Plant ID forum: Unknown plant

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Aug 16, 2014 8:33 AM CST
This plant was brought to me in early summer to see if I could recognize it. So I've grown it to a blooming plant now and I haven't a clue. The blooms look like tiny gloxinia blooms, very attractive. About 3/4" long; 1/2" wide at the lip. No hair on the leaves. The leaves look like delicate elm leaves. The buds are perched at the top of the stems. I don't know whether those the plant has now will be all or if the terminal will continue to grow and produce more buds. The plants (there are two) branched naturally. It's also a small plant at this point at 7 1/2" tall. It looks like an annual plant to me, but it returns each year in a pot for the person who brought it to me and these two were dug out from those. I don't know if they are reseeding or possibly returning from the root system. I haven't seen the root system since it was already potted when I received. It came from the Houston area.
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Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 16, 2014 8:54 AM CST
Torenia fournieri, wishboneflower, clown flower possibly or a hybrid of Torenia

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)


http://www.floridata.com/ref/t/tore_fou.cfm

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Aug 16, 2014 9:11 AM CST
Yes, looks like you've pegged it. Thanks so much, Jean. Now I just have to figure out how to collect seeds so I can have it again next summer. The dry Texas heat I have hasn't fazed it.
Donald
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Aug 16, 2014 5:58 PM CST
This plant reseeds for me in zone 7a.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 16, 2014 8:46 PM CST
You are most welcome, Donald. Here is some info on Torenias in general, including seed collection and care. Most info says part sun, but in the Southern part of the country that means only morning sun or dappled shade. Hope this helps. Jean

http://thenerdygardener.hubpages.com/hub/Wishbone-Flower-Tor...

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/seedsave/gal08133729...

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/seedsave/gal081337294771.... (This link has a good pic of the seed pods)
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Aug 16, 2014 9:12 PM CST
I think the seeds are going to be very small. The trick will be to collect and store them. Hopefully I can get them started in a container and in the future let them reseed on their own. That's how the person that sent it to me is growing them. However, my area isn't the same climate as Houston and these are just in a 6" clay pot. Not much area to catch seeds.

Are you growing them in pots, Linda? Or are they in the ground?
Donald

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