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What Is This Succulent With Hot Pink Flowers?

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Can you identify this plant? It likes sun.. The flowers are bright pink -Phyllis

Pink Flowering Plant - Aptenia cordifolia variegata

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Is This White Flower A Cockscomb?

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White fluffy looking flower that is really tall. It reminds me of celosia cockscomb. – April

White Flower - Possibly a Cockscomb

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What Is This Red Lily Found In Tulsa OK?

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It was in a flower bed in Tulsa, OK   –  Barb
Red Spider Lily

Hey! What’s THAT Flower?

We’ve all gotten flowers before and tried our best to guess what kind of flowers they are. Roses, lilies, carnations… those are the easy ones. What about the more-rare flowers that florists use? Have you ever received an arrangement with a unique flower that made you call your florist just to ask “Hey! What was THAT flower?”

We polled our florists on Facebook and they told us which flowers gets the MOST curious attention from their customers..

Red Protea Pincushion Pincushion Protea – This unique flower always has heads turning. “What flower is that?” Pincushions are native to Zimbabwe and South Africa. They grow naturally in sparse forests and mountain slopes. They are available year-round in colors of red, red-orange, orange and yellow. More about Pincushions
Green Trick Dianthus Green Trick Dianthus – You might be surprised, this is a cousin of the common carnation we all know so well. These super long-lasting, furry flowers that add interesting texture and form to any floral arrangement. So far, these are only available in shades of green to blueish-green. (Unless you florists know otherwise, let me know in the comments below!) Green Tick & Other Green Flowers [Read more...]

What Is This Purple Rimmed White Flower?

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Hi, A florist brought in these beautiful flowers into our office today. My colleague and I are trying to figure out what kind of flower it is. Could you help us identify it? Thanks! Poorvi

Purple Rim Lisianthus

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What Is This Beautiful Pink Flower

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I’m trying to figure out what the name is of this beautiful pink flower. Katie

Plant Expert Reply:

Katie,

The flower is from the family of Malvaceae sometimes commonly known as the Mallow family. This family includes many genuses such as Alcea (hollyhock), Gossypium (cotton), Hibiscus, Malva (musk mallow), Lavatera trimestris (rose mallow), Callirhoe (poppy mallow) to name a few. In this case, I am not exactly sure which genus it belongs to. At first, based on the leaf I thought it was a type of Malva, but the bloom it looks more like a Callirhoe. So I did a little research and I think it is a type of rose mallow (Lavatera trimestris).

Hopefully one of the blog readers will have a better identification for us.

Help! What Is This Strange Trumpet Flower?

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What plant is this?This plant appeared this spring in two different flower beds after removing hard scape from previous owner.  Any idea what it is?  Invasive?  It looks like it will be blooming soon.  Zone 7a. Full sun. The lady selling plants at the farmers market was selling one and didn’t know what it was either. -Chris

Datura plant Datura blooming

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Help! What Is This Strange Flower?

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These plants cropped up suddenly this spring in Franklin, MA in  several locations near hemlock trees. Never had them before. What are they? Looks like an orchid family plant to me.

This plant – actually there are several clusters of two each, in and area around the circumference of several hemlock trees – emerged in May and sent up a spikes of dozens of fuzzy flower buds in the days that followed. The flowers have only just now opened. The area is actually fairly dry. The hemlocks survive only because of a sprinkler system nearby. They provide shade to these plants part of the day. The area is a border and is heavily mulched. As I said, they weren’t planted and weren’t there last year –  they just appeared suddenly this year. Soil is poorly drained, heavy clay, acidic. – Michael

Epipactis Helleborine

Epipactis Helleborine Epipactis Helleborine

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Help! What Is This Odd Flower?

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Do you know the name of this flower? This flower is so odd and different.  No one I talk to knows what it is.  Maybe you can help. – Donna

Passion Flower - Passiflora caerulea

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

Donna,

I love this flower. My parents have a big area of passion flowers in the wooded area of their property. The one my parents have is Passiflora incarnata or purple passion flower which is a vine. Yours is most likely Passiflora caerulea which is commonly called blue passion flower or common passion flower. This too is a vine.

  • A sibling to both of these is Passiflora edulis also known as passionfruit.
  • Passiflora can be found in the following states AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.
  • It can become invasive in the right circumstance.  However, it is a good food source for terrestrial birds.
  • The fruit of the Passiflora caerulea is edible.  However, in the raw form it is not too tasty. When cooked you can use it as a substitution for blackberries.
  • Another benefit of this plant is that it attracts butterflies.

Hope this information was helpful.

Help! What Are These Unique Flowers?

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What are these? My friend came across them. – Diane

Kniphofia aka Red Hot Poker

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

This is a perennial called Kniphofia (commonly known as Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily).  It prefers full sun and is hardy to 10 degrees.  You can plant the bulbs in the spring and they will bloom in the summer.

Hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you need any other information.