what is this plant??

lizzierouxMarch 17, 2014

It is so beautiful and it grows very fast!
Has these shoots that come out all around the plant from the stalk (?) It get's roots fast in water.
Any help with ID is apprecieted.
THX! :)

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Guessing it's a Callisia fragrans.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 3:40PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Purpleinopp would know, it is probally in the spiderwort family....Callisia fragrans is my guess/choice

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 3:41PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Sorry Pirate we posted in a 1 minute difference.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 3:42PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Wow, didn't know that plant could get this big, if that's what it is, Callisia fragrans. The size makes me hesitate to say so for sure. Is it several feet tall? Does it have tiny white fragrant blooms at the top of the stalk things?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 5:57PM
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lizzieroux

Thank you for the responses.
The plant in already over 2 feet tall and it is still growing.
I have not seen any flowers on the plant, but maybe they will cme on the two long shoots that sprung up just a couple of days ago.
I will google the callisia fragrans.

thanks again !

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 1:04AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Cool! Hope you'll be able to add a pic of the flower things (assuming we're on the right track.) Do sniff them too, I think they smell heavenly.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 5:37PM
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lizzieroux

Almost ready to burst open with flowers!

Can't w ait to smell them!

I have given about 4 of these cuttings, and already one person called to say they have a new plant growing!

It grows over night~

:)

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 8:59PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I just want to sit there!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 8:52AM
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emerald1951

Hi...what a great plant...
can't wait to see the flowers....
is it possible to trade cuttings, are you looking for something, maybe I have it and we could do a trade...linda

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 5:08PM
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lizzieroux

No problem with sending some plant-letts! Just tell me how to do it so they are fresh & alive when you get them :)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 12:07AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I've mailed chunks of this plant to several people with great results. Due to its' succulent nature, it can survive for many days out of soil and/or water. Wrap pieces loosely in newspaper, stolons/runners are the easiest I think since there's no dirt/roots to worry about. The red circles show where the roots are ready to form - as said above - as soon as they hit a pot'o'dirt. Though I don't put it in the soil, I usually leave the long part attached, just so there's more moisture from that for the plantlet to draw on until it forms its' new roots. Once you see roots have formed, that can be removed.

Within continental US, a box should only take 2 days via postal service. A flirt with near-frost won't bother this plant, but you'd want to make sure it's well above freezing at both ends to make sure it goes well (Z4 - yikes!)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 7:01AM
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emerald1951

Hi..I would love a start of this plant..I sent you a e-mail..
linda

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 8:53AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Caught the flowers open this morning on mine. The tags won't stay under that rug, but it says not to remove...

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:53AM
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lizzieroux

purpleinopp,
How does your plants stay so green?
I would love to try some and keep them green, although I love the colors. Do you think it is the amount of sun/shade?
The flowers are beautiful on your plants. I am posting my progress thus far. Mine have not opened all the way.
Thx

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:29PM
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lizzieroux

Love the colors!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:33PM
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lizzieroux

The flowers keep shooting up!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:35PM
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lizzieroux

The flowers keep shooting up!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:37PM
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lizzieroux

The flowers keep shooting up!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:39PM
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lizzieroux

Flowers up close

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:46PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Purple, finally a picture! They behaved long enough lol. Eh, I cut tags off all the time.

Planto

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 7:00PM
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emerald1951

Hi all....Lizzynola was so kind to send me a few plantlets..
and here is a picture of them, happy and growing...
thank you again....linda

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 12:39PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hey this is cool! Didn't notice the pics of the bloom stalks when originally posted. And love to hear about a gift that traveled well!

Looks great - to both!!

Have you caught the flowers open for some sniffing, Lizzy?

When in more sun, the purple colors show up. After being in the house all winter, mine had gone completely green. Here's a pic from a few days ago. After being outside for a few weeks, it's getting some purple again.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 1:05PM
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lizzieroux

Purpleinopp,

Those plant look really beautiful.
I will try some in a more shaded area and even in the house..
Again, everyone who sees them wants a cutting. :)
Thx

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 7:15PM
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lizzieroux

Linda,

I am amazed at how well they look!

Healthy & green, so they must have loved the travel and final destination LOL!

Be prepared to give away cuttings (you will have plenty) because everyone will want them.

