View Full Version : Unknown plant???

08-25-2007, 12:46 PM
My brother just e-mailed a photo he took of a plant at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. I have no idea what it is but it sure is interesting. Perhaps someone can identify it?? I've never seen anything like it before.


Here's another view..


08-25-2007, 01:26 PM
Gale, how very unusual. I've not seen it before and unable to find it in my flower gardening books. The deeply corrugated leaves, however, resemble Peperomia leaves, but not shaped the same. Will be interesting to have it identified.


Charlie's Mum
08-26-2007, 12:42 PM
Gayle - you could try the plant finder at the RHS (and probably other Horticultural societies) in the Resources thread here ......... see if it's useful?

08-26-2007, 03:52 PM
Gayle, i'm a member of a large gardening forum. i took the liberty of posting your photos on there for identification. i think i may have an answer for you soon. cross your fingers.;)

08-26-2007, 08:59 PM
Thanks guys! I'm coming up empty and I was so disappointed that no one seems to be able to idenity it. I figured someone here would have seen it before. Don't you just wonder what purpose those white leaves serve in relation to the tiny blossoms?? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Billie's forum will come through

08-27-2007, 02:18 PM
Gayle, i got an answer for you. a member went above and beyond to locate the name of this for me. it sure is a cool looking plant. i'm 99.9% sure this is it.

Mussaenda frondosa (Flag Bush)

A stunning tender shrub growing to about 3 feet in one season, throughout the year it provides a consistent display of huge white poinsettia like bracts with smaller bright orange flowers. Grows best in a full sun to part shade location in rich well-drained soil.

08-27-2007, 05:08 PM
By George I think you've got it!! Thanks ever so much for your help! Even with the name it's difficult to find info on this plant - amazing!

08-27-2007, 06:50 PM
good! i'll pass the news along to this gardener.:) she really searched this one out. apparently they had something similar at Lowes but it had no ID tag...just the name of the nursery it came from: http://www.robrick.com/main/index.asp

she contacted Robricks and they tracked the name down. there's also varieties with yellow flowers and another with pink 'flags' and pink flowers. bet that last one is gorgeous. i left you a link so you could see the yellow variety. go to 'plants', 'plant list' and click on the 'M's'.