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Mystery plants solved

Friday 19 March 2010 - Filed under Plants

The wonderful thing about this blogging business is learning from the other gardeners and bloggers out there. Of course I like many many plants, and have a long running wish list, but it sure is hard to track down a plant when you don’t know its name. I thought I’d share some of the recent plant identifications I recently got, through the miracle that is the internet.

Rhododendron Ebony Pearl with purple helleborus
JJ at Digs (a store I’ve bloged about before) identified the purple leafed rhododendron I was admiring last weekend, as Rhododendron Ebony Pearl.

Libertia peregrinans
Thanks to both Urban Eden and Grace for informing me that this mystery plant is Libertia peregrinans, and Urban Eden provided some bonus info: “The more sun and the less water it gets, the more orange it stays. ‘Baby’ it and it turns greener. Here in the bay area it runs & doesn’t stay in that tidy looking clump – dunno what it would do in PDX!”

Lonicera × purpusii (winter beauty honeysuckle)
Conrad identified this mystery as Lonicera × purpusii, which has an appropriate common name, winter beauty honeysuckle. Conrad pointed out some charming features “If you look at the flowers closely you’ll notice that they’re like miniature versions of those found on the climbing Honeysuckles, they’re also beautifully scented.”

Camellia 'Springs Promise'
Cindee at Moonstone Gardens identified the mystery Camellia as C. ‘Springs Promise.’

Parthenocissus henryana?
Cindee came through again, this time identifying Parthenocissus henryana (as did an email from Gossler Farms) – thanks both!

Dryopteris wallichiana and alchemilla mollis fern fiddlehead
And the Gosslers, through Cindee, emailed an identification of the black stemmed fern I’ve been coveting. Dryopteris wallichiana is on the official list of things to wildly grab if I come across them at a sale this spring.

Speaking of sales, if you’re in Portland, this weekend is the Chinese Garden plant sale, which has in the past been a small well edited group of plants. This year they’re changing the sale format, moving the plants outside the garden, and I can’t be sure, but the list of vendors looks bigger. I always come away with something new and unique, so I wouldn’t miss it for anything.

2010-03-19  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. Karen
    19 March 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Very cool! I suck at plant ID, so I’m always happy when folks chime in with their useful knowledge. Love that black-stemmed fern too, that would make it to my list. Sorry to miss the plant sale, I remember from your last year’s post that there were many beauties there! Hope you score some great stuff. Mmm, still thinking of the wheel tree and the handkerchief tree I saw there…

  2. Jane/MulchMaid
    19 March 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    I love that Libertia and your camellia Springs Promise, and I like your research approach: put it out there and often someone will know what it is!
    It is a miracle, this internet. I’m totally chuffed at what I can learn from you and other garden bloggers. Keep the lessons & IDs coming!

  3. Loree / danger garden
    19 March 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    Uhm….I like the looks of that Dryopteris wallichiana. I guess I would let you grab the first one, but I call dibs on the second.

  4. hari
    20 March 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    Megan i have been in love with nest maker for awhile now, though i have never commented before. I hate to be out of context but i know not how else to ask ~ Can I hire you for a garden consult/yard therapy or do you have some folks you recommend? I am too easily overwhelmed. [SE pdx.]

  5. Grace
    22 March 2010 @ 10:27 pm

    Hi Megan~~ Far be it from me to invoke controversy but the honeysuckle could also be Loncera fragrantissima, rather than a cross. If you can’t find the former, the latter will work. I know cuz I got one. It’s kind of thuggish during its “off” seasons which are mid-spring through late fall. Best planted in the back forty.

    Don’t you just love blogging?