Plant ID forum: Friend gave me this and called it a monkey plant

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Oct 11, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Okay, I googled but I'm still not sure what this is. My friend gave it to me today and called it a monkey plant and she told me to let it die back, put it in a paper bag and put it in the unheated garage for the winter and pull it back out in spring. Any help here?




Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 11, 2013 5:18 PM CST
It reminds me of

Ruellia makoyana is commonly called "Monkey Plant"; check out this photo for comparison: http://www.kartuz.com/p/64120/Ruellia+makoyana.html
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Oct 11, 2013 5:23 PM CST
I think that is it. She did say it has purple, petunia shaped flowers. Thanks. Now if I can figure out how to take care of it. Thumbs up
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 11, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Ruellia makoyana is also called "Trailing Velvet Plant" because of the soft velvety leaves. I'd suggest bright light; no direct sun which will scorch the leaves and it likes high humidity.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Oct 11, 2013 10:05 PM CST
Pretty sure it's Cupid's Bower (Achimenes longiflora)

Thanks for the help identifying!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 12, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Arlene: You are very welcome! I've never heard Achimenes called "Monkey Plant" but many plants that are from entirely different have the same common name which can really cause confusion sometimes. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Oct 12, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Lin, I know what you mean about common names. This friend only knows LOCAL common names so I usually have a bit more trouble identifying plants I receive from her. They gave me some "touch me nots" and I thought I recognized them but everyone in this area knows them by that name. I finally realized they were balsam.

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