Wild flower ID

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by kirk1701, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Wondering if anyone can ID these wild flowers? Planted from a pack of wild flower seed this spring and this was the only thing that came up, takes the heat well and thrives. Would also like to know if these is seed in the bloom you can save and dry for planting next season? Much like Marigold seed

    Notice the yellow blooms, never seem to open till night time.
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    Has been yellow all summer, now have some red blooms
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    Thanks in advance
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Can you post a picture of the flower when it's open ?
     
  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Never does fully open, even at night the red one is about as open as I've seen it
     
  4. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    Evening Primrose maybe. Have only seen yellow flowers on them tho.
    VO
     
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Nope, looked that up and it's close but the flower opens all the way. I have not yet seen these opn any more then the last picture of the red one.
     
  6. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nicotiana.....flowering tobacco
     
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's the closest I've seen yet gunsnroses, still looks like the buds open on Nicotiana?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotiana

    http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=nita_003_ahp.tif

    The blooms are in a grouping like shown here too
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...ering_tobacco)_(Solanaceae)_Flower_(side).JPG

    I'm almost convinced except these blooms never open, just took these; a lot look the same even the trunk and the leave shape

    Here's the only difference, blooms never open wider then this:
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    Trunk, very much alike along with leaves
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  8. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you have the old seed pack or trace back to the vendor and see what it is. I am pretty sure it is some type of nicotiana. It may not be worth investigating or saving any seed. I am guessing this is some old heirloom stuff. The current hybrids of flowers are much more superior than the old varieties. For example, the new nicotianas dont need staking or support like yours and flower like crazy with much bigger flower and better colors. Why you never see a flower open is strange. Being an older variety It flower around 6 pm and closes in the am, or too much heat? I dont know but like I said probably not work looking into...If you like nicotiana, their is many superior varieties.
     
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks gunsnroses, like you I'm thinking some type of nicotiana also, maybe because its been so hot here reason its not opening. Were expecting a change in weather pattern and lows this weekend in the 60's

    Dam, might need a jacket but that would be a welcome change :drinkup:

    Maybe then the buds will opn so I'll keep an eye out for a sign.

    Like you said, not be worth investigating but I am going to save some seed (which look like mustard seed) and try them next season if not this season too and see what I get.

    I wouldn't mind a couple of these in my flowerbeds as this one took the heat very well.
     

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