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Apr 12, 2019 6:41 AM CST
Chicago
My mom planted a pink flower years ago and she can't rememeber the name.

It was very sweet smelling, almost like fruity pebbles.
The petals (I believe) we're longer and slimmer. And the shape of the flower looked like a fuzzy dandelion in bloom.

I can't remember if the flower was here for spring and part of summer or it was just a spring plant (like daffodils or tulips)

Thank you!
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Apr 12, 2019 6:44 AM CST
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Apr 12, 2019 8:10 AM CST
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Hi lynnmarie91, Welcome!

Were they growing in Illinois? I wonder if perhaps the plant you recall was a variety of Dianthus which are fragrant. flower color can be pink, white, burgundy, bicolor, etc., with single petals, double petals, ruffled:
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For comparison, we have quite a few Diantus listings here in our database: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Two that I think might grow in Illinois, but there may be many others:
Cheddar Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus)
Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides)
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Apr 12, 2019 8:39 AM CST
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There is a pink 'dandelion'
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/...

Though I doubt it smells like fruity pebbles...

It would be great if they had a photo of Mom's forgotten name flower planted years ago...but, helpless? Really?

Was it taller or shorter than a breadbox Lynnmarie?
( Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing sorry, that might only be funny to me)

Anyway, when I imagine a fruity, fuzzy, pink flower...mimosa tree comes to mind, but that's definitely taller than a breadbox

Spider lily? shape, fragrance


Monarda?

not fruity smelling to me

Dianthus was also in my possibilities, Lyn already went there.
If there is a fruity pebbles smelling dianthus--I want one!
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Apr 12, 2019 11:49 AM CST
Chicago
It was a little under a foot? My mom said it was like a Pom Pom almost like a star burst. I feel like the bee balm look pretty similar. But when I google it, it's not it. It has the same texture (like a Pom Pom)

Thanks for the help
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Apr 12, 2019 11:49 AM CST
Chicago
BigBill said:We need you to post pictures otherwise we are helpless.


I'm sorry. I don't have any pictures D'Oh!
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Apr 12, 2019 11:52 AM CST
Chicago
Hello Lovey dubby

Thank you so much for your help. I do know those! My grandmother has a lot of them. Certainly not that one.

I replied to the last post saying the look is almost like a Pom Pom. Looks similar to that of a bee balm. It was a little under a foot?

Thanks for the help Hurray!
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Apr 12, 2019 5:34 PM CST
Name: Dirt
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A little under a foot you say?
Hmmm, well that really cuts it down.

I have no idea if gomphrena are fragrant?

I can come up with a fair number of pink pompom flowers, but I cannot seem to find any less than a foot tall with a fruity fragrance.
Hopefully, someone will come along with some more ideas
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Apr 12, 2019 9:07 PM CST
Chicago
OMG! I think that's it! I'll have to double check with my mother when I see her, but I seriously appreciate all of your help!

Thank you so much
And if this is it, THANK YOU FORVER !

Hurray! Lovey dubby Thank You! Big Grin
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Apr 12, 2019 9:14 PM CST
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