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I planted this from the stem of a neighbour's plant. It has grown and flowered profusely since,about 12" tall, but this autumn some 'bleach' marks have appeared on the petals - I have cut most of these off, and now new ones are growing. We would love to know what it is called so that we can look up proper care. Many thanks, Anne

unidentified house plant  (13/11/2010)

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  • Posted: Sat. 13th November 2010 14:25

Re: unidentified house plant

Reply from Ena Ronayne

Hi Anne

It's quite difficult to see as the image is a little out of focus. Do you think that it could be a lanky Tradescantia pallida (commonly known as Wandering Jew)?

  • Posted: Sun. 14th November 2010 13:06

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Reply from Anne Menpes

Thanks so much Ena - this gives me somewhere to begin, Anne

  • Posted: Wed. 17th November 2010 17:13

Re: unidentified house plant

Reply from Jo Clark

Judging by the colour and shape of the reddish-purple 'petals' (they are actually the foliage of the plant) I think your mystery plant is Oxalis Regnellii Atropurpurea Triangularis - common name Red Velvet Shamrock. You can compare it to the pictures on this site: http://www.glasshouseworks.com/trop-o.html#Oxalis - scroll down to find the correct variety.

  • Posted: Sun. 14th November 2010 13:31

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Reply from MrsBing

I would agree with you, Jo.

  • Posted: Sun. 14th November 2010 13:41

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Reply from Anne Menpes

Thanks - this does seem to be the answer and I'm grateful - Anne

  • Posted: Wed. 17th November 2010 17:19

Re: Re: unidentified house plant

Reply from Anne Menpes

Dear Jo - many thanks - this does seem to be correct and I'm pleased to be able to put a name to it and will now get some advice. I've never been very successful with bought indoor plants, so was thrilled to have raised this one - so far... Anne

  • Posted: Wed. 17th November 2010 17:18