What Weed?

The extra wind and clouds has brought a little rain. I’m glad. It seems like I haven’t seen any rain since I moved here. The rain has made some weeds bloom at school. I still know so little about the plant life in Maui. On the one hand it’s exciting, but on the other hand I kind of don’t like it. I’m used to knowing dandelions or white clover or creeping charlie. What’s this?

The pink flowers in the back are bougainvillea.  They are usually planted, but they grow like weeds.

The pink flowers in the back are bougainvillea. They are usually planted, but they grow like weeds.

The flowers look a little like snapdragons.

The flowers look a little like snapdragons.

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5 Responses to What Weed?

  1. Lauren says:

    It is Purplulusflowerus Weedu. There. Solved that for you. 😉

    That’s pretty strange if Brad can’t identify it. But I should add ‘yet’ to that statement, because you will surely find out the answer.

  2. Carol says:

    Huh. I’ve only seen the bougainvillea growing as shrubs, like azalea, and can’t say I ever identified the flowers that well before. Thank you, Plant Doctor Brad!

  3. Paul Bergman says:

    I was told that it is called “Chinese Violet,” but after checking the plant books I brought back to Washington state with me, I have a better answer for you: It’s botanical name is Asystasia gangetica (a-sys-TAH-zee-uh gan-GET-ee-kuh). It has several more common names: Coromandel (named for the southeast coast of India), Ganges Violet, Ganges Primrose, and Creeping Foxglove. It originally comes from East Africa, and India east to Malasyia. It is widely naturalized in coastal areas and even considered a weed in some areas. It has an effective soil-binding root system and is therefore great for stabilizing slopes and loose soil. Finally it is highly drought tolerant, Hope you had as much fun reading this as I did writing it. Happy Day-After-Pumpkin-Fest!

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