jasmine?

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Howey
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jasmine?

I bought this plant as simply "jasmine" but it's like no other jasmine I've seen. This one is fairly small with a woody stem from which leaves (about an inch and a half long and three quarters of an inch wide in the middle) grow on sprays (panicles?) from which the three quarter inch purple with white picotee edge flowers grow in turn from their own small sprays. The leaves are opposite and moderately serrate and it has a lovely but not heavy fragrance. Looks a bit like a miniature wisteria. Sorry I couldn't post a picture of this but, don't laugh, I left my camera at my daughter's place in Toronto and must wait a week before she brings it back to me. They should make one of those old fashioned chatelaines to keep it attached to a belt of some kind for people like me who are always leaving it somewhere... Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Yes, I need an "idiot string*" on my things as well... mostly on my favorite dandelion weeder which I keep trying to compost.   ;D ;D

Well, I've tried googling to find it.  The common name for Jasminum sambac is "purple jasmine", however, the flowers are white, so I presume that's not it.

I found this by some random googling - is it either of these plants?  (Unfortunately this site doesn't show the latin names, but perhaps someone will recognize the plants.  The more I look at it, I think the second one is a Brassicaceae.)
http://www.treesflowers.com/trees-flowers/y2010-3687-purple-jasmine-flow...

I believe Duranta is supposed to be fragrant - could it be this?
http://www.almostedenplants.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=579

*What, as kids, we used to call the long string that joined childrens' mittens, and went through the sleeves of the winter coat...

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

Lori wrote:

Yes, I need an "idiot string*" on my things as well... mostly on my favorite dandelion weeder which I keep trying to compost.   ;D ;D

Been their, done that, many times!  Lucky my "tool of choice" tends to be cheap screwdrivers.  ;D

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

RickR wrote:

Lori wrote:

Yes, I need an "idiot string*" on my things as well... mostly on my favorite dandelion weeder which I keep trying to compost.   ;D ;D

Been their, done that, many times!  Lucky my "tool of choice" tends to be cheap screwdrivers.  ;D

And... I've lost it again today; rummaged gingerly ( :P) through the composters and still can't find it.  It needs a homing beacon.

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

Howey
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Joined: 2010-05-17

Guess I'm not the only forgetful one, eh?  Just occurred to me that last year a friend got herself an Streptocarpella from this same nursery - labelled "orchid". So perhaps this isn't really a jasmine. When I get my camera back, I'll get a picture to post - that is if the awful drought we're having doesn't do it in before then.  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

Hoy
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Joined: 2009-12-15

Lori wrote:

Yes, I need an "idiot string*" on my things as well... mostly on my favorite dandelion weeder which I keep trying to compost.   ;D ;D

Well, I've tried googling to find it.  The common name for Jasminum sambac is "purple jasmine", however, the flowers are white, so I presume that's not it.

I found this by some random googling - is it either of these plants?  (Unfortunately this site doesn't show the latin names, but perhaps someone will recognize the plants.  The more I look at it, I think the second one is a Brassicaceae.)

The picture of Purple Jasmine shows a Brunfelsia.

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

Howey
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Joined: 2010-05-17

Here at last is a picture of my mysterious "jasmine".  The flowers are actually more what I would call purple whereas here they appear blue.  It is still blooming nicely and, as you can see, is in a hanging pot.  Maybe someone can tell what it really is?  Thanks.  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

So it does appear to be Duranta erecta then... (which I had suggested for your consideration a while ago):

Lori wrote:

I believe Duranta is supposed to be fragrant - could it be this?
http://www.almostedenplants.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=579

;)

Perhaps you have this cultivar?
Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers':
http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=2568

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

Howey
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-05-17

Lori - yes, you are right - it definitely appears to be Duranta erecta "Sapphire Showers".  Other plants I have that do well here but are considered weeds in Australia and South Africa are Ochna serrulata and Hibiscus trionum (hardy). I shall pass this along to the nursery where it was purchased.  Thanks for the ID.  Fran

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