What Is This Plant? 2009*Now We Know!
No, not this one. This one has a name tag. Maybe not the actual tag but the name was written down in the early days of orchid collecting. There is a notebook for that specific information.No, not this one either, although it has no name. This is a Baptisia seedling from pods collected a few years ago. It was believed all the babies were white flowered. Apparently not, but this one can still live in the white/yellow garden anyway. We are just free wheeling around here, without rules!This is our UFO, unidentifed flowering object. We posted this same plea last year, with no confirmed results. Sigh. If you would like to see that post, click here.This plant was purchased while we lived in Texas at a native plant nursery in Houston. Memory says the tag said Salvia, for I was collecting Salvias for the garden there. It was not written down at the time however, such unnatural behaviour.The photo above shows it growing in the shed bed with grasses, lilies, Eryngiums, Belamcandas and much more. It is a sprawler and blooms this lovely sky blue hue in early May each year. It does not rebloom. Here is the leaf form. Is this what is called opposite leaves? It is planted out front with and blooms the same time as Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ but the flower form is different. Does that mean it cannot be a Salvia?Whatever it is, the bumbles love it. I love how he is hugging it tightly with forearms as he refreshes himself with the nectar. Hey Mister Bumble, you don’t know any plant experts do you? Taxonomists, I mean.
Added: I believe we have identified this plant thanks to Buenose Gardener! It is indeed Veronica austriaca subsp teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!
My friend Gail has a plant that defies identification also. Click here if you are interested.
(All photos is this post were taken with the Canon Powershot A720 IS)