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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 16, 2015 11:37 PM CST
Can anyone tell me what this plant is called?
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Sep 16, 2015 11:39 PM CST
Corkscrew plant??

https://www.google.com/search?q=corkscrew+plant&tbm=isch&tbo...

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 16, 2015 11:50 PM CST
Thank you Connie, yes that is what it is. Thumbs up
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Sep 16, 2015 11:52 PM CST
Cool plant!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2015 10:09 AM CST
It belongs to my aunt, she lives in Nevada.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 17, 2015 10:23 AM CST
I agree that Juncus corkscrew plants are cool, but that doesn't look like one to me. I have one and it's like grass with little seed heads on the sides. The photo seems to show a curly stem with little leaves off them and that doesn't look like any Juncus I've seen. That's more like Euphorbia tirucalli, but mine isn't very corkscrew like. Maybe I'm just not seeing the photo correctly.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Euphorbia tirucalli doesn't curl like this plant does. By the way, that is some specimen of Euphorbia tirucalli that you have Donald.


But the little leaves on the end of some of the branches does look like what is on this plant belonging to my aunt.
I wonder if it could be a euphorbia?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2015 10:59 AM CST
My first thought was Euphorbia also but upon further research, it may be
Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus f. spiralis 'Unicorn')
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Sep 17, 2015 11:13 AM CST
The blooms seem to appear midstem on the rush. Perhaps what we are seeing are "bracts" where the blooms emerge?

Look close...

https://www.google.com/search?q=corkscrew+plant&tbm=isch&tbo...
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 17, 2015 11:32 AM CST
I found a closeup of the blooms on corkscrew rush here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=corkscrew+plant&tbm=isch&tbo...

They just don't look the same to me. When mine does bloom, it doesn't look like what I can see in Lynn's photo. But Lynn, you are absolutely correct. The Euphorbia doesn't corkscrew! It was just the stem with tiny leaves that reminded me of that. The other plant I have that is just stem with just the occasional tiny leaf is Spartium junceum 'Spanish Broom', but it doesn't corkscrew either.
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jmorth
Sep 17, 2015 12:36 PM CST
I think it's a Pencil Cactus aka Firesticks
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A Euphorbia tirucalii
I have 1 in my basement under lights that curls like yours'.

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jmorth
Sep 17, 2015 12:45 PM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 17, 2015 1:22 PM CST
One other thing is that there appears to be segments. There aren't any segments in the Juncus, but there are in Euphorbia. The Juncus is really like grass. I wish my Juncus was growing better. Right now it's an iffy plant. I'm not managing to keep it happy.
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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2015 2:05 PM CST
E. tirucalli was my first thought because of the little leaves along the stems. I used to have a large one in ground and one in a container but I never saw the stems curl like that ... didn't even think of the segments as Donald mentioned.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2015 5:18 PM CST
Let me add some more photos of Aunt Sue's plant.

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 17, 2015 6:03 PM CST
I don't know. Maybe a candelilla that hasn't been growing under full light conditions causing it to corkscrew? It just looks like what I used to know as 'pencil plant', which wasn't quite the same as the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks' that I'm growing. It's been a while since I've actually seen one growing anywhere, but they used to common in the Austin, TX nurseries back in the 70s. They tend to stay green and not get the coloring of 'Firesticks' but otherwise are similar. I think the pencil plants may have longer segments, but that may be a bad memory at work. These last photos don't look like Juncus to me. But the candelilla wouldn't normally corkscrew, either. Could it be a type of etiolation?
Donald
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2015 6:15 PM CST
She has it on her covered porch, which does get some sun. They live in Parumph, NV, get really hot and dry in summer.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 17, 2015 6:24 PM CST
I think it needs lots and lots of light and much of that needs to be direct. IF it's candelilla.
Donald
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2015 6:30 PM CST
The blooms don't look right, she said hers were very tiny and it also had leaves at the tips like your Euphorbia tirucalli.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Sep 17, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Lynn, I can now see that this plant does have branching so that would eliminate juncus. I have also grown pencil plant but it grew upright. I don't think I can be of any more help now as I am not that familiar with the kazillions of euphorbias (assuming it falls in that genus).

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