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Purple Flower ID

This flower came back in one of the pots from the previous owner of our house. Any ideas what it is?

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Re: Purple Flower ID

This could be woodland phlox, and a real keeper! Mine is blooming and let me check tomorrow when light, and perhaps not raining.
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Re: Purple Flower ID

Whatever it is, it is gorgeous. I love blue and lavender flowers.
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Re: Purple Flower ID

I think you might be right! The bloom season seems about right and you can see the seed pods in my photos that seems to match the descriptions online. I might have to transplant some into my garden :)
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Re: Purple Flower ID

Phlox usually (always?) have 5 petals. I think it's Hesperis or Lunaria.

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Go along with the Hesperis......I don't think the leaves are broad enough for Luneria.
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Re: Purple Flower ID

The lower leaves are broader and are heart shaped like the Lunaria. I'm actually leaning towards the Lunaria... some of the flower photos online look pretty identical.
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Re: Purple Flower ID

This mystery should be solved soon. It will either make "money" or a much more mainstream looking seed pod. Hesperis flowers smell like cotton candy to me. Any scent from your blooms?

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Re: Purple Flower ID

Just wanted to give an update - it turns out that it is a money plant. The previous owner of the house collected seeds and left them in bags for me. I found the "money" pods and asked her about them so I'm pretty confident in the ID now. I'll just have to be sure to keep it contained!

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Purple Flower ID

If you cut off the "money" before it splits and drops seeds, you'll only have the original plant, no sprouts unless it's from unsprouted seeds from previous years, or new seeds are dropped by birds from elsewhere. Not hard to control at all, doesn't deserve its' reputation if cultured, not "let loose."

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Re: Purple Flower ID

pinksand wrote:The lower leaves are broader and are heart shaped like the Lunaria. I'm actually leaning towards the Lunaria... some of the flower photos online look pretty identical.
I can confirm and do little correction...

...it is Lunaria biennis...

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