Plant ID forum: Dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick'

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Jomama42
Mar 13, 2015 11:20 AM CST
I thought I posted the picture to your FB page. I can't figure out how to post it here.
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2015 1:10 PM CST
Are those stems in a vase of water or planted in soil in the container? My first thought was that it reminded me of Mugo Pine which are sometimes grown as Bonsai but after enlarging the photo I'm not sure:
http://beginnersbonsai.blogspot.com/2011/09/mugo-pine-from-k...
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pardalinum
Mar 13, 2015 1:27 PM CST
I was thinking a bonsai asparagus fern... Shrug! hard to tell though.
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Metrosideros
Mar 13, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Doesn't branch like a Pine tree.

Can't make out the leaves very well. Can you show a better close-up, clearer photo?
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greene
Mar 13, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Could this be some type of Fennel plant?

It is in a vase of water or is it planted in soil, thank you.
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Leftwood
Mar 13, 2015 1:51 PM CST
Greene has the right idea. Those are single upright herbaceous stems. The "branches" are individual leaves.
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greene
Mar 13, 2015 2:38 PM CST
I am encouraged and will guess again, please.

My brain is thinking it could be the popular florist flower Dianthus Barbatus, an unusually weird variety ( *Blush* I forgot the proper work for that type of flower deformity.
It is sold as "Green Trick" from Colombia "Green Ball" from Ecuador. The plant does not make seeds.
This is only a guess.

Edited to add:
Just in case my guess is correct, this plant must be grown from plugs not from seeds.
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chelle
Mar 13, 2015 2:40 PM CST
It's a dianthus.

The thread "a strange Dianthus" in Perennials forum
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2015 3:08 PM CST
@greene This one? Dianthus barbatus Green TrickĀ®
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Metrosideros
Mar 13, 2015 3:15 PM CST
Definitely a Trick!

I'd never have come up with Dianthus, even if they had tortured me to say it!
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2015 3:27 PM CST
Metrosideros said:I'd never have come up with Dianthus, even if they had tortured me to say it!

Me either! Green Grin!

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Leftwood
Mar 13, 2015 4:27 PM CST
Oh yes! I had noticed the true leaves that were almost completely hidden, and then proceeded to forget about them! *Blush*
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greene
Mar 13, 2015 8:18 PM CST
If it turns out that the Dianthus is the right answer I cannot take any credit. It was a question/request posted a year ago by @bxncbx that urged me to research the plant in the first place.

Edited to add link to the thread:
The thread "Wanted: Dianthus barbartus Green Trick seeds" in Plant and Seed Trading forum

Who could resist such a fuzzy green flower. Thumbs up
(I hope it's the right answer!)
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Weedwhacker
Mar 13, 2015 9:44 PM CST
I had no idea what the plant is... but welcome to ATP, Jomama42 !! Smiling
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