Purple by Swazzette

Purple

Still on the California adventure and still marveling over the different flora and fauna. Not sure what this flower is called but I really love it's other-worldly appearance.
Sue this looks like some sort of sea creature! great editing!
September 18th, 2010  
Just stunning.
September 18th, 2010  
Hope you are having fun in California! You can see why I am quite content to stay right where I am and spend my weekends exploring all of the wonderful beauty to be found here.
September 18th, 2010  
LIKE!!! So beautiful!
September 18th, 2010  
hmmmm...death star?
September 18th, 2010  
Love this!
September 18th, 2010  
his is a very unusual flower. beautiful
September 18th, 2010  
Hmmm... I love your photo, but it makes indentification a little bit difficult... Are the petals really white or are they purple-ish? Is the center really that dark purple? What do the leaves look like? Was it growing wild or was it cultivated? That's the long way around of telling you we need more information!
September 19th, 2010  
@cglist - CIndy, the center is really that dark purple then it gradually fades out to white across the broadest part of the petals. The curled part (or I guess you would say the underneath part of the petal) is of a purplish tint. The leaves are ummm....very green. Don't know what else to say about them other than they're long and slender. Any ideas? (Although I think Richard's Death Star may be pretty close.)
September 20th, 2010  
Well, I think it might be some kind of Dahlia, although I couldn't find a photo of this particular variety. It juswt seems similar to some of these:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ausgardener.com.au/product_images/n/dahlia_cacti_mixed__53932.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bloggen.be/plantengids/archief.php%3FID%3D730530&usg=__ngoZUey9jOeIa0SmjpHbsv37dBU=&h=564&w=600&sz=82&hl=en&start=81&zoom=1&tbnid=eP9M8idsEToDWM:&tbnh=160&tbnw=180&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddahlia%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7TSNA_enUS370US371%26biw%3D1174%26bih%3D490%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C3071&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=916&vpy=151&dur=141&hovh=218&hovw=232&tx=140&ty=198&ei=bEuXTJvhIoWfnQeFxezcCA&oei=20qXTK-iOsX-nAfL8ezABw&esq=2&page=9&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:81&biw=1174&bih=490
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hsoc.org.au/images/striking_dahlia.JPG&imgrefurl=http://blass.com.au/definitions/dahlia&usg=__SDfkMaWqMx09XJGN6nxLmNvLOko=&h=622&w=640&sz=50&hl=en&start=10&zoom=1&tbnid=WHmCIDWKw6UtdM:&tbnh=152&tbnw=170&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddahlia%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7TSNA_enUS370US371%26biw%3D1174%26bih%3D490%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C358&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=920&vpy=168&dur=78&hovh=221&hovw=228&tx=64&ty=199&ei=qkuXTJ_PIILInAfM6eiNCA&oei=20qXTK-iOsX-nAfL8ezABw&esq=8&page=2&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:10&biw=1174&bih=490
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.americanmeadows.com/Images/Product/med/Prod_DahliaStarstruckMix.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.americanmeadows.com/SpringFlowerBulbs/Dahlias/StarstruckDahliaMix.aspx&usg=__JOiKCTT7W1ftGMu_gLOcyXg9cNA=&h=334&w=314&sz=50&hl=en&start=10&zoom=1&tbnid=Tj0DzxK9MjxscM:&tbnh=163&tbnw=179&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddahlia%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7TSNA_enUS370US371%26biw%3D1174%26bih%3D490%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=499&ei=R0yXTJeNH4bCnAfBvL2MCA&oei=20qXTK-iOsX-nAfL8ezABw&esq=2&page=2&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:10&tx=111&ty=75
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images.quickblogcast.com/3/0/7/0/2/129183-120703/Dahlia_Bridgeview_Aloha.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blog.stargazerperennials.com/2009/01/13/when-to-plant-dinnerplate-dahlias-and-where-to-buy-dinnerplate-dahlias.aspx&usg=___1oLMb0ykswySklo82DXTDgsKMI=&h=300&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&start=111&zoom=1&tbnid=dRtw3pIOegbszM:&tbnh=155&tbnw=161&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddahlia%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7TSNA_enUS370US371%26biw%3D1174%26bih%3D490%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=125&ei=n0yXTPO2KM2enwfOzJnnBw&oei=20qXTK-iOsX-nAfL8ezABw&esq=23&page=12&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:111&tx=90&ty=99
September 20th, 2010  
Yikes! Sorry those links are so HUGE!!! (Who knew??)
September 20th, 2010  
Sue, I think it's the same flower as in my photo..-it's definitely called wheel flower.
September 27th, 2010  
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