Plant ID forum: a new annual

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Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Aug 18, 2019 11:10 AM CST
I don't know this new annual on the market with its green opposite leaves and almost Gaura-like or Hebe-like bluish and white flowers; what is it on the right of this annuals pot?

Name: Scott
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Aug 18, 2019 11:20 AM CST
Looks to be Clerodendrum ugandense aka Blue Butterfly Bush a shrub in warmer growing zones.
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Name: Zuzu
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Aug 18, 2019 11:26 AM CST


It's Rotheca myricoides subsp. myricoides, which was once known as Clerodendrum ugandense.

Butterfly Bush (Rotheca myricoides subsp. myricoides)
Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Aug 19, 2019 2:03 PM CST
Thank you both! I looked through many pages of my big book of The Plant Book, full of plant photos, and I considered what was listed in the book as Clerodendron ugandense, as a possibility, but I was not certain. There were a few other possibilities. I am not surprised if the botanical community changed the old name as they have been doing that a fair amount in recent times, driving an old horticulturist as me crazy.

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