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Here's a challenge to get to know your plants better.  I'd love to hear about a plant that absolutely everyone should know about.  Please write a little piece on the plant (facts, how you got it, what makes it so cool, whatever), and please include a picture.  It doesn't have to be the most exotic plant that you own because what's exotic to you might be mundane for someone else and vice versa.  Of course, you're more than welcome to write about something exotic, but it's not required.  Just show-and-tell a plant that you love and think everyone should love...  well, a plant that every plant nerd should love at the very least.

So let me tell you about Lenophyllum texanum:
Lenophyllum texanum (aka Texas Sedum, Coastal Stonecrop, Sedum texanum, or Villadia texana) is a Texas native that I purchased last year at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center spring sale. This is a succulent with an herb-like habit.

It's SUPPOSED to bloom in the summer, but mine bloomed all winter. It's also supposed to be 8" tall and 4" wide, but mine's the opposite and sprawls a bit like a lazy mint. I can chalk that up to it receiving more shade than what it would probably enjoy.

There are only 7 species within the genus (Family: Crassulacaea), and this is the only species that appears on Dave's Garden. The genus was named in 1904 by J. N. Rose, and its status as a genus separate from Sedum or Villadia is a matter of discussion. Again, it seems to be another plant, much like the Leuchtenbergia principis, that's difficult to place within a taxonomy.
 
 

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Koosie (author)2010-05-24

I've got a bamboo shoot that I've had for around 5 years.  Stays permanently indoors so it hasn't grown that much. 

What it has done is grown sideways/skew because of how it stands in the jar of water.  I'll try to get a pic of it later.

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AngryRedhead (author)Koosie2010-05-24
Well, bamboo likes full sun generally, so being indoors all the time probably won't produce much.  Why don't you take it outside when the weather's good?
 

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Koosie (author)AngryRedhead2010-08-05

Aha, I finally got the picture! As you can see, it grew upstraight from the angle I put it in. I started putting it in sideways because it became to big for the previous "vase" but is too short for this one. So I put it in sideways so only the roots are in the water. I turn it around every now and then. I'm trying to get it to grow like a corkscrew :->

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AngryRedhead (author)Koosie2010-08-05

Ahhhhh, now I see the problem. Your plant is commonly called "Lucky Bamboo", but it's Dracaena sanderiana and not a bamboo at all.  It likes shade, and if you're wanting to put some good growth on it, try putting it in a shady location outside if you have any.  I like to give my houseplants a breather during the summer to get big and lush - my pothos is looking quite fab after being outside for the past 4-5 months.  I have a terrible time keeping them alive all year round unless they're in a terrarium.  Even then they don't put on a tremendous amount of growth.

To get the corkscrew shape, you'll have to train the fresh young growth around a pole of some sort (e.g., dowel rod or an actual piece of bamboo).

Hope it helps!  Thanks for sharing!  Patch on the way!

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Koosie (author)AngryRedhead2010-08-06

Awesome! Thanks for the patch! Interesting info about the plant. I always thought it was a "special" bamboo :-)

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Koosie (author)AngryRedhead2010-08-05

I did that once and the leaves burned in the sun (It gets very hot here). I cut them off but you can still see the brown bits. Since then I've been putting it in a sunny window with no direct sunlight and it seems to like that.

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Kryptonite (author)2010-05-22

Possibly later: my corn.

It's the only bit of the garden that's mine, and I get to eat the first one of the season.

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AngryRedhead (author)Kryptonite2010-05-24
What kind of corn?  Got a picture?
 

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Kryptonite (author)AngryRedhead2010-05-25

...I don't actually know!

My camera's lost at the moment, so pic might be a little bit in the coming. Remind me next week, and I will have probably found it.

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Lithium Rain (author)2010-05-24

I had a pretty Dionaea muscipula (venus flytrap). I named him Sigmund. He loved flies. Loved loved loved 'em. He threw up the dried up yukky fly bits after he ate, that's how cool he was. Sigmund unfortunately died (I think I let him dry out...I thought he was hibernating and forgot all about him). 

RIP SIGMUND

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rhysc7 (author)2010-05-23

my faviorte plant is my venius fly trap but they dont live long

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AngryRedhead (author)rhysc72010-05-24
They'll live as long as you take good care of them, but it helps if you buy them from a reputable nursery to start off with.  Big box garden centers are notorious for selling venus fly traps that will crap themselves very quickly.
 

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Jayefuu (author)2010-05-21

This is a quick picture I took of my very small backgarden. It's about 4m x 4m. There are runner beans, coriander, parsley, salad leaves, courgettes, peas, chilies and tomatoes in the picture. Out of the shot I have more lettuce, chives, thyme, bay and rosemary. Not bad for such a small garden I hope!

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AngryRedhead (author)Jayefuu2010-05-24
Do you have one in particular you'd like to talk about?  :-)
 

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Ninzerbean (author)2010-05-15

 I bought my buddy here Epiphyllum Anguliger or RIck Rack Cactus, 28 years ago at a garage sale for $3. At the time it seemed a bit expensive for a garage sale plant but I had never seen anything like it so I splurged.

One day about 8 years ago it became covered with hairy growths about 4 inches long and I figured it was a goner, then about a week later I was passing by it at night and could not believe the flowers all over it - as big as saucers, at least 6 inches across! If I had not walked by it at night I would never have known it did such a wonderful thing. Since then I have sold "legs" of it at my annual garage sale for $3 each or 2 or $5 and I am sure I have made hundreds of dollars from it. 

I frequently give it away to anyone who comes over to the house - I even gave some to some people who live in Alaska. This plant likes full sun, partial sun, full shade and partial shade, it likes to be wet and it doesn't mind being dry. It likes fertilizer and it doesn't mind if you forget to feed it for years. I love this guy and he has been very good to me, in fact there are hanging baskets of this cactus all around the outside of my house as I am constantly cutting off "legs" and sticking them into other pots.

Thank you AR, for giving me an opportunity to give this guy his due.

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AngryRedhead (author)Ninzerbean2010-05-17
Because of this post, I now have one after finding one at a nursery.
 

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Ninzerbean (author)AngryRedhead2010-05-17

 Wow! That is the best compliment ever!

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KentsOkay (author)2010-05-12

 I am horrendously fond of my Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperisomething something  Wonka, Willy). PIcked up my first one many a year ago at Red Barn. Didn't do to well, my peppermint put the hurt on it and smothered it. Got another just recently, likes some shade from the (Texas) afternoon sun, seems to do well as long as it doesn't get crowded. But those bits are unimportant. Here is the awesome part. It SERIOUSLY tastes like mint chocolate. Is awesome candied and/or as tea

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AngryRedhead (author)KentsOkay2010-05-13
I had a couple, but they've died due to heat and drought.  Out of all the mints I planted, there's only 1 Lavender Mint that's really taken off.

Got a picture of it?
 

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KentsOkay (author)AngryRedhead2010-05-13

 Not on me, but I'll take one. I had a peppermint be wildly successful in full sun, I just watered it every other day.

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AngryRedhead (author)KentsOkay2010-05-17
Looking forward to the pic!
 

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-05-13

I posted about one of my favorite plants a couple years ago. Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, which loosely translated means unshaped phallus with the peony leaves.  It hasn't come back this year, I'm a little worried, we had the coldest winter in recorded history this year......  


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Amorphophallus is on my list of plants to have, but I'm holding out for a titanum.
 

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