Plant ID forum: Small houseplant, extremely hardy

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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May 3, 2014 10:05 AM CST
I've had this houseplant for at least five years now, it's under a foot tall, about 10" with leatherish leaves with scalloped margins that are raised on edge. I can tell you this plant is usually in the guest bedroom and often forgotten. It can take the abuse, without water for weeks or months at a time.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
May 3, 2014 10:39 AM CST
Christine, that is a healthy and beautiful plant ... great growing. I think it might be Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata)
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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May 3, 2014 12:40 PM CST
Thank you Lin!

Oh wow, go figure! That sure does look right. Now I'm tempted to divide it and see if it will grow outside. Whistling
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
May 3, 2014 1:37 PM CST
Coral Ardisia is listed as a Category I Invasive here in Florida but it sure is a pretty plant:

http://www.floridata.com/ref/a...

https://www.google.com/search?...
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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May 3, 2014 2:00 PM CST
I was just reading that, Lin. I guess I'll leave well enough alone. Maybe I'll put it in a bigger pot and give it some extra tlc, maybe it will flower for me in the house.

Here's some info about it as a house plant. http://www.houseplantsexpert.c...

And thank you for the ID, Lin, I feel confident that you got it right!! I'll mark is solved. Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
May 3, 2014 2:17 PM CST
Christine: You can keep it in a pot/container and sit it outside during the summer months ... they can attain heights to @ 6' but will probably stay about 3' to 4' if kept in a container. The fruit/berries and leaves are thought to be toxic so it's not a good plant to have around children or pets. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag281
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