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Plant Identification: ainsliaea

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2014
5:26 PM

Post #9802946

This is for anyone out there who specializes in obscure woodland plants.
I have grown a plant for years in my wooded yard which arrived as 'ainsliaea cordifolia'.
It came from long-gone Asiatica nursery, purveyer of many odd woodland perennials.
It has felted heuchera-like leaves which are marked w/ purple in spring, fades to green later in summer.
Blooms in autumn w/ strange white flower spikes.
I was looking up something about it on line today & I'm not sure I recognize my plant.
The foliage of my ainsliaea cordifolia doesn't resemble most on-line pictures,
certainly not the one shown in DG PlantFiles.
I considered a different species ainsliaea acerifolia, since my plant's leaves are vaguely maple-like.
But the leaves don't really fit.
And the entire plant seems more open rather than the 'heuchera-like' demeanor of mine.
The flowers of my plant look quite typical for ainsliaea so I'm pretty sure the genus is right.
Do any of you know what plant I have? Could it just be normal variance for a. cordifolia?
I was going to post some pix in PlantFiles, but I don't want to corrupt the database with wrong ID.

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kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2014
4:07 PM

Post #9806382

Beautiful! but I am no help here...
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 6, 2014
4:54 PM

Post #9806395

Here's a key to Ainsliaea if anyone wants to go through it.
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=100885

This message was edited Apr 9, 2014 6:00 PM
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2014
2:33 PM

Post #9808667

Hmmm. Not completely edifying. I couldn't even find the species a. cordifolia listed.
Oh, well. Thanks for your help Alta. Remains a mystery.

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