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May 14, 2012 3:18 PM CST
|A friend gave this plant to me, and did not know what it was. It was collected from the wild, by my friend, somewhere in the Appalachian area - North Carolina, or north of there. My friend did not know what it was. He lives a couple hours north of me, and it did not overwinter for him. I do get a bit of re-seeding, but not bad at all.|
It has grown here for about 10 years. I have it planted in filtered sun, well drained woodsy soil.
I like the foliage - with it's light variegation. If you look at the "older" foliage in these photos, you'll see some spotting/marks on the foliage. The new leaves seem to come out all green, then develop the spotting as they age.
Any ideas? I will have more photos somewhere of it, or can take more, as it is currently blooming, if these photos are not enough to ID.
May 14, 2012 3:45 PM CST
|Get some shots of the flowers, that is often the easiest way to ID a plant along with the leaves. It looks interesting.|
May 14, 2012 5:05 PM CST
|Ok, I took these a few minutes ago.|
though I usually dead head it, the foliage stays pretty nice until frost. Sort of like the pulmonaria foliage. There is nothing there in our winter zone 5b-6.
Shows the few, lighter spots on the older leaves
The over all plant
as close as I can get....
May 14, 2012 7:44 PM CST
|Looks like a species of waterleaf, maybe Largeleaf Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum macrophyllum).|
May 15, 2012 6:30 AM CST
|That looks good to me Kent ..|
The species name 'macrophyllum' suggests spotted! Look at these pics, and it's "Uncommon in rich woods in the NC mountains."
May 15, 2012 8:57 AM CST
|That looks like it! I don't know how you found it! I've looked under all sorts of pages for several years and came up with nothing.|
I hate that my friend collected it. He worked for many years as a plant collector, working for a botanist if I remember right - traveling all over the world looking for new species. I think he couldn't help himself.
But, I have it now, and can't do anything about it being taken from its original place.
I love different textures and patterns of foliage, so I really enjoy it.