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Re: Persian Shield Flower


OK, I should have read this post before I sent my last one. Not in the same
family.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Persian Shield Flower


> I've seen plenty of Coleus flower spikes Jim.  And you're right, they do
> look similar.  I had thought they were in the same family but they're not.
> Strobilanthes is in the Acanthaceae family and Solenostemon (Coleus) and
> Plectranthus are in the Lamiaceae family.  The Persian Shield flower is, I
> don't know, maybe 50 times larger than a coleus flower.   A list of other
> family members of Acanthaceae family can be viewed at:
> http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/cgi-bin/web.dbs/genlist.pl?ACANTHACEAE
> but the only ones I recognize offhand are Justicia, Pachystachys, Ruellia,
> and Thungergia, though to my untrained eye, I don't see any family
> resemblance.  I'm sure you'd recognize many more than I would.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 5:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Persian Shield Flower
>
>
> > Just dawned on me [duh], Kitty, the flower spike is a dead ringer for
> > the coleus flower spike. I guess that's why it was familiar. Coleus,
> > incidentally, produce elongated football shaped seed pods that are
> > maybe a half inch long.
> >
> > On Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at 05:42 PM, Kitty wrote:
> >
> > > Well, I had planned to cut the flowers off, but I'll keep some just
> > > for you
> > > so we can find out.  Since they are so easy from cuttings, I would
> > > never
> > > think to start them from seed.
> > >
> > > Kitty
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 5:00 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Persian Shield Flower
> > >
> > >
> > >> For some reason, Kitty, that's about what I thought it would look
> > >> like.
> > >> If it sets seed, let us know.
> > >>
> > >> On Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at 12:03 PM, Kitty wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> Persian Shield Flower
> > >>> Hi friends - I know that Persian Shield is not grown for its flowers
> > >>> but
> > >>> was always curious as to what they looked like - couldn&#39;t find a
> > >>> pic
> > >>> on the web. Well, today one of my cuttings flowered. I thought you
> > >>> might
> > >>> like to see it. Not really clear pictures but good enogh to see the
> > >>> blue
> > >>> (with some white) tubular 1 x .75 inch flowers. there are 2 photos.
> > >>>
> > >>> http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kmrsy/
> > >>> detail?.tok=phSEOvABT6v3gifg&.dir=/befuddled&.dnm=b127.jpg&.src=ph
> > >>>
> >
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