plants with mystical names ... that are useless ...

ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5January 17, 2013

in the Chinese lanterns post.. i suggested that there are a host of plants.. with the most whimsical names.. that conjure all kinds of pictures in your mind... the plant being otherwise totally useless and in the extreme ... a horrid plant ... or a plant on a death march ....

for example ...

tree of heaven ... who wouldnt want a plant with a name like that ... besides the fact that it is invasive everywhere ...

and CLanterns.. visions of pagodas.. and lush landscapes ... and literally invasive ...

there was another.. and i blanked out .. coffee kicked in ...

i mean really.. at least something like that horrible pokeweed .. doesnt want to make you keep it.. because the name is so romantic.. lol .... [and where in the heck did that name come from??? .. wonder what poke is in regional dialect .. i bet one of you wont let me down .. lol]

oh.. i have another.. belladonna .. what a cool sounding name ... besides the fact that it is poisonous in every aspect ... and has cool looking berries that attract young children ..

oh.. and jacobs ladder.. the road to your salvation... on a plant that is extremely hard to grow [especially the variegated one.. as compared to the blue one].. and short lived.. and frustrated the heck out of most of us.. before we gave up on it ... lol ...

it has something to do with buying a 'name' ... what names have you bought repeatedly.. for no other reason than to watch them die over and over ... or take over your whole yard ...

ken

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

Chocolate vine is a ridiculously romantic name for a nasty exotic invasive, Akebia quinata. I always wanted one until I visited Glasshouse Works and saw it smothering their property, utility poles, all of the other trees, a barn...

Heavenly bamboo is a complete misnomer for that fugly Nandina stuff.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 9:35AM
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Campanula UK Z8

ah, but 'Love in the Mist (Nigella damascena - only a real curmudgeon could complain.........and on the other hand - 'Stinking Gladwyn' (Iris foetidissima) - language is wonderful

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 12:56PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

ok.. stinking gladwyn made me laugh of loud.. and now i have spit all over the monitor... one might call it a juicy gaffaw .. lol .. thanks god i wasnt sipping coffee ...

anyone have this one.. i might want it.. just to force peeps to smell it.. lol ..

ken

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 5:12PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Hi Ken - it doesn't actually stink that much. If you tear a leaf across it smells of burned roast beef. It self seeds in my garden and is useful because it grows in dry shade. Unusually for an Iris the seeds are bright orange berries which persist in winter.

Here I go again - being didactic and serious. Never mind - you know I can't resist.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 5:51AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

nummy.. well done roast beef ...

i could plant some onion and garlic nearby...

and something remiscent of rye..

and when i trod thru.. a roast beef on rye ...nummy ...

anything smell like mayo???

but i digress ...

ken

ps: love in the mist.. one of the most invasive re-seeders i have ever owned.... i swear 10 years later.. i still get rouge old seed sprouting..

it was planted near mallow.. same as the above ... i just cant be done with them ...

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 7:20AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I repeat - BURNED roast beef.:-)

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 1:19PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you havent seen how mom cooked ... nothing like that burnt sunday RB .... ROTFLMBO ...

ahhh .. the childhood memories ...

ken

ps: actually its a joke .. moms RB was to die for ....

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 2:07PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Poke in Appalachia means a bag-- as in "never buy a pig in a poke." (you can't see what you're buying.) But what that has to do with pokeweed, I don't know.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 6:39AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

why do they put pigs in bags??? ..

and then offer them for sale... its all so confusing ...

are we talking paper bag.. or plastic grocery bag .???....

so many questions.. so little time ....

ROTFLMBO..

ken

ps: and how big is this pig ...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:35AM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I thought poke meant jail...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:42AM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

I was curious what the origin of the common name was - see link below... It's from the native name Pokan for a red-juiced plant used for a stain or dye. The juice was commonly used by early settles as ink, and I found several references that said your Constitution was written with poke juice as ink!

