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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 10, 2011 10:19 PM CST
Does anyone know what this is. It's about a plant root ball found after 9/11 in the debris. According to the article, no one has identified the plant:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/10/new.york.911.plant/index.ht...

I know I have seen this plant somewhere with the little leaves, it's going to drive me nuts! :)


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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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Sep 11, 2011 7:57 AM CST

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Those tiny little, shiny leaves and growth habit make me want to say it's a Codonanthe or some kind of Nematanthus...blooms would be handy.
Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 11, 2011 11:51 AM CST
I think I found what plant it is, Privet Honeysuckle, Lonicera pileata. They mentioned in the article it had purple berries in the fall. And that the bloom was fragrant. I just didn't know you could grow this as a house plant!!!

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Lee Anne: We must think alike because my first thought was Nematanthus (Guppy Plant" Goldfish Plant") too ... but foliage can be deceiving.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 13, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Except goldfish plant has orange flowers, this was said to have white flowers and purple berries.

























Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2011 3:54 PM CST
Lonicera pileata is a pretty shrub. I'm not sure which I love more, the beautiful white flowers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lonicera_pileata_flowers_0...

or those gorgeous purple berries: http://www.greatplantpicks.org/display?id=3024&searchterm=al...
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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 13, 2011 5:55 PM CST
I read it's best to grow it in a hanging basket if you can, because the purple berries are underneath. Is that true?

























Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2011 6:35 PM CST
I've only heard of it growing as a hedge, don't know anyone whose grown it as a houseplant. The berries do appear to be beneath the stem/branches and would be more visible if the plant were hanging.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 13, 2011 7:24 PM CST
I'm going to try it, will let you know Smiling Found a plant on ebay dirt cheap. I love that place. I'm completely happy with a newly rooted plant, or even cuttings in some cases :)

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