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Name: Juli
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daylily
Apr 2, 2012 7:15 PM CST
I bought this plant at a local perennial nursery at least 10 years ago. I moved pieces of it to new areas last year. I would love to know what it is. In the back of my mind, I think it may be some sort of lobelia? In it's original location it formed a small mass, perhaps 2 feet across in all those years. The foliage may be (without measuring) 2-4" high. The blooms may be 1/4- 1/3" across. I now have two "clumps" - one in semi shade that is by itself, and one in sun that is mixed with some sort of "pinks". It is blooming now, when the crabapple is just coming into bloom, and the daffs are just going out of bloom. The foliage stays green until the worst freezes of winter.

This one is in part shade. I included some pulmonaria and also a coral bell that is just coming up for size comparison.
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This is the one in the sun, that I have mixed in with what I think is a "pink" (dianthus of some sort - it was mislabeled as a thyme)
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This is as good as I could get for a close up. Sorry, a bit blurry in parts. Please enlarge, as I labeled the foliage so you can see which one belongs to the blue flowered plant.
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It grew in full sun for years. A lady was here who knows a TON about perennials and said she thought it was a shade plant but could not come up with the name. She works at the nursery where I bought it. So, when I was taking out the bed it was in, I split it into pieces and put some in shade, some in sun.

The last few years when I went to the nursery where I bought it, I have looked for anything like it, but have not seen it. So, I have no idea. When Iook up blue perennial lobelias, I come up with much larger plants...

The stamens and pistil seem quite unique.

Shrug!
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Name: Zuzu
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Apr 2, 2012 7:25 PM CST

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That looks like a Veronica, maybe Georgia Blue?
Name: Juli
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daylily
Apr 2, 2012 8:23 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I believe you are correct! I have some of the catalogs the nursery puts out, and the earliest one I have is 2007. I looked in there, and sure enough, they carried Georgia Blue back then, although they do not have it listed the last few years.

Oh, I am happy to find out what this is. I will move the one from the shade into the sun tomorrow! Most sites I saw for it said partial to full sun.

It is a lovely little thing!

I have grown quite a few veronicas - but never one with this habit and leaf color. Veronica 'Aztec Gold' is one of my favorite perennials, as is Eveline. I also have **something* Candles...maybe Royal Candles. I would have to look it up.

ZuZu, you are GOOD! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Apr 2, 2012 8:29 PM CST

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Aw, shucks, Juli. That was easy. I've had it growing in my garden for years. Smiling
Name: Juli
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daylily
Apr 2, 2012 8:33 PM CST
I hope it grows better in front of the house than it did in the back. I feel like a terrible "owner" when sites say it should be 2-3 feet in diameter and mine was only about 14-16" after years and years. But, then, the "bed" it was in didn't really have good soil, and not much attention. Now, it's in much better soil... nicely amended... even if one is in the shade.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Apr 2, 2012 8:37 PM CST

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Mine's growing in the shade and spreads like crazy, but my shade probably is not the same as your shade. It gets pretty hot here in the sun.

I'm sure it will love its new location and new soil.

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