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tabarhodes
New Mexico
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Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 11:36 pm   Post subject: heart shaped shiny leaves


This plant came with our new house. It started coming up when the weather started warming up. Each leaf is on it's own stem, with all stems emerging from the ground. I originally thought it was a geranium, then perhaps a heuchera...but now I have no clue! Someone suggested it might be a hollyhock, but I've never seen a hollyhock that looked like this.

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 11:47 pm   


Those are definitely NOT Hollyhocks.
Very hard to tell, but it could be Heuchera...the habit is the same.

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GardenFanantic

Missouri - Zone 5a
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Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 12:00 am   


French Hollyhock - Malva
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/51464/index.html

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North Texas, Zone 8a
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Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 12:47 am   


Your leaves appear to be thicker and shinier than the French Hollyhock and they cluster near the ground. The French Hollyhock leaves are thin, not nearly that shiny and do not cluster near the ground.
Also the scallops on the edges of your leaves are more pronounced curves where the French Hollyhock is a gentle curve. The scallop on the leaf edges become more pronounced when the mature, but by that time they are anywhere from 2 feet to 5 feet tall.





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tabarhodes
New Mexico
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Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 3:33 am   


yes, i had looked at the french hollyhock, but came to the conclusion that it wasn't that.
I have another heuchera (that i planted), purple palace, and it does have a similar habit. But I just couldn't be sure.....
I guess i will have to wait until it flowers, provided it is a heuchera. They flower in the late summer correct?

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