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    What's This?

    Neat flowers on a very old plant...
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    this is a guess
    columbine.

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    I just hate it when my braine decides not to function right and I have to go through pages and pages of perennials to find the one I want!

    Anyway, Ann, what you have is Gaura lindheimeri; White Gaura, Whirling Butterfly, etc.

    I've tried to grow it here twice and no matter where I plant it or what I do to protect it over winter, it will not live here. Yet it is sold as being hardy up here in Zone 5. Well somebody needs to tell the plants !

    Mystery solved!

    Rebecca
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    Very pretty Ann. Looks like some kind of wildflower. Maybe a columbine relative as Shepp suggested. What does the foliage look like. Would like to try some seed if easy to collect.
    tennessee sue

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    I grow Guara Rebecca. Both the whirling butterflies and the white. The white I have has varigated foliage.
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Tips:

    It is not known for its blooms, but rather for its leaves and baby plantlets that hang from the side.

    Although I believe I read somewhere that it would make a groundcover in my zone, I haven't tried it. It is in a hanging basket.

    The blooms are less than an inch tall.

    This is the first time I have seen it bloom like this...

    Yes, I know what it is, and if I show you a picture of the leaves, you would know, too!
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    Ann,

    Now you give us a tip or two!

    Grown for it's foliage and for the plantlets that hang from the mother plant,. . . . .well, I've seen lots of blloms on my Spider plants and that ain't them, so my second best guess (based on all the clues give) would be STRAWBERRY BEGONIA. I haven't grown this in years and can't recall ever seeing them bloom. And since it is neither a strwberry nor a begonia, I wouldn't expect the blooms to resemble either of those plants. I kind of "know" the botanical name, just can't reach in deep enough to pull it out, but ir starts with an "S", I think!. . . Better go look it up or it'll make me (more) nuts! . . . . . .

    Got it! Saxifraga sarmentosa!
    I'm gonna feel so silly if I'm wrong about this, twice!

    Rebecca

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    Here's a closer view of the blooms:
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    That it IS!!!!

    And it has several clusters of these tiny blooms. I had to wait until the wind died down enough to get a clear image.

    Pretty little things, aren't they?
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    Here ya go....

    Not the best of pics, but I managed to get one real quickly!
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    They are a neat plant, and since they are hardy in your zone, you ought to at least try a few in one of the beds. If you staret getting nervous about them in the fall, you can always dig them up and pot them! I do that with Spider Plants!

    Rebecca
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