Sometimes when we see plants, even when we're out of our own
growing area, they look so familiar we say, "That has to be a
(insert plant name) or some close relative!" However, we frequently
look it up only to find that the plant is not (insert plant name).
That is when the fun begins.
We're working on identifying this plant, possibly a native of
the North American desert Southwest. The specimen we saw was about
three feet tall and blooming in winter.
We've been working our way through plant families to narrow it
down. That is, we look at the flower and say "Its structure is like
(name of plant family) and then we scan our references for members
of that family in this color and bloom time -- the Internet is a
help, with Image search!
We've narrowed this down to probably being in the figwort
family, a very diverse group that includes not only figworts but
diascia, mullein and butterfly bush. It may be in the
Leucophyllum genus with Texas sage. Email us at info@GardenAtoZ.com if you recognize it, and
save us some work.
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