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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jun 15, 2017 11:17 PM CST
I have some plants that I put in a huddle in case we had a bad winter. A couple of abelias, a fern, and I don't know what. I kinda thought it was a Shampoo Ginger (no, don't know the botanical name as it was a gift) but that could be just a memory meltdown. The leaves certainly don't look like the ones the Shampoo Ginger had before it went to plant heaven. Maybe this is something that a bird planted. Now, whatever it is, I don't know if I should leave it alone because at least it's growing, or if I should put it in a pot. And if I put it in a pot, how would I go about doing it? Take a look. Do click on the pictures so you can see that this little alien plant has plenty of roots.

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It does live near some Chinese Pistache trees (don't blame me for having them - - I inherited them from the previous owner). However, I don't think the leaves look like a Chinese Pistache.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 16, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Did you grow sunchokes?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jun 16, 2017 12:47 PM CST
No sunchokes.
I can't think of anything that I put back in the 'huddle'. My abelias are fairly large even though they are still in pots - really big pots. And I know I put my NOID fern back with them and it has some fresh growth. At one time I put the Shampoo Ginger there but it wasn't in a black pot and I do think I murdered it. I have some large saucers near the 'gang' that I keep water in for the birds. Maybe one of them planted a seed. Don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but there's not one leaf on the inside of the pot. Just the leaves on the sides. And a ton of roots wrapping around the bottom. Pretty darn-d weird!

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