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This page is a work in progress describing those plants in our garden that I haven't yet been able to identify. Over the course of a couple of years, I've identified many, and they're described on the garden plants page. Follow the links for more photos in each category. If you have information about the plants, I'd be pleased to hear from you. The “mysteries” are gradually being solved, so not all entries are mysteries any more. They're also on the garden plants page, but I'm leaving them here as well for historical reasons.

This page is organized in reverse chronological order. It's one of the very few pages on this site that is: I hate reverse chronological documents, because they're almost always the wrong sequence. But in this case the individual plants are unrelated, and it's the newest ones that are of most interest. Sometimes, very seldom, reverse chronological order makes sense.

Mystery 28 (solved)

This is Melianthus major


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All images taken on Saturday, 26 February 2011, thumbnails          All images taken on Saturday, 26 February 2011, small
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Mystery 27 (solved)

Mirabilis jalapa.


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All images taken on Friday, 11 February 2011, thumbnails          All images taken on Friday, 11 February 2011, small
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Mystery 26 (solved)

This is Oenothera glazioviana.


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Mystery 25


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Mystery 24


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Mystery 23 (solved)

This is Viburnum prunifolium


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Mystery 22 (solved)

This is Ballota or Horehound.


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All images taken on Sunday, 18 April 2010, thumbnails          All images taken on Sunday, 18 April 2010, small
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Mystery 21


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All images taken on Saturday, 30 January 2010, thumbnails          All images taken on Saturday, 30 January 2010, small
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Mystery 20


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All images taken on Wednesday, 21 October 2009, thumbnails          All images taken on Wednesday, 21 October 2009, small
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Mystery 19 (solved)

This is a duplicate of Mystery 14, the Vinca minor


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Mystery 18


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Mystery 17


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Mystery 16 (solved)

This is Senna aciphylla.


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Mystery 15 (solved)

This is Safflower.


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Mystery 14 (solved)

This is Vinca minor


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Mystery 13 (solved)

This is Chlorophytum.


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Mystery 12 (solved)

This is almost certainly Chasmanthe floribunda.


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Mystery 11

This is a flower we found blooming in late winter 2008 in the shade to the west of the house.


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Mystery 10 (solved)

This is a Tree dahlia


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Mystery 9 (solved)

These are Erysimums


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Mystery 8


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This must be some kind of weed, so I've described it there too.

Mystery 7 (solved)

Mystery 7 is an Australian native Oxalis


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Mystery 6


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Mystery 5 (solved)

This is a Watsonia.


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Mystery 4 (solved)

At some point I decided that this was a Bignonia, but now I'm sure it's a Pandorea jasminoides.


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Mystery 3 (solved)

This is Sparaxis


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Mystery 2 (solved)


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Mystery 1 (solved)

This is Acanthus mollis


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