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Old 05-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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I'm getting frustrated here... I've been to 3 different nurseries now, and it looks like I've had issues with plants/service from each one. Does this happen a lot?

This time, I ordered Phlox divaricata, and when they came they were labelled Lobelia siphilitica (I ordered those too). So I called them and the woman who packed the box said she was 100% sure they were P divaricata because she put the order together herself. Naturally I trusted her... until I got Phlox maculata from another nursery and saw how different the leaves were.

After doing a google search of Phlox leaves, my fears were apparently confirmed... I do not actually have Phlox divaricata.

Does anyone know what this plant is? I put them in shade thinking that's where they belong, and maybe they do, because they're definitely growing. No flowers yet though.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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I don't really recognize it, but it does sort of look familiar.

Does it have a squarish stem, L. syphilitica seems to...but from the little that I can see of it, your mystery plant doesn't seem to.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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I'm gonna bump this, and ask people again to take a look. It's definitely not Phlox divaricata, as I got my replacements today, and they look much different.

The problem is these are where I want my phlox, and I have no idea what these are nor where to move them. Please help!
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No need to fret. If you have another opening, give it a home where it may mature.

Some of my favorites were little surprises I had found growing as youngsters within pots of those I had bought.
I carefully separated them and gave them a temporary spot to grow to see what they turned into.....
One matured into the most beautiful plant I had ever seen.....Queen of the prairie! Another....the standing cyprus.

Once yours blooms, it may lend aid in its proper identity. You may be surprised to see it's worthy of keeping after all!
If not, do with it what you may.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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Could you just pot them up until you figure it out? At least you will be able to put your phlox in.
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It definitely doesn't look like Phlox divaricata to me.
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How about getting an e-mail address to somebody where you bought it and asking them what they accidentally shipped to you? They'll know what it is for sure. They're growing out what they're selling.
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How about getting an e-mail address to somebody where you bought it and asking them what they accidentally shipped to you? They'll know what it is for sure. They're growing out what they're selling.
Good idea...and maybe they'll give you credit or ship the phlox out to you for free.

BTW, I like your new avatar, Pantyhose Princess (Lib).
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Ya.... I saw that. I don't know how I ended up with it though. The avatar's gotta go though!!!
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Ya.... I saw that. I don't know how I ended up with it though. The avatar's gotta go though!!!
You got it because you use old pantyhose like most people use duct tape...and someone wanted to recognize you for it.
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