All Things Gardening forum: Creeping Gloxinia - Asarina erubescens - One tough plant!

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 17, 2012 11:45 AM CST
These are tough plants. Over two months ago I cut away the pot from the vines and stuck the pot with the roots in the greenhouse. I was mildly surprised to see the cut vines still green and blooming 2 weeks later. I was dumbfounded to see half of them still growing and blooming a month later. It's now over two months and I'm seeing seed pods!!!!! I have checked and double checked to see if any of the vines are in the ground and couldn't find any. They are literally living off the air.

I'm not sure if I should be admiring or scared! Apparently you can't kill these plants .. The few vines that are still green are wrapped around the stems of some Clerodendrum. I'm wondering if they might be parasitical, getting its water from the Clerodendrum though I do not see any kind of root structure on the Asarina when I unwind them.

Has anyone else seen anything like this before?

Here are some pictures .. the first is of pods that definitely were not there when I cut the pot away. The 2nd is a bloom taken today. All that dead stuff in the background is Asarina.


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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Dec 17, 2012 7:54 PM CST
Very cool!
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wcgypsy
Dec 19, 2012 9:13 PM CST
Interesting...I have some young purple asarina...I'll have to experiment with them this next spring...
I could be wrong...
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 20, 2012 8:13 AM CST
I'm utterly astonished .. I'm thinking this plant is probably very invasive in some climates if it can bloom and make seed pods without roots!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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extranjera
Dec 20, 2012 1:56 PM CST
That's pretty amazing. I'm thinking that its name is a bit deceiving, it sure is capable of more than "creeping" it must be able to sprint Rolling on the floor laughing
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