Even though we could not positively find an identity for my mystery plant, we could find a name for it. That is to say, I have received several suggestions--from friends with nothing better to do but spend time enough to make me laugh. I have to say I liked all the suggestions and I thought I'd give them to you for appraisal and possibly a vote on the best name.
Yes, we do know how to have fun around here.
Julie Helms must have had some down time over at Wooly Acres or it may have been all those sheep she tends to count which may have given her this idea in her sleep. She said:
It came to me in a dream last night!!! I KNOW what your mystery plant is....Gloriensis lennonalis!
Well, it does have a certain ring to it.
Then came Raymond Alexander Kukkee of Incoming Bytes with the same sort of revelation. He responded with:
And here I thought it was Gloriosa lennonacea fam. gardenzeitgeist.
My goodness, but I do have creative friends, don't you think?
Monday's Muse and Saturday's Sunshine beat them both with a thorough analysis before coming up with a likely candidate:
Mike details it well:
Possible Positive ID made. This is
Geranium pilferitum which results from growing the seeds derived (stolen) from an F1 hybrid. F1 hybrids are the plants grown from seeds when two other plants are deliberately crossed to create a hybrid. F1 is the 1st Familial Cross between two plants.
The subsequent generation of seeds are F2, or second family, seeds. These seeds will contain some, but not all of the characteristics of the F1 hybrid, and certain characteristics of the original grandparent plants -- those that were used to create the original F1 hybrid.
Note the soft, pleasing purple color of the flowers, characteristic of Geranium maculatum which is the Wild Geranium most of us are familiar with and love. The leaf structure is exactly that of Wild Geranium and would probably not change unless a new species was introduced.
Glory Lennon would be advised to collect the seeds from this plant and grow as many as possible while not allowing the flowers to cross breed, and only hand pollinating them to make them self-fertile. Select the plants that match this one, and grow those seeds as well. It will take 5-to 10 generations, but a stable, new cultivar will result and Geranium pilferitum will become "Geranium Glorious" named after the breeder (pilferer), Glory Lennon.