Black flowering container memorial plant

Saycats(8)May 26, 2012

I lost my childhood cat last week, and am looking for a plant to get as a memorial. She was all black so I am looking to get something I can grow in a container, pref. flowering, that either has all black foliage or a black flower, and am looking for suggestions for such plants.

Living in Seattle, a couple of my favorite suggestions so far have been a black iris and a black canna, and was curious as to the relative ease of growing either of these two in pots (probably indoors as I am in college and will be doing apartment living for a while) and I would like to be able to keep it going year after year if possible. So suggestions for good plants that fit this bill or advice

on which (if either) of those plants would good for that would be much appreciated!

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I am so sorry for the loss of your childhood cat :(
What a lovely idea to make a living memorial for years to come. I don't have any suggestions but I have a warning. If you hope to have this plant for years and you think you might get another cat someday in the future, I would make sure that it is something which is non-toxic to cats.

Irises are toxic to cats. Black caLLa lilies are toxic to cats. My friend who's a vet warns people that all true lilies are horribly toxic. I know many people have had lilies in the house with cats and not had a problem, but she seen cats who just took a taste brought to the edge of death. (

Black caNNa lilies are not true lilies and are non-toxic to cats. The canna lilies with deep purple black foliage with red flowers could be beautiful (

Once again, I am so sorry for your loss!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 12:32AM
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Thanks for your post Apple - that is a very good point and I can't figure how it didn't cross my mind! As bulbs go I think I might look more into the cannas then.

I did have another idea supplied by my family that I should make a new plant from a big japanese maple we have in our yard that she used to love to sit under, and that we as kids loved to play under. I have to say I really like this idea but have zero experience with grafting (am not a beginner gardener but am a newb to many more advanced techniques). Will move this over in the maples forum as well as the topic has shifted but would like to ask here in case anyone was following this post if grafting from a very, very old (was huge when we moved here 16 years ago) Japanese maple (unsure of the cultivar) would be impossible/frustratingly difficult. From my research on the subject the process seems straightforward and largely up to just getting one of the graftings to take. I had thought to go find a seedling maple at the local nursery and keep it until winter, which is when I'm told is the best time to graft (or could I do it even now?)

I assume the idea is not to let the seedling/rootstock get too big before you graft it, but I'd love to have a tree to care for in the meantime before I graft - if I got a seedling now, would it be too long to wait until winter to graft? I've read that late summer is also an option, unless my sources are just completely incorrect.

Thanks again for advice!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 1:07PM
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