Plant ID forum: unknown spring blue

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jmorth
May 6, 2012 2:10 PM CST
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dave
May 6, 2012 2:14 PM CST

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Looks a bit like a lamium. Do you have a photo of the leaves?
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jmorth
May 6, 2012 2:19 PM CST
no, plants are grown in a raised bed next to parking area at work, grabbed that top from car window leaving work Friday night...
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Justin
Feb 8, 2014 10:05 AM CST
This one remember me of some flower of a Salvia species.

Like Salvia nemorosa

http://www.bluerivernursery.com/salvia-nemorosa-marcus.html

http://www.biopix.com/wild-sage-salvia-nemorosa_photo-98214....

but I think they are several species with similar blue flower in Salvia.
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stone
Feb 8, 2014 10:55 AM CST
I agree sage...
How about Salvia lyrata? or Salvia verbenaca?

Really difficult to pin down without foliage pics.
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Danita
Feb 8, 2014 7:42 PM CST
The flower structure doesn't look quite right to me for Salvia, close but not quite. Certainly looks like it's in the Lamiaceae family and I'm leaning towards Nepeta. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/252344/

@FBTS Maybe Kermit can give some assistance since he is very knowledgeable on the Lamiaceae family.
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growitall
Feb 8, 2014 9:02 PM CST
I agree that it's Nepeta, probably Nepeta 'Walker's Low' or some other N. x faassenii cv., or N. cataria (more likely the former or similar).
http://www.jcplants.com/nepe_wal_low.htm
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nepeta_cataria_HC1.jp...
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dave
Feb 9, 2014 8:43 AM CST

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We have a huge amount of photos of 'Walker's Low' at

Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low')
Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 9, 2014 10:21 AM CST
@jmorth
You say you snapped the picture on a Friday near work - would that be recently as in last Friday? if not, what time of year did you find these flowers in bloom? That might help.
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jmorth
Feb 9, 2014 12:02 PM CST
It was in early May.
I'm trending to think it's a catmint, probably Walker's Low as the bed was made by professional landscapers and I think utilization of that plant was/is currently in the vogue. I've since retired due to an eye problem that impacted my willingness to drive the 15 miles to and from there.
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pirl
Feb 9, 2014 12:10 PM CST
Good luck with your eye problem, jmorth. I hope it can be treated successfully.

Walker's Low is lovely but spreads far and wide so I've deleted most of it.
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jmorth
Feb 9, 2014 12:56 PM CST
Thanks pirl; I may be entering the last phase to get eye rectified; it's been a long process involving multiple surgeries.
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pirl
Feb 9, 2014 1:13 PM CST
I'll be thinking of you and praying for you.
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greene
Feb 9, 2014 1:21 PM CST
Maybe we need a Prayer Forum? Blinking
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
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pirl
Feb 9, 2014 1:46 PM CST
Whether or not there's ever a forum for it, Jmorth could use our prayers.
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jmorth
Feb 9, 2014 10:14 PM CST
Thanks all.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 9, 2014 10:28 PM CST
Okay, now we have some information we can use. Professional landscapers in central Illinois - and the OP who actually saw the plant thinks it may be Catmint...

This site lists 5 types:
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?Pla...

This site thinks one particular catmint "Blue Wonder' is a good choice, especially in drought conditions:
http://www.gardenillinois.com/favplant5.htm

Hope this helps.
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growitall
Feb 9, 2014 11:50 PM CST

Despite general agreement from whoever those parties are, it would be pretty hard to assign a cultivar name without seeing the actual plant, rather than just a flower spike.
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