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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Feb 18, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Hypoestes aristata!

This is such a wonderful plant. I found it by accident ~35 yrs ago at Judy's Perennials in Vista, California,
in September when most plants have stopped blooming. It was growing against the white wall of her home, and caught my eye as we drove past.
Though she only had some small plants that were "not quite ready for sale", she kindly let me buy one.
I've never found it in any nursery since. No pests,
drought resistant, semi-glossy green spade shaped leaves on 1/2" woody stems. Grows in plain soil to 8ft if given support. Blooms pro-fusely! Bee magnet.
Easy to propagate by cuttings, though produces many volunteers. Adds nice foliage all around.
Only wish it had a fragrance.


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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Feb 18, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Cal, stunning site banner. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 18, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Spectacular banner Cal!
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Fleur569
Feb 18, 2020 8:15 PM CST
What a stunning asset to your garden and makes for an impressive banner. Love it!
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joannakat
Feb 18, 2020 9:23 PM CST
Love this banner. Great to have all that info too!
AKA Joey.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Feb 18, 2020 9:29 PM CST
What an attention getting banner! I love the unusual blooms and the color. Lovey dubby

Would you be able to share a photo of the whole plant?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Feb 19, 2020 1:30 AM CST
Thank you, everyone! Smiling

I've cut them all back so they are only sticks now, but they were
7 ft tall (with support) when I took these pics 11/9/2019:
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BTW, those are all volunteers, as are all the others
scattered around the garden.


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Name: Carla
Buckeye, AZ (Zone 9a)
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cocoajuno
Feb 19, 2020 4:12 AM CST
What a perfect banner for February since Amethyst is the birthstone. I am enamored with this bloom. Love this plant, the full pictures are beautiful!!!
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Feb 19, 2020 5:36 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. I agree! The photos are even more lovely than the banner. What a pretty bloomer! Lovey dubby
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Feb 19, 2020 4:25 PM CST
Thanks all my friends for the many nice comments, thumbs & acorns! Smiling

Please feel free to treemail me with your address (no strings attached ;)
if you'd like a baby Hypoestes bare root......they will do great almost
anywhere, though may have to protect from freezing, even as a potted plant. Thumbs up
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Feb 19, 2020 4:36 PM CST
BTW, my DW, Ginger, loudly complained how many of the Hypoestes came up
every year, so actually pulled out a lot in 2018.....you can see what little dent
it put in the number of plants. Rolling on the floor laughing

But when I showed her the banner, the extra pics, and the great response,
she relented and was happy to see all. Lovey dubby

I do still have to pull more out as they do love our garden & try to
take it over. Rolling my eyes.

But really not a problem.....they're easy to contain, and are great late bloomers
for bees & fall/early winter color. Highly recommend. Thumbs up
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Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Feb 19, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Simply gorgeous banner, Cal!! Hurray! Hurray! Lovey dubby
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Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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GaNinFl
Feb 20, 2020 5:47 AM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up for a great banner, Cal!
Stan
(Georgia Native in Florida)
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