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Mystery Plant!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

While wandering the Enid A. Haupt Garden a few weeks ago (it’s part of the Smithsonian Institute on the National Mall in Washington D.C.), I stumbled across this awesome plant rimming the edge of a big container. Anyone know what it is? I have to have it! You ID it and I’ll get more info and a source!

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  1. rosebud2 11/01/2011

    My guess would be that it is an Episcia...not sure which one, perhaps a rare one.

  2. Deanneart 11/01/2011

    Gorgeous plant! no idea as to the ID, do you have a closeup of the flowers?

  3. perennialpal 11/01/2011

    I have bunches of them. they seed everywhere. A friend gave me one a few years ago and she called it chocolate plant since the leaves are basically brownish tones. It is gorgeous especially when It blooms those great purple little blossoms on long stems. I like it in front of the lime colored pearl of Omar. Sorry I don't have the proper names of either.

  4. WirtalaK 11/01/2011

    It could be Pseuderanthemum alatum, or chocolate plant (Acanthaceae family).

  5. WirtalaK 11/01/2011

    It could be Pseuderanthemum alatum, or chocolate plant (Acanthaceae family).

  6. jdigi 11/01/2011

    I agree with WirtalaK. Here is a link. The article says it is a good shade ground cover that can be grown indoors.

    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/2008/sep08/ChocPts.html

  7. Joyce70 11/01/2011

    I have a very similar plant growing in a pot in my bathroom. It is lighter colored with some silvery in a lighter green. Mine is a very slow grower and now have flower pods coming out. I have assumed is a type of "prayer plant" but don't know. I love it in the pot.

  8. Josefly 11/01/2011

    Yup, it's a chocolate plant. I want one too. But what is that gorgeous red-flowering shrub in the 2nd photo?

  9. perennialpal 11/01/2011

    I found a picture of the gorgeous red plant that looks like Ruellia amoena Nees. I googled it under Acanthaceae.

  10. BeverlyJY 11/01/2011

    Ny grandmother gave me a start of this plant many years ago when I was in HS. She called it the Soldiers Choc Plant. Why I don't know. I kept in in my Kitchen window and it grew as big as the window. I Lost it 3 yrs ago in My House fire. :-(

  11. NancySpagna 11/01/2011

    This is Pseuderanthimum alatum - the chocolate plant. Zone 9 is best for this plant. A beauty for annual mixes in my zone 6-7 area when creating a chocolate garden!

  12. scromer 11/01/2011

    It is a chocolate plant (Pseuderanthemum alatum) and is very prolific in my yard here in Florida.

  13. Bthy2 11/01/2011

    I'm not exactly sure, but I believe it is some type of Hosta!

  14. thegardenlady 11/01/2011

    It is indeed chocolate plant rimming the pot. The flaming hanging plant is Begonia 'Bellfire'.

  15. arboretum 11/02/2011

    michelle, i thought the edith haupt garden was only outdoors. this isn't from the indoors botanical garden, also on the mall?
    best,
    mindy
    http://www.cottonarboretum.com/

  16. houseplantguru 11/02/2011

    It does resemble an espicia leaf, but is a chocolate plant, Pseuderanthemum alatum. What a great way to use a beautifully patterned leafed plant, as an underplanting in a container! It really ads a lot of pizzaz to the container.

  17. MichelleGervais 11/02/2011

    Hey all! Thanks so much for IDing this awesome plant. As promised, I found a couple of sources:
    http://www.kartuz.com/p/80070/Pseuderanthemum+alatum.html
    http://www.glasshouseworks.com/trop-p3.html
    I can't wait to get one!

    arboretum--this was taken outside, believe it or not. There's a seating area along the side that has tons of tropicals in pots.
    Deanneart--sorry, no closeup of the flowers. :-(

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    CrystalBLibby 01/30/2019

    I love this Mystery Plant & how you have planted it!

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