Southeast Gardening forum: Tropical herbaceous perennials

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 21, 2018 4:39 PM CST
Dieffenbachia propagated just for the fun of observing. Doing the 1st stem was so fun, I did another. Will now perform hardiness experiment. Almost every tropical plant I've put in the ground, succulents notwithstanding, has survived at the roots & started growing again the following summer. Maybe Dief is another survivor. When most / a lot of the plants go dormant for winter, it's so much easier to add leaves/compost, pull unwanted tree sprouts, etc... Herbaceous perennials aren't "the thing" for a garden where I am now, compared to the style when I was in OH, but I'm used to that naked winter look, and if my herbacous perennials can be leafy tropicals, I say heck yeah!
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Along with Cordyline fruticosa, Syngonium podophyllum, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Tradescantia pallida, Hypoestes, Caladium, cane Begonias, Brugmansia... all of which disappear above-ground, but keep showing back up. That's hardy in my book, just not evergreen.

I've learned a new appreciation for my now-adopted Z8b. What else do you use that way, those of you who also get regular frosts but the ground does not freeze?
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Sep 22, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Tiffany, I have also had Firebush, Hamelia patens; Fire spike, Odentonema; datura, lantana, and confederate rose come back from the roots in my zone 8a SC garden.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2018 5:34 AM CST
Fabulous suggestions! I also have Lantana & Confederate rose but didn't mention because they require tools to be cut down to get rid of the debris from the previous year. ...but I guess the Brugmansia I mentioned does too.
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