In the bog

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Howey
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In the bog

This little plant has segmented runners and the 4/5 petal deep blue flowers bloom on 2 inch stems. The stamens are prominent - made me think of Hebe/Veronica. The basal leaves are 1 inch long, shiny and convex. Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Sorry, I'm no help!  Maybe a closer photo would be helpful?  Which plant do the flowers come from?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Hmmm, did you happen to plant Polygonum hookeri there?

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://zrehacek.myplus.org/os/obrP/Po...

I assume it's a planting, rather than a natural bog, as I think I see a pot rim (or something) there... ?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Never seen that before.

Pretty, though.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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If you can get a sharp picture of the flowers would help. I agree that it looks like a Veronica. However, speedwells have zygomorphic flowers and it is difficult to see in your picture. Seems to be a pretty plant though.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Howey
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My apologies for the out of focus pic - perhaps it's time for a new camera?  Anyway, I should mention that the flowers came in sets of 3 on a stem - it is not zygomorphic - has wintered over OK and seems immune to competition from other plants, moss and liverwort.  Don't think I would have planted a polygonum.  BTW, the flowers have fallen now.  So the mystery continues...my garden is full of them.  We're off to Beausoleil Island on Georgian Bay up north where I am hoping to get some nice pictures (wild orchids?) to show on the forum.  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

Lori S.
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Sorry, I meant to ask if it might be Polygonatum hookeri:
http://www.google.ca/search?q=polygonatum%20hookeri&rls=com.microsoft:*:...

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

Sorry, I meant to ask if it might be Polygonatum hookeri:
http://www.google.ca/search?q=polygonatum%20hookeri&rls=com.microsoft:*:...

I did understand that! I do not think it is a Polygonatum. It is more likely something like Anagallis.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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It is a veronica for sure but the species names evades me (I have seen it before)

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Howey
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Thanks to all who replied.  Am inclined to go along with your ID, Todd.  Those extended stamens spelled Veronica to me - now to find out the species.  Fran

Boland
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The fact that they are in a bog, I'd say its Veronica americana...American Brooklime.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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