Monday, February 16, 2009

My Valentine present

I dropped a hint to DH that I'd like to have an orchid for Valentine's Day instead of something more traditional. He couldn't find one (and now I'm glad since I now know they can be difficult to care for), so he got me this really cool plant instead. Its leaves are a deep purple that looks black in some light. They also look like butterflies.

And it has these pretty little light purple flowers with kind of wavy stems:
Here's a (crappy) photo of the whole thing in its pretty midnight blue ceramic pot. I need Pat (or Lauren or anyone else please!) to identify it for me because DH forgot to save the info thingie. I could Google or call the florist shop, but I like it when Pat identifies plants.
The other part of DH's gift is taking care of it for me so I don't kill it. Yay!

17 comments:

Anne Marie said...

I think that plant is really cool! I think you will be happier with that than the orchid - those things are hard to keep alive and if you do keep them alive it's tough to get them to bloom again!

bianketti said...

Wow, I've never seen such a plant! Great taste on your husbands part and pretty pics on yours!

pat said...

Becky, I'm pretty sure this is a variety of Oxalis, or wood sorrel. Some people call it false shamrock. It also comes with green leaves that look more like shamrocks. Love these dark purple leaves!

robin said...

Yes, I think it is a purple leaf shamrock. Hope it will last through St. Patty's Day! I sometimes get the green variety but I like the dark leaves and the little purple flowers on this one.

Jason said...

Great flower shots Becky!

Becky Anderson said...

That is so pretty! I think it is so sweet when they give the non-traditional! And what better present than to have him keep it alive for you :) Now that is great!

Lauren said...

Dang, Pat beat me to it, I actually (kind of) knew this one, but I thought it was a type of clover, not "fake" clover ;) Love that soft pink against the maroon. Fingers crossed that it's easy to keep alive!

Suzy said...

Well it sure is a pretty plant! I love those dark leaves. Your hubby did good picking it out.

Angela2932 said...

Wow! As impressed as I am with this plant, I'm also totally blown away by Pat encyclopedic plant knowledge! Your husband did good with this one!

Meaghan said...

I love the dark purple. It's so pretty!

Jo said...

Pat is amazing! This is such a pretty plant, I can't wait to get some flowers in my garden, my pots are all prepared and my beds are popping up with daffodils, but still no color.

Diana said...

sorry i am no help here but i did want to tell you that i think is a very pretty plant

Mandy said...

Wow...that is gorgeous. I love the little flowers. I wonder if it blooms all year. I just love the purple clover leaves too...that just rocks.

Reds said...

Beautiful plant - hubby is no nice to buy it... and take care of it!! ;)

S.Kremer said...

WOW! Very pretty:) What a great gift:)

Amy said...

What pretty leaves and such delicate flowers, I thought the leaf was a butterfly at first glance. :)

And you know, I know what you saw on that tree...my dad and I saw the same thing!

Margaret said...

That's a beautiful plant! I like that he agreed to take care of it for you so you don't kill it. ;)

And that's great that Pat knew what it was...I knew she would, though!