Guess what this is 27

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John

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Re: Guess what this is 27NOW SOLVED
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2012, 10:50:57 AM »
Pamela, no not yet and actually I don't have a stem shot but may take one later if needed!
Jorun, no to Lobelia!
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Re: Guess what this is 27
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2012, 12:56:11 AM »
OK Pamela here's a stem picture. You should get it now!
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Re: Guess what this is 27
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2012, 01:10:13 AM »
Still struggling with such a clue!
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2012, 09:14:06 PM »
The stem did not help me much.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2012, 11:50:46 PM »
It was supposed to help Pamela, not you!
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Re: Guess what this is 27
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2012, 10:30:11 AM »
What about Accanthus sennii.
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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2012, 09:08:24 PM »
I should have known you would get it. Yes, correct. A love(ly) shrub even if it is very vicious.
Though this potted plant flowered well the bracts died just as it came out which wasn't very attractive!

Typing error, the love shrub bit!
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Re: Guess what this is 27
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2012, 09:52:59 AM »
Wow, That's a super picture, John! (And I like your invention of this new gardening category, "love shrubs"....)
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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2012, 06:12:18 PM »
Just a minute, this is Acanthus senni, flowering in the MGS garden; it has pink/purple flowers and narrower leaves.
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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2012, 07:33:58 PM »
No I believe this one is Acanthus arborescens? Certainly not A. sennii.
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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2012, 10:29:17 AM »
The Sparoza plant's leaves are surely nothing like the leaves of Acanthus arboreus (syn. A arborescens). But I agree, its flowers don't seem nearly full enough for A. sennii. Does A. sennii vary very much?
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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2012, 11:21:58 AM »
OK A. arboreus. I'm sticking with that for now until proved something else. What do the Israeli experts think? It's also quite likely that they grow quite a range of these east African species in frost free areas.
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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2012, 08:03:48 PM »
I also think the Acantus in Sparozza is A. arboreus, surly not A. sennii.
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