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23/11/2013 at 17:06

Can anyone help identify this please? My Dad got the original from a cutting years ago, and propagates it each year. It's not hardy so he grows it in pots and brings it indoors in the winter (SE England - the photos were taken today). He says he thinks it's from the 'lavender family' but from the leaves I don't think that can be true. Neither leaves nor flowers have scent. The flower spikes are about 8 cm long.


23/11/2013 at 17:12

It looks a bit like an orchid. Its very pretty

23/11/2013 at 17:16

One of the salvias?

23/11/2013 at 17:16

They don't look like orchid leaves

It's the wrong side of the glass for me though. I can only ID hardy plants

23/11/2013 at 17:19

No cutlet you're right, I didn't notice the second pic. Sorry 

23/11/2013 at 17:19

Lovely plant! I think the family is Lamiaceae, lavender is also part of that familyCould it be a Salvia

24/11/2013 at 11:29

I thought the same as Dove by the shape of the flower. Wouldn't mind that plant myself, its unusual and very pretty.

24/11/2013 at 12:00

I'd put money on salvia.

I have a similar one salvia amistad - if you google it you'll see exactly the same flowers, but mauve.
Bought mine in spring this yr at about 18", now nearly 4' and although it looks a but battered now, still covered in bloom!  A really stunning plant - just hope it survives the winter. I gave it a good 4" mulch a couple of weeks ago.
Good luck!

24/11/2013 at 12:12

Calendula that is lovely, another one on my wish list...

24/11/2013 at 17:52

Thanks for all your replies - it is beautiful, isn't it? The flowers are a pale mauve - I had the flash on on my phone which makes them look whiter than they are. I think you are all right - a salvia of some sort. The leaves have a darker, almost red underside. They do look like the the amistad one but websites say this is a very new plant - my Dad has had it many years - and that it's hardy which this isn't.

24/11/2013 at 21:03

Perhaps your Dad discovered it

RHS lists the hardiness as follows- 

Resilience Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

25/11/2013 at 15:44

Just a guess: white plectranthus?

25/11/2013 at 16:17

Rusflorum: I think you've got it! Fantastic - thanks so much

25/11/2013 at 16:21

That's a new one on me - I'll keep my eyes open for it 

25/11/2013 at 16:38

Actually I think it's a Plectranthus hybrid called 'Mona Lavender' hence my Dad thinking it was part of the lavender family.  In fact they are related to mint and deadnettle. Good website here:

26/11/2013 at 11:49

Good on you rusflorum. that plant had been bugging me. I was convinced it wasn't a Salvia , the leaves didn't look right. 

26/11/2013 at 11:52

Look ideal for a cool conservatory

26/11/2013 at 12:48

Thanks. The local supermarket is always selling loads of these, they flower

for ages and are trouble-free.

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