Identify This Flower & Win 1 Million Yuros

June 10, 2010 | By | Comments (16)

Can you identify this flower? If so, please tell me, because I’m desperate to know. I encountered it blooming this week in the Virginia garden of my friend, Linda Hostetler. I’m going nuts.


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Looking like a psychedelic cross between a spider mum, allium, sea urchin, and Ozzie Osborne’s brainwaves, the electric blue flower sits atop a sturdy stem about 24 inches high. Stems quickly take root wherever they are placed and hold the flowers upright even in the highest winds. Stems lack foliage and seem to appear overnight out of nowhere. They’re equally happy in sun or shade and in well-drained or poorly drained soil.

If you can identify this mystery flower, send Grumpy your answer by Saturday, June 12, 2010. The winner will receive 1 million yuros. As you know, the yuro is the currency used by many foreign countries, such as Kryblechistan, Moldavia, Pandora, and Tralfamador. Any U.S. bank would be happy to convert them to dollars, dimes, and quarters.

Father’s Day Is Almost Here!

That’s right! America’s favorite holiday is fast approaching, which means you are in dire need of gift ideas from someone who knows what every real man wants. Fear not! Next Monday, June 14, Grumpy shall publish his cherished, beloved, and eagerly awaited “Manly Garden Gifts for Father’s Day.” That will give you a whole week to do the right thing.

I’m so excited.


  1. Tsanc

    this plant is the naked painted lady. leaves appear later

    June 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm
  2. Patricia Rankin

    My guess is Lily of the Nile

    June 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm
  3. SCSue

    It’s an Everlasting Allium! Can be found at Gardener’s Supply,default,pd.html
    What can I buy with a million Yuros????

    June 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm
  4. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    Grumpy is impressed by your answers! The grand prize winner of the 1 million yuros will be announced tomorrow. Contain your excitement!

    June 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm
  5. Vikki

    Oh my! It’s the long sought after “Don’t it make your brown seed head Blue” Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion).

    June 12, 2010 at 9:22 am
  6. Rose

    I don’t know what it is but I want one! Please tell us the answer when this contest ends.

    June 12, 2010 at 3:01 am
  7. UrsulaV

    Clearly an Allium metalfolium, the steel garden onion. Sadly, they do not reproduce well from seed.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm
  8. Henry H.

    Shrek’s Q-Tip???????

    June 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That’s not flower. That’s the magical wand of the good witch of the north. You can’t fool me!

    June 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm
  10. Aunty Matter

    I think it’s a Cylon.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm
  11. Liza

    Oh c’mon, you’re making that up. That’s not a flower. It must be some sort of plastic garden decoration. Right?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:39 am
  12. Roscoe

    That’s that new fangled lacecap hydrangea called ‘All Summer Sparkler’ but it does not seem to have leafed out very well.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm
  13. Tom (7th Street Cottage)

    Does it keep pigeons from roosting?

    June 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm
  14. Cameron (Defining Your Home)

    Helen was here today and told me about that flower, so we know what it is. We both want it in our gardens…definitely dog, cat, deer, rabbit and Japanese Beetle resistant.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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