What's Blooming in February: February Contest Entries

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What's Blooming in February

By LarryR
February 18, 2012

Last month's Name That Bloom Contest subject was the Black Locust Tree, Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe.' Check in to see who was the first to give us the right answer and while you're here, check out this month's mystery flower, too.

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Feb 17, 2012 7:03 PM CST
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BookerC1
Feb 19, 2012 11:42 AM CST
I believe it is Torenia fournieri, also sometimes known as Bluewings or Wishbone flower.

No idea on the cultivar, though. :)

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LarryR
Feb 20, 2012 12:33 AM CST
Good guess, Angie, but no cigar! Big Grin
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Sharon
Feb 20, 2012 12:48 AM CST
I keep thinking Honeywort.
Honeywort (Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens')

But I don't think so. Just wanted to throw that out to you so you can toss it right back to me.
Honeywort doesn't open up like that, I think.

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Feb 20, 2012 12:58 AM CST
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Love that plant, Sharon! I used to grow cerinthe and had forgotten all about it. I'll have to remedy that this spring. Smiling

Sorry, no cigar for you either.

Keep checking, I may start giving hints.
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Sharon
Feb 20, 2012 1:05 AM CST
Larry, does the foliage in the photo belong to the bloom??
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Sharon
Feb 20, 2012 1:08 AM CST
OK, I'll throw one more out to you.

How about a geriatric, semi mutant Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis).
Probably not. They are a paler blue. And have fewer petals. Except for the geriatric mutant ones.
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LarryR
Feb 20, 2012 5:06 PM CST
Hilarious!

Yes, the leaves belong to the same plant as the flower.
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Sharon
Feb 20, 2012 5:17 PM CST
I think it's a broken blue satin lady slipper.

OK. That's it. I give up, Larry.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 10:36 AM CST
This month's mystery plant looks very familiar but I won't venture a guess since I won last month .... but, I do have a question: Does this pretty plant enjoy a trellis for support?
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LarryR
Feb 21, 2012 10:05 PM CST
Yes, Lin, it does, but a small one! (You could whisper your guess to me via Tree-mail. Smiling )

Here's another hint for y'all to ponder:
This plant is the only one in its genus with a blue flower, and most other members of the genus have flowers of a different shape and those flowers all have petals.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 10:50 PM CST
Larry: Is the photo in your post here: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/217018/ the same plant? hmmm ... I need to think on this one awhile longer because after seeing that photo and reading your hint I realize that my guess would be wrong. Smiling
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Sharon
Feb 21, 2012 10:58 PM CST
Nope, Lin, the photo in your link is honeywort, which was my original guess.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 11:05 PM CST
Thanks Sharon, I wasn't sure. I've never heard of Honeywort and I had to google and read about it. What a gorgeous plant ... I just might have to order seeds for that one! Smiling
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Sharon
Feb 21, 2012 11:16 PM CST
Isn't it pretty? I've never had it either, but have been thinking about it.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 11:24 PM CST
I just sent Larry a tree mail and whispered my guess as to the mystery plant ... but after more thought I think my second guess is wrong too. Smiling
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 11:38 PM CST
I just sent another *whisper* guess to Larry but I think I'm really striking out. It sure is a lovely plant and I look forward to having the mystery solved when Larry reveals the identity of this months mystery plant.

Larry: I forgot to say how much I enjoy your articles!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Feb 22, 2012 8:28 PM CST
Glad you're having fun. Me too!
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KyWoods
Feb 25, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Kinda looks like one of the silk flowers our deer chewed on then spit out...pretty color, though!
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Sharon
Feb 25, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Ha!
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