Looking For The Botanical Name Of A Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Pawleys Island, SC
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Question by parfour265
September 7, 2002
I have the sweetest little plant, growing quite well, that I was tole is a "Mickey Mouse" plant...What is the botanical name of this little purple and red blossom charmer. I need to know how to take care of it a it is growing by leaps and bounds! Can't find it under the common name in any of of books. Can you help? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
September 7, 2002
I believe you may have an Ochna serrulata, also called a
Mickey Mouse Plant or Bird's Eye Bush. There is a photo of one with purple and red flowers at

Enjoy your plant!

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