what plant is this?

tropicbob(So. Calif)November 23, 2005


I saw a groundcover that has small heart-shaped leaves, and purple-blue tinged flowers with white throats. It was in a small planter at the Italian pavillion in EPCOT. I thought it might have been Italian Bellflower, but it does not appeart to be. I have some digital pics, but don't seem to be able to post them here. But I would be happy to e-mail them to you if you would like to take a stab at IDing this plant. Thanks.

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sycamore_guy(Zone 5)

Could it have been Mazus reptans? Google it. I am sure there are photos somewhere.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 11:31PM
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tropicbob(So. Calif)

I checked some photos of Mazus reptans in the Botanica Garden Encyclopedia. It does not appear to be match. The mystery plant does not have red specs on the white throat, and its flowers are more trumpet shaped and bluer. If you or anyone else would care to send me your e-mail address I could e-mail you pictures of the mystery plant. My address is rsmahoy@msn.com Thanks.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 11:32AM
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sycamore_guy(Zone 5)

Maybe a blue Asarina? That is more of a vine though.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 6:05PM
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tropicbob(So. Calif)

Thanks for the guess, Sycamore guy. But I don't think it is a match to asarina barclaiana. The mystery plant leaves have a similar shape, with serrated edges, but are brighter green. And the flowers of the mystery plant do not seem to have the two prominent stamen-like structures. Also, asarina is an annual, and the mystery plant appeared to be more of a tough perennial, forming a light green mat hugging the ground. I appreciate your thoughts, though. Anymore ideas? A picture might help, if you would care to send your e-address. I promise I am not a serial spammer.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 8:49PM
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tropicbob(So. Calif)

So we can have "closure" on this one, the horticultural department at Walt Disney World identitied this groundcover plant as torenia.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 1:41AM
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