Not Stevia?

Not Stevia?

I was given a plant several years ago from a student and the tag said Stevia and they told me it was Stevia and I thought it was Stevia, but when I look on the internet I can’t find any flowers that match my “Stevia” plant.

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The bloom is very bushy and fragrant.  Each floweret is purple with an orange center.

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The bush it grows on is about 8 feet tall and getting bigger each year.  I cut a few of the flowers each year but I don’t overdo it.  I cut back my gardenia bush in the front yard and it has taken several years for it to bloom again.  I’m not a particularly skilled horticulturist.

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Did you notice the vase? I VERY CAREFULLY brought that back from Germany in my carry-on luggage in 1990.  I was on my honeymoon and this was my prized souvenir.

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I bring it out once in a while for some enjoyment.  I’m always afraid I will break it because the glass is very delicate so I don’t use it day-to-day.  But,  I do like to use everything I own and try not to save items for special occasions.  If I like it, I pull it out even if it’s just for me.   I’m a special occasion  🙂  and so are YOU!!!  So, I bring out the good dishes and the prettiest jewelry!  Celebrate with me the gift of one more day on this earth.

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5 Responses to Not Stevia?

  1. Merry Carol June 8, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    That is a budleia bush, commonly known as a butterfly bush…I have a dwarf one growing in my garden…butterflies love them.

    • Julie June 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      My friend Gina just told me that, too! Good thing I didn’t try to put the leaves in my tea!!

      • Julie June 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

        Now I want to go buy a real Stevia plant.

        • Gina June 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

          Humming birds love them too!

  2. Ansley Monaghan June 9, 2016 at 3:59 am #

    I believe that is Butterfly Bush.

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