name this annual

lucyw_5(z5OH)July 14, 2014

I need to find the name of this annual,
I have gotten it for a few years, tiny blue flowers, fuzzy soft foliage, does not like water on the foliage.

does excellant in my gazebo with no sun.
Thank you,!
Lucy

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southerngardening24(7b)

lobelia?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:05PM
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roxanna(z5b MA)

flowers = dime-sized? clear sky-blue color? might be evolvulus. this annual is not always easy to find in a local nursery here in New England, so last winter I took a chance and potted 3 of them into a large (18") pot and overwintered them indoors in my dining room, under lights. the pot is enormous now, happily blooming on the deck. I think I will drag it inside again this fall and see if I can keep it going! (might have to re-pot with new soil, tho) lovely plant for that oh-so-rare true-blue color...

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:16PM
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lucyw_5(z5OH)

sorry, it is neither of these.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:17PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Post a photo...if you have it.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:22PM
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lucyw_5(z5OH)

Now that you see the picture, I am sure you will be able to name it!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:39PM
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goblugal(7)

Streptocarpella

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:03PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It is actually a perennial and makes a good houseplant. So there's no need to buy them repeatedly.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:20PM
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lucyw_5(z5OH)

It is an annual here in Ohio. We are zone 5.
I was just 2 weeks in London and Paris! Wonderful trip and great people in England.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:44PM
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lucyw_5(z5OH)

Thank you for naming my plant!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 4:56PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

lucyw - this plant is botanically speaking not an annual, no matter where it is growing. It is a perennial which is killed by frost. True annuals are plants which grow from seed, flower, set seed and die within one year. Streptocarpella is a perennial by nature and if brought into an environment for the winter where it doesn't freeze it will live for years, even in Ohio ;-)

It is almost exclusively known a house plant here.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:35AM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Yes, streptocarpella. Grown as an annual or houseplant up here. I have mine growing in pots, this year I have it in a whiskey barrel with Persian shield as the centerpiece, it makes a nice little edger spilling out of the pot. Lovely color blooms which really complement the Persian shield. Have grown it on it's own in small pots, too. Does well in shade or part shade up here.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:19AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, they can survive in a basement in OH under fluorescent shop lights. This plant did that in the winter of 02/03. I'm amazed you find it every year. When I lived in OH, I would visit garden centers because of my job and didn't see them every year. (Some of the other plants didn't survive, ignore the background.)

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 3:57PM
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