Perennials forum: Got Hypoestes aristata???

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 8, 2017 6:22 AM CST
This is one of my very favorite plants, yet I've never seen it sold in
the local nurseries. I did see it once at the Del Mar "Exposition" (fair) maybe 20yrs ago,
but not in anyone's garden......it would be hard to miss anywhere when it's blooming.
Annie's sells it, but would call your local nursery first. The seed may be sold, too.
If anyone wants seed, please treemail me. Smiling

BTW, I searched here for Hypoestes arista and Ribbon Bush, but did not find any
threads that were specifically about it. But I see wcgypsy posted a pic of it in the
Plant Data Base. So will I, and will add info as well. Green Grin!

There are many members of Hypoestes genus, but H.aristata is originally from South Africa.

I found it totally by accident growing against side of Judy Wigand's home when it was
Judy's Perennials in Fall of ~1985. I don't remember if we just happened by, or had
gone there specifically for plants, but the H.aristata (aka Ribbon Bush), was glowing lavender
against the side of her home in the afternoon sun, when most other plants were going dormant.

I asked if she had one I could purchase, but she said they weren't ready for sale.
However, thankfully, she relented & let me buy one though it was not as mature as she would have liked.
Thank you, Judy! Hurray!

As it turns out, you can literally yank one out by the roots, put some water on the roots, throw it in a bucket
till you have time to plant it, and it will do just fine. Hilarious!

This plant is just wonderful in so many ways......
1. It's not picky about soil, somewhat drought tolerant, though does best with water and good soil.
2. It doesn't get mildew, rust, etc.....very little if any problems with insects or snails.
3. It has lush green semi-glossy leaves that make great foliage, especially when mixed with other flowering plants.
4. It grows rampantly without much attention, but easy to contain if desired. 4ft tall the first year, 6-7ft the 2nd year.
5. It blooms pro-fusely like salvia on steroids! And in the Fall!
6. Of course bees & hummers love it, too.
7. Very easy to propagate from cuttings or seed.

My only regret is it doesn't have any fragrance for me.....maybe it does for others(?)

They need support when they get >4ft as the stems are only ~1/4" - 1/2" thick. But
if not supported, they simply lay down, leaning on each other, and keep growing, no problem.

I had so many "volunteers" this year, I gave at least 50 plants to 2 local nurseries hoping to
get them to offer it for sale to the public. That's the downside of growing plants for me....
I hate to throw anything away.....even seeds and cuttings. It's a curse.

But I must, as they get too big if left e.g. next to a chair or under my pomegranate.

Anyway, just wanted to bring it to your attention as a great addition to any garden.
It's well suited for Southern California for sure, but would bet it would do well even in Minnesota if
protected during the winter. Thumbs up

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Very pretty plant , I have not seen it before.
Rated for zones 9 to 11 so even with the best Winter protection I could not see it living up here.
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 9, 2017 12:39 AM CST
How do you grow hollyhocks, sweet peas, rudbeckias?
Do you start seeds indoors in fall or winter?

I think it's easier to grow warm zone plants
in a cold zone, than cold zone plants in a warm zone.

It would be happy in a 5gal pot for a few years at l least. Worth a try.
I cut them back to ~ 6" after they bloom.

I haven't been saving the seeds as they re-seed so well, but will
save seeds this year if anyone wants some. Thumbs up

BTW, they also make a very nice cut flower bouquet.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 9, 2017 2:26 AM CST
It is a beauty. Thank you for the information. I
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 9, 2017 2:26 AM CST
It is a beauty. Thank you for the information.
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 9, 2017 10:37 AM CST
lauriebasler said:It is a beauty. Thank you for the information.
Welcome!

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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Nov 12, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Cal I agree on the beauty of the flowers. Does it flower from seed the first year ? I am always open to new things.
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 12, 2017 12:59 PM CST
Hazelcrestmikeb said:Cal I agree on the beauty of the flowers. Does it flower from seed the first year ? I am always open to new things.

Yes, I think so......I have so many new ones, including small seedlings that are trying to bloom! =O

I transplanted several yesterday against a chain-link fence for privacy.......many more volunteers all around the garden.
I've let it go, just trying to keep things alive during the hot weather, but now it's cooled down, so I have started cleaning
out the gardens to plant bulbs, sweetpeas, and have had to pull out a lot of hypoestes.

There's plenty left, though, and I'll try to give each one a home if possible. It's probably considered "invasive", but
it adds so much beauty, especially blooming freely & profusely......in November! =O

It's really not a problem, imho, if you cut off the blooms before they go to seed, or just pull out the seedlings.
(I don't really "yank them out", unless they're wedged into the fence.....I always try to loosen them and get a root ball vs
bare roots......but if bare roots, just dip them in the pond, and set aside in a bucket until able to plant in a day or so).
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BTW, if it's not supported, and lays down, it layers easily to produce even more plants.

Here are some pics from yesterday when I was cleaning out a garden, and saw the hypoestes hi-lighted in
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 9, 2017 5:01 PM CST
Still blooming! Green Grin!
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Still have lots of small plants that need to be transplanted if anyone
wants any. Otherwise will give to friends, family, and local nurseries.

I'm going to let it re-seed, as it adds a nice foliage since
hostas don't do well for me.



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