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Dec 11, 2015 3:25 PM CST
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Name: Karen
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Whatever this is popped up in one of my old flowerbeds. I've never grown anything that looks like this, but I did rent out our home over 10 years ago, and some of those old seeds have occasionally germinated.
It's been growing quickly, and the flower isn't too bad. I was thinking it was a weed, but I'm pretty familiar with all of the local weeds. This is in Scottsdale, AZ. Thanks for your help!


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Dec 11, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Name: greene
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Reminds me of Ruellia. I could be wrong.
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Dec 11, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Name: Jay
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Thats what it looks like to me also.
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Dec 11, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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I was also looking at Ruellia, can't find leaves that match though.
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Dec 11, 2015 4:09 PM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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Ruellia nudiflora comes close ..

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Dec 11, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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JRsbugs said:Ruellia nudiflora comes close ..

http://www.wildflowersoftexas....


Not nudiflora. Unlike most other Ruellia, R. nudiflora sends a flower scape above the leaves, hence the name nudiflora.
By the way, thanks for referencing my website.
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Dec 11, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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It could be Drummond's Ruellia it has large leaves.
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Dec 11, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Dec 11, 2015 5:59 PM CST
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Name: Karen
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When you mentioned Ruellia, I figured it was a seedling from our ruellia that is about 100 yards away. I went to check, and the leaves are different. The volunteer has a sort of scalloped leaf. I'm sure that's not the correct term! Our Ruellia has a much smoother, more rounded leaf. Here is a pic of our Ruellia. I'm sorry I'm not sure of the species. That is our sweet dog, Shadow.

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Edited to say that I really appreciate so many responding to help!
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