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May 3, 2011 2:38 PM   Subscribe

[Flower-Identification-Filter] Please help me identify this flowering plant, and save me from making a blunder in etiquette!

I received this lovely potted plant as a gift last week, and am working on writing out a 'Thank You' card. I'd like to reference the actual plant in the card, however I can't seem to recall the name of the plant itself. It does not help that blurry little name card in the photo is making a mockery of my ignorance.

Hivemind, I implore you: to share your botanical knowledge, and help this brown-thumbed mefite win the affections of her colleagues!
posted by numinous to Science & Nature (6 answers total)
It's hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like it might be alstromeria or dianthus.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:42 PM on May 3, 2011

Can you post a picture from overhead? That might help with identification.

If you can't figure it out, it's totally okay to say "I love this plant. Do you recall the name of it? I took out the tag without making a note of it, and I'd love to get more for my garden."
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:48 PM on May 3, 2011

mudpuppie - Both good guesses, but based on a cursory googling of both of those flower names, I can confirm that neither of them are the flowers in question. Thank you for the guesses, though!

Metroid Baby - Unfortunately, I've already taken the plant home, and am merely referencing a photograph that I took last week. Otherwise, I would just take a look at the name card! :)
posted by numinous at 2:52 PM on May 3, 2011

It looks like a godetia to me.
posted by Balonious Assault at 2:53 PM on May 3, 2011

Balonious Assault - HOORAY! They were indeed Godetia. Thank you so much for your help. :-D
posted by numinous at 3:00 PM on May 3, 2011

I'm happy to be able to help. It's been a long time since I was in the floral business, and it's always a little bit of a surprise when a long-forgotten plant or flower name bubbles to the surface like that. Senility averted for one more day!
posted by Balonious Assault at 3:44 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

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