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Jan 30, 2023 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
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Deep Fuchsia Color Not Azalea but Alstroemeria Blooms

I loved the color of these azaleas at Chicago Botanic Garden, no name tag to be found though (and I did look).

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Jan 30, 2023 6:11 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Beautiful banner Nancy!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jan 31, 2023 3:50 AM CST
Name: Tofi
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Beautiful. deep color, almost look like Alstroemeria
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Jan 31, 2023 10:09 AM CST
Name: pam
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Great banner. Hurray!
Ours just busted open and I cant stay out of the back yard.
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Jan 31, 2023 4:38 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Love the deep rich color of this one.
Have you considered using the CBG's plant database to try to pin down some of the plants you've photographed there? Not just this azalea, but other plants as well. I know from personal experience with the databases that are associated with the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, that these resources aren't infallible, or even complete, but with any luck the one for the CBG (https://www.chicagobotanic.org...) might give you some hints, or leads to follow up.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
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Jan 31, 2023 5:10 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
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I have looked through their database in the past and I usually don't have much luck finding the oddballs that I search for. As you said, they can't be always up-to-date because they're constantly planting new things, changing things. And if you look through the pages, a lot of them don't have photos at all, just placeholders for them. Add to that the color variations you can sometimes get between photos and then monitors making it more difficult.

But it's definitely a good place to start, I do actually look through the photos, just not the oddball things.

I do remember finding these around 4 water sections with railings nearer the entrance, along the outer edges of the water pools. This area changes constantly, even the dirt areas around the pools. When the water lilies are blooming, they put many of them in these pools, so you get a lot of variety in one spot.
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Jan 31, 2023 7:08 PM CST
Name: Tofi
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They do seems growing some Alstroemerias too, although not exactly that deep color on this one
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The bluish hairless, parallel leaves, notched/hooked tip at tepals and sepals, and especially the three segmented end of stigma, are among the clue to Alstroemerias, and will not be found on Azaleas. It will be very nice to see the full picture if you still have Nancy
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Jan 31, 2023 8:28 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
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Here's a few more if it can help you really determine what it is, including a clearer closeup of the flowers.

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Jan 31, 2023 8:50 PM CST
Name: Tofi
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Thank you Nancy, indeed very glorious plants
Those are definetely alstroemeria,

The variety I will never be sure, since there are virtually thousands, and each years there are new ones.
I use to grow Inca-series alstroemerias in the past, similar compact but not so dwarf as the above. most probably new hybrids.
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Jan 31, 2023 9:43 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
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Thanks for the correct ID. The funny thing is they had signs all over the place, but only for the lower growing plants in front of these, I knew they didn't apply to these at all.
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Feb 1, 2023 9:33 AM CST
Name: pam
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Well this explains why Id never seen an azalea quite that color lol. The close ups really are nice, and yea, nothing like an azalea the way it grows.
Still enjoying mine in the backyard tho. nodding
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