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Lesli
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Strange plant

Does anyone know what this plant is? My mother got it from a neighbor many years ago but I´ve never seen one anywhere else.

[img]https://img442.imageshack.us/img442/8215/bottlebrushplant.jpg[/img]


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lorax
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Hmmmm. The leaves say "Clivia" to me, but the flower heads aren't even close to right for that. :?

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Thanks for replying lorax, the leaves do resemble clivia but I´ve finally found it on Wikipedia..... , it´s called Haemanthus albiflos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haemanthus_albiflos

As it says in the link, they thrive on neglect...I water them once a month if I remember and they grow and multiply in their plant pots without any help at all. One is supposed to re- pot all the offspring but there are so many that I´d have no floor space left at all if I did so. One year I repotted some and the others I left in a plastic bag without soil in the garage because I felt bad about throwing them away, they were still alive and well months later!! Over watering seems to be the only thing they don´t like.

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Wow! That is a really handsome plant! Looks great with your home decor, it would also look great in a fancy interior decorating mag!
Tina Kozhuharov
www.botanicsonline.com

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Thanks Tina, if anyone is looking for a decorative but low care plant this is certainly a good choice :D

Do you grow your kale for consumption by the way or just for decoration?....I have some seeds but haven´t planted any yet....I´d really like to plant them in a container of some sort with a view to cannibalizing them eventually :shock:

Lesli

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