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<  Native Plants  ~  "Wildflower" ID please

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:09 am
User avatarJoined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:22 pmPosts: 5152Location: Tucson, Arizona
This little beauty popped up on one of my planting mounds and I can't find a picture of it in 2 wildflower books and searching wildflowers of the Southwest on the net.
It's the only one like it that bloomed so far.
Does anyone have any idea what it is?
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Thank you,
Ed



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:57 am
User avatarJoined: Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:37 amPosts: 912Location: Zone 6/7, Culpeper, VA
While I'm not familiar with Southwest wildflowers, if something like that popped up around here, I'd take an educated guess that it might be some form of hardy geranium - aka "Cranesbill" (named after the shape of the seedpod), which appears to be native to most temperate areas of the world. It's also a spring bloomer.

For instance:

http://www.waysidegardens.com/webapp/wc ... nnel=page1

http://www.stargazerperennialscatalog.c ... ductId=468

http://www.webshots.com/search?query=Cranesbill


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:28 pm
User avatarJoined: Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:36 amPosts: 84Location: Wa. state
Is it 'Nemophila menziesii' ?



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:08 pm
User avatarJoined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:22 pmPosts: 5152Location: Tucson, Arizona
Sweetpea,
By jove you got it.
'Nemophila menziesii' --Baby Blue Eyes
I thank you for your assist.
I had no idea anyone followed this forum.
Happy Bloom Time,
Ed



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