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Sep 1, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Portulacaria afra

P. afra in full bloom in early summer

Thumb of 2018-07-13/Baja_Costero/334682

Full size image here.



And the entire plant pictured here.

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Sep 1, 2018 7:35 PM CST
Zone 5
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What a delicate flower produced in such torrid weather conditions. The miracle of Nature. Very interesting banner, I learn something new every time you display one of your Baja California specials.
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Sep 1, 2018 7:49 PM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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My sentiments are similar to Fleur's. The miracle of nature indeed! Outstanding! Thumbs up
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Sep 1, 2018 8:18 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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I agree with both Fleur and Leon. Beautiful banner and beautiful pink color of the flowers.
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Sep 1, 2018 8:20 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Thank you. To me it's even more of a miracle because those flowers are not something I normally expect, and have never seen in such quantity. The potted one of these I have on the patio made absolutely zero flowers this year:



So yes, I celebrate those most fertile moments (as do small flying insects galore). Smiling
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Sep 1, 2018 8:36 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I've seen a number of fairly large plants, and none have ever been blooming! What a great show, and a great photo!
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Sep 1, 2018 9:25 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Maybe it's too hot there? We're actually very mild in early summer. Lots of fog. Could be that. But the temperamental aspect of it still eludes me.

Some local news from South Africa where this plant is being touted as a tree of life, for the curious...

https://www.timeslive.co.za/ne...

Here it's pretty universally used as a hedge plant, because it is infinitely prunable and shapeable. The one in the picture above would have been as wide as it is tall, had I not taken a pair of shears to it fairly regularly.
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Sep 1, 2018 10:20 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Your climate must fit it perfectly. In AZ it only grows well in the shade, and I've ended up with horrible mealy bugs in every planting I've ever had. I had to give up on it. It didn't even like my greenhouse.
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Sep 2, 2018 2:16 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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So interesting! We have a plant here in the south of France that I think may be the same. I have never known what it is called, and never seen it bloom. I'll take a photo and add it here - perhaps Baja can give me an expert opinion?
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Sep 2, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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I agree with Fleur and Leon about those delicate flowers coming from such a harsh environment. Mother nature never fails to amaze!
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Sep 2, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Name: Carla
Buckeye, AZ (Zone 9a)
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Simply put...Beautiful!!! Hurray!
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Sep 2, 2018 8:15 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Remarkable banner, and flowers in such an unforgiving climate. The wonder of nature indeed. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Sep 2, 2018 4:38 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Spectacular banner Baja!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Sep 2, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Thank you all very much for the kind words and the acorns! Smiling
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Sep 3, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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Beautiful banner Baja I tip my hat to you.
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