Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Does anyone recognize this one?

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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Jul 19, 2015 9:36 AM CST
Hi everyone,

My first post in this forum. It is nice to meet you.

I found this plant in my garden today. I don't remember planting it, so I guess it was a bird-dropping gift. Does it look familiar to you?

It has a cute purple flower, I hope it is not a thug.

Joseph














Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 10:12 AM CST

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Welcome, @Gerris2! Welcome! It's nice to see you here!
I was thinking it looked a bit like my wild petunia, Ruellia ciliosa aka Ruellia humilis!
Wild Petunia (Ruellia ciliosa)
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jul 19, 2015 11:15 AM CST
I agree And, Welcome! Gerris2.

Always nice when a friendly and attractive plant volunteers in the garden and this one is host plant to the Common Buckeye butterfly too, it says at that link to the database. Looks like a match to me.

I have a patch of Plantago Major that is also a Buckeye host plant but also considered a weed by most people. I've gotten so interested in butterflies I am trying to accumulate host plants for them so I am leaving that plantain (though I expect it's probably more thuggish than the Ruellia.)
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 11:53 AM CST

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I've been accumulating butterfly host plants, too! No Buckeye sightings for me, though--although I just saw my first tiger swallowtail in my yard for the season! So excited!



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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

Morning Glories Adeniums Region: Delaware Salvias Composter Container Gardener
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Gerris2
Jul 19, 2015 11:56 AM CST
Thanks so much! It does match the description of Ruellia ciliosa! Awesome!!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 12:00 PM CST

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I really like my wild petunia and have not found it at all thuggish! Thumbs up
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Jul 28, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Joseph, Beautiful Avatar you have there.
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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

Morning Glories Adeniums Region: Delaware Salvias Composter Container Gardener
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America
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Gerris2
Jul 28, 2015 3:57 PM CST
Thanks, Holly, it is a cultivar of Ipomoea nil called Blue Silk. It is one of my all-time favorites.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jul 28, 2015 4:23 PM CST

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It is very beautiful, Joseph!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Jul 28, 2015 8:42 PM CST
I use to grow morning glories but haven't for a couple of years now. Maybe next year.
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