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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
May 12, 2014 2:30 PM CST
I bought this little plant at a local nursery and wondered what it is. The leaves remind me of figs, but they are very thin and there is no smell. There was a whole tray of them in the nursery and none had labels, and the owner of the nursery said that she didn't know what they were (her daughter did some of the planting).
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 12, 2014 4:05 PM CST
The leaves remind me of Passiflora http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Passiflora/
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dave
May 12, 2014 6:18 PM CST

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I keep thinking it looks like an Hibiscus or Malva or something like that.
Name: Greene
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greene
May 12, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Abelmoschus like an Okra?
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May 12, 2014 9:12 PM CST

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@zuzu may know.
Name: Zuzu
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May 12, 2014 9:40 PM CST

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Nope. Doesn't ring any bells.
Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
May 13, 2014 12:35 AM CST
I'm thinking I will call the nursery and see if the lady's daughter is available and knows what it is.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
May 13, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Perhaps Abelmochus moschatus, ( Indian Musk Mallow/rose mallow, Ambrette )
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
May 13, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Looks like an okra to me.
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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
May 26, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Here's an update on the plant. The lady who owns the nursery asked her daughter (who planted them) and it is apparently a luffa! I've never seen one but I thought it would be more vine-like.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 26, 2014 8:08 PM CST
I've grown lufas... and that is not one...
I would guess Hibiscus sabdariffa
Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
May 26, 2014 8:35 PM CST
Thank you, Stone. I would like to grow luffa some time (but it might need a longer summer than we get up here) but I always liked hibiscus tea when I lived in the Caribbean, they called it Sorrel there.
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Name: Greene
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greene
May 26, 2014 8:40 PM CST
I agree, not a Luffa; not L. acutangula (ridged) nor L. cylindrica (smooth). Perhaps the daughter is mistaken or received the seeds in a trade and the seeds were marked incorrectly.

Did you buy one of these plants? If so, we can wait for the flowers and/or fruit to make the identification.
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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
May 26, 2014 9:48 PM CST
Yes, I bought one and planted it out today. I'll take more pictures when something develops!
Lore Lisa

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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
Jul 4, 2014 3:26 PM CST
Here are some pictures that I took today. Sorry about the tomato and squash plants that are trying to hog te limelight!
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Lore Lisa

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 5, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Did someone earlier suggest Hibiscus sabdariffa?

https://www.google.com/search?q=Hibiscus+sabdariffa+leaf+ima...

http://groweat.blogspot.com/2012/09/hibiscus-sabdariffa.html...

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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Jul 5, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Wild guesses.... Abelmoschus manihot? Manihot sp.?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 5, 2014 2:06 PM CST
There are a few Abelmoschus listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Abelmoschus/ but I only found one photo showing leaves:
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 5, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Just looking at leaves it tricky. I have the Abelmoschus moshatus, I added photos to the Database. The leaves are constantly changing on my plant.
My Ablemoschus moshatus is quite short and the 'mystery plant' is tall, more like the Red/Ruby Okra or the H. sabdariffa.

As soon as the mystery plant makes flowers we should be more positive of the ID.
This is one of the 'funnest' IDs recently. Hilarious!
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Jul 5, 2014 3:50 PM CST
Here's Abelmoschus manihot:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abelmoschus_manihot_s...
http://www.google.ca/search?q=abelmoschus+manihot&client=saf...

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