madeline':

http://plantlust.com/plants/kalmia-latifolia-madeline/
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greene
Jan 24, 2014 9:34 PM CST
It looks like a floral arrangement called a 'pomander', popular at the moment for weddings.
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Danita
Jan 24, 2014 10:13 PM CST
The flowers and leaves remind me of a double-flowered form of Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus.) It's a little hard to tell for sure from the photo, but the basic flower shape and stamen and pistil arrangement look about right. If it is, it is an exceptionally nice form with that dreamy coloration. Lovely! Lovey dubby
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Jan 24, 2014 10:15 PM CST
Can you provide any clues? Was this likely a shrub, perennial, other?
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Jan 25, 2014 12:26 AM CST
If I remember correctly, a hanging basket...
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Jan 25, 2014 12:28 AM CST

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I think some human intervention might have been involved. It looks like a pomander ball studded with azalea blooms.
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jmorth
Jan 25, 2014 2:20 AM CST
It was a while back when I was down there; I came across the pic when reviewing my rather massive library of photos.
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SongofJoy
Jan 25, 2014 3:01 AM CST
Looks like azalea blossoms in there to me too.
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Danita
Jan 25, 2014 5:17 AM CST
It's definitely not an Azalea. The pistil shape is totally wrong for an Azalea. Notice how the pistils are split or forked.

It still looks like a double Dianthus barbatus to me.
The pistil shape is right, see photo for comparison (plant in photo is single-flowered rather than double):


The stamen and anther shape and coloration is right:
http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/2013piggyseedswap/image/339...

Dianthus barbatus plants have the same leaf shape, have "balls" of flowers, often have flowers with mutable coloration like this specimen and double forms also exist. It just looks like one with an exceptionally nice-looking form and coloration to me.

Now I want one that looks like this one! Big Grin
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Jan 25, 2014 5:33 AM CST
Most likely. Paid no attention to the pistils.
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Jan 25, 2014 12:30 PM CST
Just a guess but think it could be a verbena? http://search.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?s_it=imageDetails&q=p...
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 25, 2014 12:55 PM CST
How big was the actual cluster? 1 or 4 or 6 inches across?
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Jan 25, 2014 12:58 PM CST
More in the 4 to 6" range
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 25, 2014 3:26 PM CST
The wire support ring is confusing to me, but its looks a lot like one of the Ball Rhododendrons?
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greene
Jan 25, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Am I the only person who is seeing two distinctly different flowers in this photo?
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Jan 25, 2014 7:23 PM CST
To my eyes it's a pomander made of azalea blooms.
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Jan 25, 2014 7:33 PM CST

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I only see one, with variations of colors appearing in the blooms.
I think Danita may be right, when I first saw it too thought it looked like a dianthus.
Here is a photo of Dianthus barbatus that looks a lot like it.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dianthus_barbatus_flo...
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