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Plant Identification: Unusual High Desert Flower

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campvann
Tempe, AZ

November 25, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9341861

I found this unusual flower growing along a hike at Sunset Crater NM near Flagstaff, AZ. No one at the Desert Botonical Gardens here could ID it.

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campvann
Tempe, AZ

November 25, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9341866

Here is the image

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9341886

I found this site listing purple/blue wildflowers that may help...maybe something in Gentianaceae?

http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/blue_purple thumbnails Campanulaceae - Gentianaceae.htm#Top of page

And this link to the flora of Sevilleta...there is a nightshade with silvery leaves called Solanum elaeagnifolium that has purple flowers

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/sevilleta/newdocs/sevilletaplantguide.pdf

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9341890

Possibly 'Mirabilis multiflora'
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1487/

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9341903

Hi Kin...that certainly looks like a winner.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9341908

Morning...Moon!
I think I remember IDing this plant several years back.
;)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #9341910

I kept thinking it was something I had seen before...just couldn't remember what it was. Darned faulty mental rolodex...grin

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9342614

Don't forget to close this thread also.
:)

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