Pokey is the word for jail see:

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=37290

Here is a link that might be useful: Pokeweed common name origin

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 11:43AM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Ah, it's a shame I haven't had time to check in here for awhile, I've been missing some great entertainment. I see the winter doldrums are setting in. Ken, how can you not love nigella (Love in a Mist)? It sounds as though you prefer its other name, Devil in a Bush. No argument from me on the Chinese Lantern though. How about Lily of the Valley, doesn't that conjure up lovely images, until it shows up in the middle of something or should say everything else.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 10:17PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Ever get money from a money plant?

Peace from your peace lily?

Naked ladies (Lycoris) - I don't think many men are expecting to be shown red or pink flowers after hearing this name.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 3:32PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Naked Ladies LOLLOLLOL!!!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 9:48PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Ooops dummy me - double post...

You'd think we were taking about naked MEN...

This post was edited by mxk3 on Fri, Jan 25, 13 at 22:27

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 9:52PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Following mxk3's train of thought...

Family Jewels Plant ;-] Enough said.
CMK

This post was edited by christinmk on Fri, Jan 25, 13 at 23:05

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:30PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Now that's a difficult one to top!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 11:08PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I probably shouldn't take this any further than it's already gone, but to continue on a theme I did grow a nice hairy balls plant last summer.
They were a little exposed in the front yard so maybe next year I'll try growing them in the backyard where it's a little more private. Don't want people staring.

Here is a link that might be useful: don't google this youself... safe images of HB plant

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 12:31PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

All it takes is a little inspiration to look, and, sure enough, such a thing exists as a plant of erectile approximation, of course to be planted between every other of Kato's plants. Probably not mystical unless you're a nun, but seems the natural next progression here.

DH, who usually has nothing but reactionary input, will get ideas for a theme garden, an ode to testosterone, if I show him this discussion!

In recognition that I've taken this too far already, #3, Buddha's hand is mystifying! Although following this link may lead to a vicious circle. Click at your own risk, and you may not consider it rated G.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 1:32PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

No, Hairy Balls tops Family Jewels - especially if the Hairy Balls are planted next to the Naked Ladies!

I laughed out loud at Kato's link - I think it takes some balls to wear that SHIRT LOL!

This post was edited by mxk3 on Sat, Jan 26, 13 at 15:10

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 3:03PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

I'm pretty sure that Hairy Balls and Family Jewels are the same plant but I digress....ROFL!!!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:52PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how did we go ... from me asking why they bag pigs.. to everything that followed after it???

winter doldrums ???? .. lol

anyway.. love in a mist.. prolific reseeder .. i killed it 10 years ago.. after a two year run ... I AM STILL GETTING SEEDLINGS ... HATE is not a strong enough term ...

ken

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 8:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Oops, sorry, you're right, Ken. The names are supposed to be useless, not accurate...

And I think it's safe to say almost everyone is completely garden-bored!

Lucky bamboo - it's definitely not bamboo. Has it brought anyone luck?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 11:25AM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Hey, you did say "useless"! You didn't didn't say in what way, LOL. Only one that might find those Family Jewels/Hairy Balls (yes, one in the same plant) useful is the lady-version of that plant ;-)
CMK

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 3:23PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

It's still a long time until spring. How low can we go?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:06PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i GW searched pokeweed.. and came across this brilliance...

anyone have anything ON TOPIC ... lol .. to add ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 7:08PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

That whole thread had me snorting.

Ken, mayo with roast beef on rye? Don't ever step foot inside a NYC deli, you'll be laughed out of the place.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 8:52PM
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eclecticcottage(6b wny)

Red Birds In A Tree....Sounds a lot nicer than it is, well, unless you somehow manage to keep it alive.

Tickseed doesn't sound appealing.

Lol...naked ladies...I have some...this is the first year...and sure enough, I just found them flowering...So I said aloud "hey, there's some of those naked ladies"....got DH's attention QUICKLY.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 11:26PM
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wieslaw59

Quote:

"Now that's a difficult one to top!"

It is a VERY EASY one to top in Latin(imho):

RUBUS COCKBURNIANUS ( Rub-us cock-burn-i-anus)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 7:54AM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

RUBUS COCKBURNIANUS ( Rub-us cock-burn-i-anus)

LOL!!!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 8:33AM
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