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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Words.....Mystery Plant

Well guys.......first of all, Gail at http://clayandlimestone.blogspot.com/ says she is NOT the nutty gardener that sent me a mixed up bag of seeds. Sorry Gail....her blog is so worth visiting! Maybe I will be able to figure out that mystery along with this plant... Might better call Scooby and the gang!!
Thanks for all of the suggestions on what this plant may be...we have it down to two choices...

Castor Bean --Ricinus communis

Red Leaf Hibiscus -- Hibiscus acetosella

It is very similar to the Hibiscus manihot --Abelmoschus manihot--Ornamental Okra that I have growing....I guess until I can get a definite ID I will wait until it blooms....I am so hoping it is Red Leaf Hibiscus...I am going to continue to research some more!!

25 comments:

Shelley said...

Well I like it whatever it is!!
:-)
P.S. I need your help at my log blog today to identify some flowers! I am clueless!!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Funny, those were my choices also. I was also wondering if you realized that castor beans are very poisonous.

I am fixing the link to your Wednesday Word posts as we speak. LOL.

Jen

Gail said...

Darla...Both choices are way cool plants to have...but I think it's for sure a member of the malva family or the red leaf hibiscus! Btw, no apology necessary and thanks again for the link and the very kind compliment...I like your very fine blog, too! gail

tina said...

I hope it blooms soon!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, I love the 'forwards' you sent out today!!!! Thanks!!!

Great flowers ---even though I have no clue what the Mystery Plant is. Whatever it is, it is gorgeous.

Hugs,
Betsy

blushing rose said...

It looks just like my coral bells ... I love mine. TTFN ~Marydon

Susie said...

Darla I don't think that is a Castor Bean. We sold them at work and they didn't look quite like that.

bennie and patsy said...

Can not guess what it will be, hope someone will tell you. We all want to know.
Patsy

My Mother's Garden said...

Looks like the Red Leaf Hibiscus -- Hibiscus acetosella to me. I have it growing in the garden too..it reseeds very well.
Come visit...I have a toad abode giveaway going on this week.
Happy gardening!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's so pretty, I can't wait to see what the blooms look like.

Jake said...

I totally forgot about that Hibiscus! I hope that is what it is as well, they are cool looking.

Jake

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: It certainly has great leaf color.

Valerie said...

Whatever it is I think it is very pretty. I can't wait to see what you come up with. So when it blooms you will know, huh?

George said...

I wish I could help you with the identification, but all I can say is that I like the plant and look forward to your identifying it for us.

Tootsie said...

I am inclined to think it was castor bean. there was one in my kithen when we bought the house. POISON!!
hope you are well. I don't have too much to add for FF....but am doing the post anyways!

Tootsie said...

yep that's me today....spelling and all....KITCHEN KITCHEN!!! lol
I will be on the road tomorrow...

marmee said...

don't know what it is but let us know when you know.

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Darla~
Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and posting my button on your blog! Good luck and happy gardening!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Darla,

Have fun making your chalkboard crafts. They are alot of fun!

Love your blog, such beautiful photos.

Robin~♥

Florida Sue said...

Look at the color of the stem, that is one neato plant! Can't wait to see what it turns out to be!

Carla said...

ooo how pretty! Can't wait to see what the blooms turn out to be:)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I'm looking forward to the answer too. I love a good mystery. I sure hope I am wrong about my suggestion for the plant ID.

momstheword said...

Wow, I don't know. I am giving up my flower garden...sniff! My friends will be more than happy to have the plants.

It's just to big a bed for me to keep up. I am allergic to pollen so it aggravates my allergies and asthma.

However, I think I will still have a few small plants, maybe in containers. I will really enjoy looking at your pictures all the more, especially since I won't have to weed and sneeze!

Frances said...

Hi Darla, now that you mention it, this is very hibiscus looking. I think that is my vote. :-)
Frances

Twisted Fencepost said...

Whatever it is...I love the colors.