Another new plant - but what is it?

greybird_kekeFebruary 14, 2013

A friend gave me this plant today, and she couldn't remember the name of it...but the mother plant was growing in a hanging basket, and this was one of several pups that were hanging down sort of like spider plants. Anyone know what it is? Thanks!

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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Bromeliad.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 5:56PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

I believe with your description of the pups as hanging like baby spider plants, it could be Callisia fragrans. The link below has a photo of one with pups that are hanging like baby spider plants. The second photo down is the one I'm referring to.

Planto

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to GW Post with Callisia fragrans photo

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 6:37PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I too was going to say Callisia (or Tradescantia of some kind). If one looks at the inner crown area of the plant, it's a similar growth habit to Tradescantias & Callisias. I believe C. fragrans has baby plantlets on stolons like a Spider plant. Fun plants, can be fast growers even indoors, as I experienced. Nice find, enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 7:20PM
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greybird_keke

Thanks for the help everyone, after looking at the photos I'm sure it must be Callisia fragrans. I found that it is also called "false bromeliad", too!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 7:54PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Greybird,
Sure thing! Hopefully yours will make lots of babies down the road so you'll have something to share with your friends. :)

Planto

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 8:05PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think Callisia fragrans too but can you show a pic from the side?

Hopefully you will get some flowers on it sometime. Not much to look at but the smell is incredible!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

If that's what it is, it's a wild plant that will invade your other pots if it gets a chance. I think you'll want to put it in a hanging basket very soon because stolons will start shooting out the sides. Soon after that, you'll be foisting pieces of it on people, insisting they take it 'cuz you're running out of room.

Truly an Audrey.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 10:03AM
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eahamel(9a)

It looks a lot like this Tradescantia. Hard to find. I had some growing in a large pot outside but a very hard freeze we had 3 winters ago killed it. It will get really big if you let it. It's definitely not a bromeliad.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 1:08PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Eahamel, that's Callisia fragrans.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 2:32PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

The stolons can make more stolons. Just remembered this pic looking through my pics.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 3:21PM
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123Greta(9b)

Lucky you! I love this plant. Sure wish I had one. Enjoy it!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:33PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I'd be happy to send this plant to anyone interested, for the postage or trade.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:15AM
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