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Ask the Flower Expert: Can You Help Me to Identify this Flower?

Ask The Expert:Tropical Flower

Could u please help me to identify this flower? Approximate 5 -6 inches long. During night or cool day it open very wide but seems close up during hot day. I live in tropical country.



Flower Expert Reply:

Sorry Zoey, for the delay in my reply.

It is hard to tell from the side photo, but I believe the flower is a type of Datura. Most likely a Datura fastuosa. This tropical plant is considered a tender perennial in zone 9-10, and it is commonly referred to as a Devil’s Trumpet. Although this plant is beautiful, it is also toxic! Keep pets and small children well away from this plant.

I hope this information was helpful.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

Jamie Jamison Adams

Ask the Plant Expert: This Can’t Be Marijuana, Can It?

Ask The Expert:Lone Star Hibiscus

I recieved a plant that looks like marijuana at first glance but I know it’s not because it was a gift from the city. It’s stems are thick and hard like bamboo and it produces white flowers that look similar to hibiscus.


Hannah Thornhill


Plant Expert Reply:


From the look of the bloom, it appears to be some type of hibiscus, possibly a Hibiscus coccineus. Some varieties of hibiscus, such as the coccineus, will have narrow leaves and thick stalks and are sometimes confused with Cannabis sativa. Most of the time the blooms are red, but there are also varieties with white blooms. The white variety is known as white Texas star or lone star hibiscus.


Jamie Jamison Adams

What is this July Blooming Pink Flower from a Bulb?

TrgridiaAsk the Expert: Do you know the name of this flower?

A friend gave me a bulb to be frozen and planted in spring. It blooms once a year in July and then dries out.

Thank you,


Plant Expert reply: The plant you submitted to the Bloomin Blog for identification seems to be a type of Tigridia. It is sometimes referred to as tiger flower or shell flower. I think yours is a Tigridia pavonia. The blooms only last for a single day. They are in the Iridaceae family and are native to Mexico and Guatemala. I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Have A Good Day,


Reply From Nora: Thank you very, very much. It is great to be able to contact you and learn so much!! Every so often I learn about the indigenous plants in my country and it feels great!

Greetings from Mexico,


Flowers Imitating Monkeys

Flowers Imitating Monkeys

I saw this photo floating around the internet this week and had to share with our readers. We’ve all seen mimicry in nature, mostly with insects, but have you ever seen it this clear? At first glance, you might think these are little baby monkeys! I was blown away by the incredible characteristics these orchids share with primates.

The orchids above with the little monkey faces are Dracula simia, which translates to Little Dragon Monkey. The flowers are fragrant with the scent of a ripe orange. They are native to the cloud forests of southeast Ecuador, and as such not many people throughout history have seen them.

The flowers above that look like little dancing monkeys are called Orchis simia. They are found in Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia, Asia Minor and Iran. These you might not want in your garden since they smell strongly of feces.

While these exotic flowers may not be readily available, stop by your local florist to preview your local selection of orchid house plants.

Images spotted on Beware of Images

Is This Plant A Billbergia?

Ask the Expert: What is this plant?

I have been searching several websites trying to find out what this plant is. It blooms only once a year around Jan.-Feb. the leaves are a little prickly. I take it outdoors in the summer. I live in Ohio. Gloria

Plant Expert Reply:

It looks like the plant is blooming. Can you send me a better picture of the bloom? I think this is some type of Bromeliaceae, but I need to see a picture of the bloom.

Gloria’s Reply:

This is a picture of the flowers. Thanks for your help.

Plant Expert Reply:

Thank you for the picture of the bloom. I believe the plant belongs to the family Bromeliaceae and the genus Billbergia. However I am not sure which species. I will place you question and pictures on the blog to see if any of the readers can identify the plant.

I love plant identification questions like this one — where I need a little help from our readers.

So if anyone has a better identification of the plant or knows the species of the plant, PLEASE place your identification or other information in the comments section below.

What Is This Succulent With A Red Flower?

Ask The Plant Expert:

What is the plant with the red flower? I have 4 identical plant dishes (picture attached) that I bought in this condition. Each contain the same 3 plants, I believe, and I think I’ve identified 2 of the 3 plants in this pot, minus the “jade looking” one that has the red flower on top. Do you know what the “jade-looking one” is really named?

Also, do you think they look over or under watered (or may have another problem)? The soil does smell musty/damp. I think I need to repot them, but should I let them lay out and dry out for a few days or other? I know these are a lot of questions, but if nothing else, can you at least identify and name the jade-looking plant? THANKS!

Over-watered Kalanchoe Photo

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What Is This Succulent With Hot Pink Flowers?

Ask the Expert:

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?

Ask the Expert: What flower is this?

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?

Ask the Expert: What is the name of this flower (attached)
It was in a flower bed in Tulsa, OK   Р 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…]