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Jun 14, 2012 7:18 AM CST
|Zone 5b. Northeastern Indiana.|
Growing in part-sun and natural dry clay soil conditions. Blooming now.
Plant is approx. 2' tall.
Leaves are in opposite pairs, clasping, and fine-toothed.
Bloom stalks emerge from leaf junctures, in the top half of the plant, with single, terminal flowers of about 3/4" in size.
Calyx (is this the right term?) is four part, and flat-sided.
Jun 14, 2012 7:28 AM CST
|maybe one of these:|
Jun 14, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Jun 14, 2012 7:31 AM CST
|My first thought was (Dwarf Delphinium) D. tricorne: http://uswildflowers.com/detai... but I don't think the leaves match.|
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Jun 14, 2012 7:48 AM CST
|Lee Anne, I think you're on the right track...|
I'm thinking perhaps - Mimulus ringens L. var. ringens
Allegheny monkeyflower http://plants.usda.gov/java/pr...
I'll look at my plant again momentarily and report back.
Jun 14, 2012 11:00 AM CST
|I don't know...|
...to me the blooms still look different, and I can clearly see stamens/pistils in my plant.
I'll try to get better pictures soon.
Jun 14, 2012 2:46 PM CST
|The plant looks right to be Mimulus ringens, but I can't see the flowers clearly enough to be sure. If the flowers don't match M. ringens, you might take a look at Trichostema setaceum.|
Jun 15, 2012 6:27 AM CST
[It's not that one. The reproductive units on my plant are tiny, and very close-set to the top center of the inflorescence.]
When I look at a (fairly well-aged) bloom on my plant I see distinctly separate, rather lax and tending to fold over each other, petals (sepals?); one of which sports a much darker purple-blue face.
I may pull blooms off today and bring them into better light to photograph.
Jun 17, 2012 8:16 PM CST
|Okay. I couldn't get a good close-up without removing a bloom and floating it in water, so here it is...in the pool. |
Now, I'm really, really wondering what this plant is!
Jun 19, 2012 6:58 PM CST
|I'm finally convinced that this is Allegheny monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens var. ringens).|
Here's a fresh bloom.
What do you think?