Plant ID forum: I've been asked to ID this

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 5, 2017 7:12 AM CST
Does this ring a bell with anyone. It is a shrub, about 6' tall x 6' wide. The veins in the leaves are more prominent on the top of the leaves.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Dec 5, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Definitely looks like it's in the Acanthaceae.

A similar plant is being sold as Strobilanthes flaccidifolius/Strobilanthes cusia, here,
https://toptropicals.com/catal...

Here, they are saying it is really Strobilanthes hamiltoniana.
http://www.southeastgarden.com...
https://www.kartuz.com/pc/7502...

Some photos of Peristrophe speciosa match, but I'm finding different-looking plants under that name. Shrug!

It sure is gorgeous! Lovey dubby
It may bloom a bit late for me, but I still may have to look for a plant or seeds. Green Grin!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 5, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Yes thank you, I believe that is it. Why don't we see more of this beautiful plant???
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Dec 5, 2017 8:18 AM CST
My guess is that it is not a good choice for much of the country due to the fact that it blooms in late fall/winter and is tender.

I have no experience with this particular species, but most Acanthaceae plants root very easily from cuttings. If you know the owner and they are willing to give you some cuttings, then you could, at least, see more of it in your own garden! Hilarious!

Fresh seeds of Acanthaceae plants are usually easy to germinate, too. However, collecting the seeds from the spring-loaded seedpods can prove challenging.

It really is a lovely plant! Lovey dubby It's now on my wishlist. Green Grin!

Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 5, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Mine too, I have already arranged to take cuttings. My friend had obtained this plant from a small, family run nursery no longer in business.
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Name: greene
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greene
Dec 5, 2017 2:13 PM CST
Danita said:

It really is a lovely plant! Lovey dubby It's now on my wishlist. Green Grin!



Ooooh! Lovey dubby Put my name down if your cuttings are successful. Got to start a wish list just for this plant. Thumbs up

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tofitropic
Dec 5, 2017 10:09 PM CST
This plant (Strobilanthes hamiltoniana) was popular long time ago in my place, Now it is just considered as weed growing in shady part, under the trees near river.
When we were children, we use to pop the unopened balloon like blooms, quite amusing popping sound, and there also sweet nectar at the base, bumble bee as well as nectar feeding bird loves it (but there is no humming bird in my place)
Yes agree, it is not Peristrophe speciosa, that is a different plant (in the same family), used as herb to flavor steamed glutinous rice sometimes. While Strobilantes as far as I know, were only used as folk medicine
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 6, 2017 5:53 AM CST
Thank You!
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