I spotted this shrub-like plant in California, USA.

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  • $\begingroup$ found it in Los Angeles $\endgroup$ Sep 12, 2017 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure it's listed somewhere within this database. I'm currently categorizing the leaves as: elliptic in shape, pinnate in venation, entire margins. Anyone agree? $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Sep 12, 2017 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Charles A randomly chosen plant from So. Cal. could be from anywhere given the climate and horticultural practices, so I don't think I'd limit the search to natives. $\endgroup$ Sep 12, 2017 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ It may be useful to add a clearer picture of the flowers. $\endgroup$
    – bli
    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ unfortunately i don.t have another picture of it.. $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2017 at 15:54

2 Answers 2


Almost definitely not a CA native.

It looks like a coleus to me -- cultivars are pretty diverse but typically have variegated leaves with some amount of purple coloration.


  • $\begingroup$ Flowers look very different though... $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2018 at 1:09
  • $\begingroup$ Not a Coleus. They have square stems and opposing leaves. $\endgroup$
    – Bugmo
    Mar 19, 2018 at 1:46

It is Bouganvillia. If you have pets you don't want one even if your neighbors have pets. When the flowers drop they get all over the place and if they get into any food or water source for pets they will slowly die from the Poisonous oils that seep out of the flower. Other than that they are a very easy vine to grow and easy to train.

  • $\begingroup$ Flowers don't resemble bougainvilla. And leaves don't either as matter of fact. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Sep 14, 2017 at 6:23
  • $\begingroup$ I know bougainvilla and that wasn.t it. $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2017 at 7:02

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