Who's my host?

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Weekend Gardener, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    A guest is here for dinner. Who's the host?
     

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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    No takers? What about a view in profile? mystery1 051022 076 long crop.jpg
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Note: Guest comments are moderated. Unregistered's guess was earlier, but cleared after WG's second post.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Echium?
     
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    Weedbender Active Member 10 Years

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    The Guest - Polistes Paper Wasp ?
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Mystery plant051022076tall1000.jpg Forget the bug - eh, the guest. It's the flower we are after.

    Non fragrant. Flowers in spikes. Up to 3 feet tall. A flowering plant to some, a weed to others.
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I thought the unregistered guy was right with delphinium. pretty pic.
    Carol Ja
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Not dephinium. The relative sizes of the flowers to the wasps is supposed to provide some hint as to the size of the individual blooms on the inflorescence. I.e., a bit too small for dephinium.

    If you are really "quick", you might figure out it's common name. Would you like to see the foliage?
     
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    Dee M. Active Member 10 Years

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    Speedwell! Veronica, that is. Maybe Veronica spicata. I thought Echium was a good guess too. Nice shade of blue and a good picture.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Veronica spicata! Dee's got it!

    This plant does have a weedy tendency, but the blue it has some of the best true blue flowers amongst the perennials in my garden, and it has a rather long flowering season.

    Veronicaspicata051022099900.jpg
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Delpiniums don't have protruding anthers. They do have "bees", whether there is also a wasp or not.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Such a short time here on these forums, and I have learnt so much already from the likes of Ron, Daniel, etc.
     

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