Good luck~
Lizzy

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 7:19PM
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lizzieroux

HELP!!!
Does anyone know what the name of this plant is?
Succulent or Cactus?
Went outside this am and there it was in this tiny silver plant holder.
Thanks for any ID help

    Bookmark   September 25, 2014 at 7:15PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Epiphyllum of some sort. :)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2014 at 9:54PM
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lizzieroux

THANKS!!! (asleep In The Garded)
You are right, it is commonly called Orchid Cactus.
Someone from another group gave me the info.
Can't believe this has been growing in a lil pot all this year, and I never gave it much thought. It actually flowers.
Now, I will re-pot it into a larger pot, but not oo large because they say it loves to be crowded.
Thanks again for your response :)

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 12:14PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, the flowers are mostly why people are so interested in these strange looking plants. It doesn't like to be crowded, though such a condition may help prevent these plants from root rot when in the confines of a pot.

Growing in nature like the holiday cactus pictured below, Epiphyllums are epiphytic plants from rainforest jungle. They need tons of moisture *and* air around their roots. Roots need oxygen and moisture at the same time to function, and some plants, like epiphytes, have roots that rot even more easily if there is moisture but not oxygen. This kind of rotting is called overwatering.

The texture/small particle size of most stuff called potting soil can easily become airless, as it compacts, decomposes into smaller bits, and roots fill the tiny spaces where air used to be. If the soil is fluffy/chunky/airy/porous, and excess water can escape through a drain hole, pot size is irrelevant. You can help plants out by adding a significant amount of perlite to potting soil, using cactus soil, and possibly adding a little more perlite to that too, they're not all the same.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 1:18PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

LOL No problem Lizzy!

Happy to have helped. :)

...and ditto what Purp said!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 3:22PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

LOL!!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 8:23AM
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lizzieroux

Thanks Purpleinopp!!!

I am re-potting it today.
Can't wait to see what it does in a larger pot. I also have cactus potting soil , and will take your advice.
I will post photos as it grows/flowers.
I love the mystery! :)
THANKS again folks!
I

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 2:28PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Miss Lizzy, time for show'n'tell, and to extend more admiration for your growing of this plant in a pot. This discussion inspired me to put some of this plant in the ground for summer, and WOW, they do get so much bigger when they're really happy - as yours obviously are.

I didn't mean to pull this piece out of the ground yet while harvesting more reasonably-sized pieces to share with others for postage reimbursement, but ended up with it in my hand anyway. I can't wait to see the bloom on this big mama in a few months!

Thank you,
Tiffany

    Bookmark   October 16, 2014 at 11:41AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

For kicks, something different this winter, I put my main mass of this on a trellis for now...

    Bookmark   November 11, 2014 at 2:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Noticed the 1st bloom stalk of the season forming.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2015 at 8:51AM
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lizzieroux

Hello folks!

Long time since I posted, but wanted to show the plant's progress Lol. Yes, it is time for show & tell :)
I planted these about 5 months ago, and they now cascade over the wall. I love them!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 4:08PM
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lizzieroux

Here is the plant this year 2015.
I have given about 25 cutting from this mother plant, and everyone sends word that their plants are doing well and growing fast. :)
purpleinopp, thank you for the trellis suggestion. I have some growing on an east wall and I will use a trellis. I think they will look beautiful!
I am posting another plant that is beautiful with strong, thick leaves. It is now in bloom (see photo), and I still have no idea what it is.
Happy New Year everyone! 2015

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 4:20PM
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lizzieroux

Closeup of new plantlets! The deep purple is really pretty.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 4:27PM
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lizzieroux

Have no clue!
Thought it may be succulent but can find no photos of it.
It has now sprouted lil bell like things. Can't wait to see what it does next.
Anyone have a clue?/
Thx

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 4:47PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Lizzy, your Callisia plants look fantastic! Love the cascading over the wall part! Tons of bloom stalks are in the last new pic of it. TY for the awesome update!

The other plant looks like a Kalanchoe, maybe K. porlifica? I'm glad it has a security system. You wouldn't want anyone getting any nefarious ideas about your pretty plant! :+)
- Tiffany

    Bookmark   January 26, 2015 at 7:05AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Over the past month, the one flower stalk (so far) has grown a lot.

Lizzy, I see you have a new name since the change. Hope u & your plants r doing well!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2015 at 6:51AM
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lizzieroux

LOL!@ purpleinopp! Actually, I had been GW for so many years with one name and Houzz for years with another, so when the merge came! LOL! LOL! I think I will change it :)

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

So, does that mean you've been healed of a schizophrenia? Either way, heythere!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2015 at 11:14AM
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