Tropicals forum: ID please

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Name: Julie
Ontario Canada
Orchids Beekeeper I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1
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batflower
Feb 28, 2014 6:58 AM CST
I was looking threw some old pictures of plants I grew, when I came across this one. I remember this plant well, It had large leaves which were very fuzzy, with spines underneath. the veins got brighter than this in the summer, this pic was probably taken in the winter. I got it in a seed trade probably 12 years ago. I lived in a very northern climate at the time (zone 3) and I lost it to an unexpected flash freeze in Aug. when I had it out on the porch for the summer. (so it wasn't hardy at all) The only thing I don't remember, is what it was. Does anyone recognize it?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
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TexasPlumeria87
Feb 28, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Could it be Bed of Nails Solanum quitoense?
Name: Julie
Ontario Canada
Orchids Beekeeper I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1
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batflower
Mar 1, 2014 6:44 AM CST
I think it is! thanks Cameron Hurray!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 1, 2014 8:20 AM CST
You're welcome Julie Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Mar 4, 2014 7:05 PM CST
I agree, Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense) very interesting looking plant!
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Mar 9, 2014 11:45 AM CST
When the fruit gets ripe (dents to a light touch) drop it in scalding water for 20 seconds, remove it to cool water, then it is easy to peel.
It is good in salsas.

Diced with cilantro, lemon juice, onion, garlic, chili, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt. Mix all ingredients together and let sit for a few hours, then it's ready to serve.

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