In the past week we’ve gotten three requests for plant identification. Although we can’t always ID plants from other parts of the country, we’re happy to help those on the Cape and Islands figure out what they have in their yards or the names of plants they see in other locations. Here are the photos that came in recently.
The woman who brought this photo into the store on her iPad had seen this perennial in a friend’s garden. “She didn’t remember what it was and we were both impressed that it was still flowering in November. What is it?” she asked. This is a Rozanne Geranium, It is one of the cranesbill perennial geranium. The botanical name is Geranium ‘Gerwat’ but everyone calls it Rozanne.
This photo was brought in on a cell phone by a man who had recently purchased his first home. He wondered what this was and if the grey pods were buds or something else. We told him that this is a Clethera, commonly called “summersweet.” Since he said that these shrubs were only about 3 feet high we feel pretty sure that they are ‘Hummingbird’ Clethera, a shorter growing cultivar that many people like for part-shade gardens. We explained that the grey pods are seeds and that he should just leave them on because the birds do eat them into and through the winter.
The final query came in by email from a woman who noticed this plant along the side of the road in her neighborhood. It was growing on the edge of a stone parking area. We admired these California poppies and explained that they can tolerate the dry, hot areas such as a parking strip but that they really thrive in spring and fall weather. The botanical name for these poppies is Eschscholzia californica. They are commonly grown from seed by scattering seeds where you want them to grow.
What plant are YOU wondering about? Bring a photo into the store!