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

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  • $\begingroup$ found it in Los Angeles $\endgroup$ – Mihaela Roman Sep 12 '17 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 '17 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. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Sep 12 '17 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ It may be useful to add a clearer picture of the flowers. $\endgroup$ – bli Sep 13 '17 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ unfortunately i don.t have another picture of it.. $\endgroup$ – Mihaela Roman Sep 13 '17 at 15:54

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.


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

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  • $\begingroup$ Flowers don't resemble bougainvilla. And leaves don't either as matter of fact. $\endgroup$ – RHA Sep 14 '17 at 6:23
  • $\begingroup$ I know bougainvilla and that wasn.t it. $\endgroup$ – Mihaela Roman Sep 15 '17 at 7:02

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