Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

I received this at a swap and I have no idea what it is.

Thumbnail by cajunace

There are a couple of species of Zauschneria with broad, ovate leaves like this. I may be way out here but it looks like one of those. I will have to dig about for the species names though.

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

my first thought was red ruella.
let me look some more also
jen

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

If I can offer any more info, please just tell me what you need.

Cajunace

First may I say hello! Please forgive my tardiness in my welcoming you to DG :)

Any info would be great please, is it shrubby? Does it have a scent, approx how tall and wide the plant, leaves and/or flowers are? Does it flower now in your area or is this an older picture?

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the welcome Baa, I am glad I found this place. First off I got it at a swap and it was a tiny little thing. I kept it in the greenhouse up until this spring. Right now it is approximately 18" tall, and the blooms are about an inch to an inch and a half, they are sort of trumpted. I just put it in the ground about a month ago and it seems much happier. I have never tried this in full sun. First the greenhouse and now it is planted int he shade.
The picture is new!

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

I ran a search on Zauschneria and that dosen't seem to be it. At least from the pictures my search brought up. This reminds me of something in the Bleeding Heart Family with the foliage and the way the blooms droop.

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

cajunace, if its what i think it is its called ruellia elegans. heres a link to ithttp://uga.ovationsoftware.com/SummerTrials/2001/images/Ruellia_3170.jpg
hope it helps id it

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

Sorry MSJen that's not it either. Thanks for trying!

Grandview, TX(Zone 7b)

cajunace,
It looks to me like Cuphea 'David Verity'?
http://www.lanset.com/pathline/cuphdverity.htm
Toadlily

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

Nope, still not it, I have the Cuphea. I have made a journal page with a total of 3 photos, this may help. http://davesgarden.com/editgj/viewentry.php?rid=16876

OK could it be Mitraria coccinea? (sorry guys don't know the common name if it has one)

http://images.google.com/images?q=mitraria&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=wi

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

http://www.butterflies.org/hortcltr3.cfm?plantID=130
how about this one?

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

That's it Ruellia graecizans THANKS MSJen!!!

Phew!

Well done MsJen! That was a tough one :)

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

i knew it was "red ruellia" just didnt know the correct name for it. i have one also, but had it labeled elegans..need to change it now..
had no idea there were so many ruellias available.

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

I love this place, everyone here is the greatest!

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

tell that to my kids??? lol

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

Got kids too, understand completely, just remember, when they become parents we will become genuses! Until then we are complete idiots! LOL!

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