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Asked by louisemmunroe on September 14, 2016
Identifying a Plant

My friend has a large plant in a pot outside. It has loads of small bright mauve blooms that look a bit like monkey flower, but the foliage has many small leaflets on a stem, and the flowers each have a thin stem about two inches long. The whole plant has an airy, dainty look to it. Beautiful.

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The leaves you describe, with many leaflets on a stem, are known as "pinnate":

Most flowers that look similar to monkey flower are in the plant order Lamiales. One of the few plant families in Lamiales with pinnate leaves is Bignoniaceae, so perhaps your friend has one of those plants. Here are some examples:

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Asked by bibicarlsen on July 26, 2017
Bignonia Capreolata

My vine is 3 years old, and it’s the 1st year it’s going to bloom BUT the buds form but the flower is not forming. the tube is there but it doesn’t open, it just falls off. It doesn’t look like I have a bug on it. Any suggestions to help it along.

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Training to avoid crowding of stems will aid in the formation of flower shoots. Branches can be cut back in the spring to encourage flowering.
Best flowering is achieved in full sun.
Water regularly to occasionally when actively growing in the warmer months for best results .

Thrips can be the cause of flowers just dropping form a plant. They can be difficult to see in some cases.
You can use Neem Oil if you suspect that pests are the cause.

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