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By Baja_Costero on Oct 5, 2022 7:34 PM, concerning plant: Sedeveria (XSedeveria 'Blue Mist')

Beautiful glaucous, dark purplish, fat-leafed rosette succulent with red flowers. The rosette may reach 5-6" and the stem may grow longer than that. Very easily propagated from leaves or cuttings. Branching tends to occur relatively late in life, though leaf propagations usually end up multiheaded, and branching can be triggered en masse by beheading. My plant flowered in early fall.

Usually mislabeled and sold as Echeveria tolimanensis, which looks similar vegetatively but has very different flowers (among other ways, with sepals pointing away from the corolla and not closely pressed up against it).

Parentage is said to be Sedum craigii (a pinkish purple plant with white flowers) x Echeveria affinis (a green or often dark brown-leafed plant with red flowers). Like both parents, it has the best color in strong light. Both parents are involved with other hybrids (eg. 'Ganzhou' from craigii, 'Black Prince' from affinis) and both have a pretty distinctive color and leaf shape.

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By Baja_Costero on Oct 5, 2022 12:04 PM, concerning plant: White Sage (Salvia apiana)

This plant, found in northern Baja California (among other areas), is being removed from habitat in vast quantities and sold for its supposed health benefits, some of which involve burning the leaves. The vast majority of white salvia on the market here is obtained illegally, and its extraction causes massive and lasting harm to habitat.

Salvia blanca can be grown in cultivation without much trouble in its native climate, and the few people who have invested into this mode of production deserve support. Shun any seller who cannot say in some reasonably verifiable way that their product came from cultivated plants.

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By LoriMT on Oct 2, 2022 6:00 PM, concerning plant: Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips')

This Salvia starts blooming in early May in my zone 7b North Georgia garden. The blooms during the cooler seasons of spring and fall are prolific and bi-colored red and white. During the hot summer, the flowers turn solid red and there are fewer blooms. The plant goes dormant in the winter.

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By krobra on Oct 2, 2022 4:09 PM, concerning plant: Salvia Rockin'® Deep Purple

Rockin' Deep Purple does produced the occasional seed/seedling. Seedlings I have found so far have had dark purple, pink or light blue almost white blooms. While all these colors are in the Rockin' series, they are not exact matches to the original blooms or plants. But for the price of one Deep Purple and a couple years, I have two new colors.

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By carlagoodloe on Oct 1, 2022 11:05 AM, concerning plant: Roses of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

Downside is aphids love it in late summer so you end up with ants and aphids both. Bees love it too.

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By Seedfork on Sep 30, 2022 2:06 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lava Flow')

Most people know that Lava Flow is an early bloomer, one of the very earliest in my garden. But, for me it bloomed throughout the season and bloomed so far this year until the last day of September.
It's been a good multiplier also in my garden. The first bloom scapes this year were very short due to a late cold snap, but some of the rebloom scapes were almost chest high.
The blooms are prettier and brighter in the early season, but they are also some of the prettiest in the late season simply because not much else with vivid colors is blooming at that time.

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By LoriMT on Sep 29, 2022 2:39 PM, concerning plant: Primocane-Fruiting Blackberry (Rubus Prime-Ark™ Traveler)

This primocane-fruiting blackberry cultivar was developed in 2004 by the University of Arkansas
System's Division of Agriculture. This plant appears to have improved disease resistance to rust and anthracnose. This plant is thornless and bears large thumb-size fruit. As an everbearing primocane, it delivers fruit all summer long. Fruit on the first-year canes starts ripening in mid-late summer and continues into fall. After the harvest is finished, select 3-4 hefty canes and prune them back to 2 feet. Cut all other fruit-bearing canes to the ground. In the spring, the second-year canes (floricanes) will send out side shoots with fruit that begins to ripen in late spring. Second-year canes should be cut to the ground as soon as that harvest is done to allow the plant's energy to go into fruit production on first-year canes. For a larger primocane harvest, do not allow a floricane harvest (i.e. cut all canes to the ground in the fall after harvest)

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By Baja_Costero on Sep 29, 2022 10:22 AM, concerning plant: Haworthiopsis koelmaniorum

Smallish Haworthia to about 4 inches wide with brownish leaves bearing many warty tubercles. Closely related to and resembling H. limifolia, but a different color and lacking the characteristic lines on leaf surfaces. Usually solitary (propagated from leaves or seed) but offsetting forms exist and are probably overrepresented in cultivation. Slow growing and said to enjoy a bit of protection from the sun.

The most northerly Haworthia in habitat, from far northeastern South Africa. The smaller, variable var. mcmurtryi has deltoid leaves with a greater degree of translucence, and is reasonably common in cultivation. This species was distributed in recent years as ISI 2019-29 (type variety) and ISI 2014-22 (var. mcmurtryi).

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By Baja_Costero on Sep 27, 2022 10:14 PM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia fortuita)

Relatively large medusoid Euphorbia from southern South Africa with a main stem to 5 inches and somewhat upright arms to 4-5 inches (total width about 10 inches). Cyathia (near the tips of the branches) are dark purple with several tiny processes on the outer edge, appearing on non-persistent peduncles.

This plant may be confused with E. colliculina and E. esculenta, both medusoid Euphorbias from the same region, all 3 with relatively fat arms. E. fortuita and colliculina were lumped with esculenta in 2006 but separated again in 2012. Their cyathia have different colored glands, and the peduncles on colliculina may be persistent.

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By Baja_Costero on Sep 27, 2022 9:58 PM, concerning plant: Mammillaria (Mammillaria bocasana 'Fred')

Monstrose cactus with (mostly) spineless stems that branch profusely and may form a large mound over time. The stem tips, often somewhat involuted, may be pink, but the rest of the plant is light green. Spines may appear where reversions occur; these parts of the plant may not particularly resemble the usual bocasana.

There are apparently several nonidentical Freds with the same general phenotype of many spineless, light green stems. Some are larger than others and some are cresting or manifesting more wildly divergent monstrose growth.

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