This one may be an acquired taste, but I really like this plant. It's so odd and interesting. And those colors! However, I don't know the name of this plant. If you do, please leave a comment. It would be much appreciated!
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[NOTE: No longer a mystery plant, thanks to quixote!]
Plantidote pal JoeinSF has a mystery we need to solve. He has a gorgeous succulent in bloom and is wondering what it could be. Here are the clues, and below them, a second image of the flower close up, which you can click on to enlarge. Here is Joe's description:
This succulent suddenly decided to bloom after two years. The color is amazing. As with succulents generally, it provides a great return for the investment in time and resources.
Trailing jade plant, weeping jade, vining jade, none of the above?
I'm not 100 percent certain this plant is identified correctly. Looking at other trailing jade plants online, they seem to all have orange flowers. This one's flowers are refusing to open and even if they did, they sure don't look like they'll be orange. This one is also leggier than the ones online. In other words, we have a partial mystery plant. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-05
Aeonium decorum 'Sunburst'
Much more impressive in person, maybe because it's bigger than typical garden succulents. This one, for example, is about 12" across, and its stem (trunk?) is probably more than a foot high. Even people who aren't into succulents seem to be impressed by the larger varieties. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-20
I'm fairly certain this is a succulent of some sort. At least, it sure looks like one (see image below for a better view of the plant itself). But that flower! I actually did a double take, because I've never seen a flower like that on a succulent. It looks like an anemone. But wait, it gets weirder! Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-09
Aloe Vera in Bloom
Your typical all purpose, everyone should have one, Aloe Vera plant. What amazed me was the bloom on it. Close to 5' tall and shaped like it was ready to just pull up its roots and walk off.
See below the fold for full size pic.
Native to South Africa this succulent forms a base rosette of large flat leaves. When blooming it will send up a central flower stalk of about 30” with small, fragrant blooms. Leaves become edge tinged with red depending upon sun exposure.
It requires bright sunlight but not direct sun or leaves will scorch. Needs to be moved indoors if temps drop below 50 degrees. It is a desert plant and requires sandy soil and good drainage. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-05
Kalanchoe tomentosa "Chocolate Soldier'
Teddy bear cactus, panda plant, pussy ears
Welcome to cute plant day! I swore I would never buy another living thing at one of those giant hardware stores, but one look at this fuzzy little guy and ... well, you can see how that worked out. The leaves are as soft as velvet to the touch, and the plant needs almost no water. In fact, kalanchoes seem to thrive on neglect, making this quite possibly the perfect plant. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-11-08
This is a "bud" on a yucca that's never bloomed before. Since it's just starting to open -- and opening one of these flowers is a longer, slower process than most plants -- I thought it might be fun to show it in various stages. This is Day One, which is actually the first day I noticed it had a bud. Eventually, this little bud will be several feet long and spectacular! Stay tuned ...
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What you're seeing in the photo above is a small portion of the spear lily flower. The plant itself is enormous, well over 6 feet tall and probably just as wide. The blossom is the size of a king-size bed pillow, so large and heavy that it needed a special support thingy built to hold it up. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-07-28
Burro tail, donkey tail
The sedum family of succulents is big and diverse, known mostly for their plump leaves and unusual shapes. Many are easy to propagate. Just break off a stem, stick it in some soil and get out of the way. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-04-22