Sandbox forum: I learnt another official plant name

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Faridat
Nov 19, 2017 12:55 AM CST
So, what I called "dwarf Tradescantia zebrina" is called in fact "Tradescantia minina Callisia repens". Comes from Bolivia and is thus called also "Bolivian Chain plant", or "Bolivian Turtle vine".
It is a low maintenance, very hardy and easy to spread, perennial succulent.

Now, as for my cuttings, for which I have dedicated my kitchen windowsill, I have the Hedera helix ivy rooting already, the Aloe plants are also showing some chunky roots, the Tradescantia silamontana top cuttings, the Tradescantia Pallida and the Sedums. All the experiments with the more woody stems are failing at large, it seems only tender stemmed plants are propagated easily in water. Just a note for the future.
I haven't had the time to work on ageing the remaining terracotta pots. The ones I have already done, need some sanding also, to soften the harsher lines of the paint given.
Also a side note, never to buy these huge terracotta pots EVER AGAIN. Too heavy, too space consuming, albeit they are gorgeous lookin'. I want more plants and have to prioritize thinking of the available space that I can use.
On the end of the month I will purchase more succulents for my collection and also some small plants to use into filling the big, empty surface of the already "filled" pots, which, to speak the truth, look awful with those leggy chamaedoreas, or the Corn plants alone.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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TsFlowers
Nov 19, 2017 7:13 PM CST
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I only know *some* of the perennials that grow in my area and surrounding. I've come to call them botanical names, but that may be the proper terms. But knowing how to pronounce them is another thing entirely . . .

I was taught phonics in school; and phonics and Latin do not seem to mix. I now can't even remember how I used to pronounce Aquilegia, but I was way off and nobody ever knew what I was talking about unless I said Columbine. I thereafter learned how to pronounce it too.

I grow a few Echeveria and had to practice pronouncing that word from a guy at the farmer's market.
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
AND . . . always hear both sides of the story before making a judgment.
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 20, 2017 12:44 AM CST
I love knowing the botanical names of the plants, I noticed in posts how many members know them, I admire people that have such a memory and ability! I want to put plant labels in all of the pots. As time passes and I acquire more I'd like to have them as a reminder of each plant, its botanical and its common name also. Haha, this incident with the Columbine was funny, yes, most people do seem to remember and use the common names of a plant.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer

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