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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?

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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?

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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?

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   –  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?

Ask the Plant Expert: which flower is this?

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

Ask the Expert: What is the name of this flower?

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

Plant Expert Reply:


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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