Id of plant please

wormixJune 28, 2013

Hi,

In my office we have a number of plants dotted around the building. One of them hasd a colleague absolutely obsessed and i fear he is going to steal it any day now if i cant find out what it is.

Can anyone help - photo attached.

It looks a lot like a coconut, but has multiple stems, with only one large leaf at the end of each stem. Also not coconut at the bottom.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
Gareth

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subtropix

It's the classic Aspidistra (Cast-Iron plant of Victorian times). Beginning to be sold again after decades of unavailability. Quite cold hardy too btw. I planted mine outside a few years ago, where this subtropical evergreen is fine with winter snow and ice. Below zone 7, better as a 'houseplant'.

This post was edited by njoasis on Fri, Jun 28, 13 at 7:12

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 7:06AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Agreed. That plant looks very nice. Whenever I see these in people's yards, they are usually yellow/brown, ratty - if I'm equating your plant with the same landscape entities.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:22AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I've heard of people spraypainting them green when they die....crazy huh? lol

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 1:27PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

No more crazy than painting the roses red!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 1:50PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

LOL Good point! :)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 2:06PM
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birdsnblooms

Who paints roses? And why? lol

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 4:33PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hi Toni!

My guess would be the people selling them do it to "pretty" them up or something,thereby making them harder to resist for the buyer. I remember seeing the most incredibly BLUE phal orchids at the grocer's plant section,and my reaction was "that just CAN'T be right". So I visited briefly with the salesperson and she told me they'd been airbrushed.

Sneaky! :)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 9:49AM
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birdsnblooms

Worm...Your office plant, Aspidistra/Cast Iron is one of the nicest I'd ever seen.

It looks tall. What's its height?

Hey Asleep. I've seen painted and glittered Poinsettias and Orchids at HD...HD is doing the same with succulents. Absurd.
Regarding roses, they don't need a paint brush. Each rose has its own special color.
Wouldn't paint, or whatever they use, harm a plant?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:51AM
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wormix

Hi, thanks for all your replies - much appreciated.

It is a nice plant - I think that's why Paolo in the office keeps threatening to steal it! its around 1.2m tall.

Ta

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:58AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Wormix, they are easy to find in this part of the US but I've never shopped for plants abroad. Has your coworker looked for one?

Toni, the queen is painting the roses red (or ordering that such be done) in Alice in Wonderland, a classic literary reference (chapter 8) that has found its' way into popular lexicon as a metaphor about life.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 11:46AM
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