What Is It?

Mystery Flower
Mystery Flower

Anybody know what this flower is is called?  I took this picture about two years ago in the flower garden of a local Midwest newspaper columnist.  The plant is bush-like, standing approx. 3 ft. high, and apparently does well in full sun.  The spike-like bloom is 6-8″ long. The photo was taken in early September.   (I knew its name when I took the photo, but, geez, that was over two years ago.)

I had this shot in my “Photos to Work On” file, and decided to use it to experiment with backgrounds, textures and blending modes.  I like the way it turned out.

If there are any florists, horticulturists, Master Gardeners or backyard farmers out there that can identify this for me, I’d appreciate hearing from you.  Please, no Latin names.  Thanks.

Thought for the Day:  Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.     Bobby Bowden,  Florida St. football coach

6 thoughts on “What Is It?

  1. I am wondering if it is bugbane.  Google “photos of bugbane” and it looks similar.  According to my flower book, it flowers in the late summer/early fall.  Barb

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  2. Looking through a Gardener’s Bible that the kids gave me it appears to resemble a celosia  (Orgentea Cristata) which does bloom in the fall.  The height and color seem to match. I think I will try to buy some seed and see what happens.  I’ll keep you posted.  Gerald

    To: gandhgolter@q.com Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:07:44 AM Subject: [New post] What Is It?

    Larry’s blog posted: ” Anybody know what this flower is is called?  I took this picture about two years ago in the flower garden of a local Midwest newspaper columnist.  The plant is bush-like, standing approx. 3 ft. high, and apparently does well in full sun.  The spike-li”

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