ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

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ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby saintDonna » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:09 am

Hi
several of these came up in my garden 2 years ago. I thought it was a native as that is all I've planted for a few years now but I can't remember what it is and the original plant no longer is there.

It's long flowering from about September until May. The upright stems tend to fall over after time and I have been cutting them back and new one appear. The native blue banded bees love it.
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby Keo » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:30 pm

Looks a bit like an unusual type of rosemary, not sure though. What do the leaves smell like when crushed?
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby saintDonna » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:53 am

thanks Keo, the plant has no smell from the leaves or flowers. The leaves are almost daisy like but the flower is nothing like a daisy.
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby bubba louie » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:21 pm

I think you're right about it being a native but I just can't put my finger on it.
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby saintDonna » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:33 pm

I showed the photos to a local nursery and they think a salvia - quite possible but I'm darned if I can find it on the hundreds of pics I've looked at online
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby abwal » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:28 pm

Knowing where it is growing would help. Perhaps you could go to your profile and enter a more specific location as ' Australia' covers too wide a range.

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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby saintDonna » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:36 pm

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there is no smell coming from the flowers or leaves.
Here's more photos
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby bubba louie » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:18 pm

It's not a salvia.

Try Derwentia arenaria.
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby saintDonna » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:31 am

thankyou bubba louie - that's it exactly - I thought it was a native - I should have realised as I also have the Derwentia perfoliata but it doesn't do as well or flower for as long here.
The original was purchased in 2003 but I can't recall seeing it for 4 or so years. Two years ago about a dozen came up and I transplanted them around the garden. The blue banded bees love them :D
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Re: ID for small plant ,small purple flowers

Postby bubba louie » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:49 am

saintDonna wrote:thankyou bubba louie - that's it exactly - I thought it was a native - I should have realised as I also have the Derwentia perfoliata but it doesn't do as well or flower for as long here.
The original was purchased in 2003 but I can't recall seeing it for 4 or so years. Two years ago about a dozen came up and I transplanted them around the garden. The blue banded bees love them :D


The name has been on the tip of my tongue for days but it just popped into my head last night. I tried to grow one years ago for my native bees but it died.
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