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By sallyg on Feb 25, 2020 9:33 PM, concerning plant: Crotons (Codiaeum)

Popular in tropical landscapes, they seem to be difficult for many when grown indoors in cold zones.

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By sallyg on Feb 25, 2020 9:32 PM, concerning plant: Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castanospermum australe)

I have only seen this for sale once here. Baby plants may still have a big green 'bean' showing at the soil level, almost like an avocado pit. Quite novel.

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By sallyg on Feb 25, 2020 9:30 PM, concerning plant: Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

I've been growing these since buying my first as a 3-inch potted plant about 9 years ago. From that plant I now have two multi-stemmed plants in deep 8 inch pots from which a number of pruned rooted stems have also been taken. I find it a very forgiving plant, growing well in my workplace and also able to hang out over winter in a dim corner of the home waiting for summer outside in shade. It develops tall, unbranched upright stems and strong offshoots from the base. Leaves become larger and longer on more mature plants. I like the narrow 'footprint' that can fit into a corner. As I said, I have cut off long stems, cut those into sections, and easily rooted both sections and end pieces to give away. I recommend these as easy plants.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 25, 2020 6:53 PM, concerning plant: Aeonium dodrantale

This plant, a former Greenovia, is from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It has glaucous blue-green leaves and the rosette may be open or closed depending on conditions and the season. Prolific reproduction leads this plant to form mats over time.

The name, sometimes erroneously spelled erroneously as dodrentale (even in the CoL), refers to the nine inch long peduncle (in reality 4-10 inches). The flowers are deep yellow and may have dozens of parts (18-32) instead of 8-10 like most common Aeoniums. A rosette dies after flowering.

This plant grows on rocky walls and ravines in habitat, often in full sun.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 23, 2020 8:29 PM, concerning plant: Dire Dawa Aloe (Aloe mcloughlinii)

Offsetting mosaic aloe from Ethiopia with glossy, spotted leaves and red or pinkish flowers on multibranched inflorescences. Leaves are long (to about 18 inches) with many long spots and sharp teeth. Inflorescences may branch up to 9 times, with somewhat laxly flowered racemes, and flowers are relatively short (under 1") with pale greenish white mouths. This plant is known to hybridize with A. harlana, A. megalacantha, and A. trichosantha.

This species is related to a few other mostly East African mosaic aloes (djiboutiensis, elegantissima, erensii, harlana, hemmingii, jucunda, peckii, pirottae, somaliensis, suffulta). It can be distinguished from somaliensis based on its larger size and shorter flowers.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 23, 2020 8:18 PM, concerning plant: Namib Aloe (Aloe namibensis)

Solitary or sparsely offsetting aloe from Namibia with slightly rough leaves and red flowers in densely flowered racemes. Leaves are erect and grayish green to brownish, with black teeth. Inflorescences may branch up to 5 times and racemes are upright, tall and cylindrical-acuminate. Found in the very harsh and dry Khan River valley to within about 60 miles of the coast. This species is related to the coastal A. asperifolia, which has bigger teeth and spreading inflorescences.

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By Australis on Feb 23, 2020 4:33 AM, concerning plant: Thaumatophyllum

This genus was originally described in 1859 with a single type species (Thaumatophyllum spruceanum), but was later merged into Philodendrons (Philodendron). In 2018 the genus was resurrected and a number of Philodendron species were moved into it.

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By ScotTi on Feb 22, 2020 11:59 AM, concerning plant: Bromeliad (Neoregelia 'Honihoni')

Neoregelia 'Honihoni' is a 1995 hybrid (N. 'Fireball' x N. 'Nana') created by L. Vinzant of Hawaii.
The honi is the traditional Polynesian kiss forehead to forehead nose to nose.

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By ILPARW on Feb 21, 2020 2:29 PM, concerning plant: Jesuit's bark (Iva frutescens)

This Maritime Marsh-Elder or Hightide-Bush is a barely woody, usually leggy shrub in the Aster (Composite ) Family that has a native range from the coastal area of southern New England down along Florida over to south Texas in brackish and saline wetlands. It bears long, narrow, opposite leaves with pointed apexes and having some marginal big teeth. It bears rounded flower clusters with a green cap and whitish and yellowish flower parts hanging down in late summer and early autumn that are not showy. I first saw this plant listed in the catalogue of a native plant nursery. Some native pant nurseries and conservation nurseries offer this species for embankment restoration and stabilization, and it can be grown in a regular landscape, though it is not really showy. (The Eastern Groundselbush (Baccharis halimifolia is similar and native to the same region and often a companion plant, but has smaller, broader leaves that are alternate, little upright white flowers, and white hairy seed clusters.)

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 20, 2020 11:59 PM, concerning plant: Vahonona (Aloe cipolinicola)

This single-stemmed highland tree aloe from Madagascar (up to about 8-12 feet tall) was formerly a variety of Aloe capitata. It has a similar branched inflorescence with densely flowered capitate racemes and most notably flowers opening from the top downward. The flowers are yellow, bell-shaped, and nearly sessile (very short pedicels) toward the bottom of the raceme. Slow growing in cultivation. Intolerant of extreme heat. Flowers vulnerable to winter cold.

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