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Posted: Sep/12/2007 11:19 AM PST
an artist on Wetcanvas recently posted photos of this flower and wondered what it was. he lives in Mesa, AZ. here's his description: it was about 2' - 2.5' high, the blue-ish - lavender-ish flowers probably 1/4"maybe bigger - maybe up to 1/2". Popped up beside the reeds in one of our (man-made) ponds in one of our desert parks. Could have easily been a seed dropped from a bird flying by - that means it could be a wildflower, but I am thinking not.
any help would be appreciated by Ranger Dan.
Posted: Sep/13/2007 7:53 AM PST
Ron, i think you got it! thanks! i searched lisianthus and didn't see it so i searched 'Eustoma' and found this...catchfly gentian.
Location: Northern, NJ
Posted: Sep/13/2007 9:55 AM PST
LISIANTHUS Forever Blue (Eustoma grandiflorum) -- Texas Blue Bell -- Compact, basal branching plants have excellent garden vigor and heat tolerance. Plants are covered with striking deep blue bell shaped flowers all summer. 8-10 in. Sun to part shade.
Posted: Sep/13/2007 10:57 AM PST
told2b, this is the info that i found w/the pic i posted:
Latin name: Eustoma exaltatum (L.) Don
Pronunciation: yoo-STO-ma ex-all-TAY-tum
Common name: Catchfly gentian
Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian)
Habitat: Roadsides, alkaline marshes, along streams
to 2000', Peninsular Range, Colorado Desert, South
Blooming period: Most months
apparently it's a less showy version of lisianthus aka Eustoma.