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Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-29 Updated

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Crasssula falcata

Propeller plant

[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.

I started it from a cutting off a plant in Los Angeles, so it likes warmer weather. The plant stands about 2 feet tall from the bottom of the pot to the top of the flowers.

However, I have no idea what it is. Class?

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Whatever it is, it's awesome! Any ideas?

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Submitted by JoeInSF on

I realized that it's intense orange color is because it's a Giants fan. It bloomed this fall and two years ago at this time. So, obviously, it blooms when the Giants are going to win the World Series. :)
Thanks, Twig!

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Submitted by twig on

This opens up a whole new area of plant-based prediction in regard to sporting events. So instead of an octopus doing it, you could use succulents. Cool! I'll have to keep a closer on eye on my plants and see which way they're leaning.

Unfortunately, not knowing anything about sports, I won't have a clue what they're telling me. Truthfully, I thought the Giants were a football team. We may have to change the title of these posts to Plantidope.

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Submitted by JoeInSF on

New York Giants are a football team. San Francisco Giants are a baseball team and the 2012 World Series Champions!

This plant really is a mystery! I want to figure out what it is to see how to propagate it. I suspect that I can cut off the upper part and root it. The base part of the plant will probably branch out and bloom again next year (assuming the Giants win the World Series again.) But I'm not sure if there's a better approach, as in you can root individual leaves.

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Submitted by twig on

I just don't know. It doesn't look like the standard-issue kalanchoe foliage, but the flowers do. I'll look at some of the plant identification sites shortly and see if something like this turns up. Whatever it is, it's very handsome.

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Submitted by quixote on

It's a stop-still-in-your-tracks amazing looking plant. I have one in my garden too. Pic here if anyone is interested.

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Submitted by twig on

You just saved me hours of scrolling through succulent websites. And now Joe can propagate more plants with Giants' orange flowers. Win win!!