Can I get an ID?

pumpkineater2September 1, 2013

Got this about a month and a half ago at HD from their rack of scraggly neglected plants. This was the best looking one on the shelf. It had no flowers on It when I bought it(Duh, It was at HD) Anyway, It likes me enough to bloom so I can try to get an ID. For now its name is Fred :)

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Linda

Pumpkin,

Check the Optimara site.

Linda

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 1:33AM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

Its is hard to tell from that picture if it has more than four anthers, but it looks like it does. If it does, then its a star type bloom. If it is a star bloom it is probably Opt. Dali, which is a good bloomer. I have that one, it is beautiful and the color varies from bloom cycle to bloom cycle.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 11:56AM
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pumpkineater2

Thank you Linda. I'm not sure what you meant by the optimara site but I went to a website called optimara.com and I found several possibilities:
Britta
Doris
Gitti
Optimara missouri
optimara nashville
Optimara New mexico

Perle, It looks like it only has 2 anthers per flower. I tried to take a better photo for you but it isn't that great.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 1:37PM
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pumpkineater2

Heres the whole plant, if tat helps:

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 1:44PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

I just composed another reply, but it got lost, so I hope this doesn't come through twice. You are right, it is not a star bloom. It clearly has four pollen sacks. It is really a beautiful plant no matter what the name. Go to this link and click on Seurat. Yours may be that one, it is very frilly and appears to have a white center. What I usually do is keep doing image searches on other peoples pictures of the Optimaras I think my plants might be. Some are very distinct looking and easy to ID, others are much harder. A second bloom cycle may have different coloration, so that helps too. Optimaras do sport quite a bit, so sometimes you just have to settle for a "probable" ID.
http://www.optimara.info/bi-color_red.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Optimara Info Bi Color Photos

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Linda

Pumpkin,

Most violets, if not all, that come from big box stores and grocery stores are Optimara violets. Optimaras are bred by Holtkamp Greenhouses in Tennessee. Going to their web-site can often help you ID your plant as they have a picture of their hybrids there. Sorry for the confusion. :)

Linda

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 3:18PM
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pumpkineater2

Thanks again Linda! No problem! I think I was on the right site anyway:)
Perle, That one does look alot like my plant, Just a little lighter pink. Thank you!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 6:44PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

Pumpkin, the colors do fluctuate lighter or darker, temperature, age of the bloom itself, and other things can cause that.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 11:43AM
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pumpkineater2

Just thought I'd post an update:

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 12:44AM
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