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Plant ID Please
updated: May 08, 2014, 7:40 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is?

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 COMMENT 517588 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 07:53 PM

Heather of some sort - just saw it in Trader Joe's this morning.


 COMMENT 517589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 08:01 PM

Is that fancy medical marijuana everyone is talking about? Looks pretty...


 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 08:10 PM

Yep...looks like a foxglove cousin - gotta be in same family - I could key it with MUNZ but too tired and lazy tonite.


 COMMENT 517609 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 10:00 PM

I think 589 is right, just look at the bottom it's, a growing pot...


 COMMENT 517614P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 11:46 PM

I'd agree with heather. Genus name is Erica.


 COMMENT 517615P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-08 11:49 PM

Justicia carnea. Brazilian plume flower. I only know this because a friend posted a photo on Fbook and I asked her what it was called.

Glad to pass this on. I want one for my garden.


 COMMENT 517617P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 12:02 AM

Complete retraction of my post of 15 minutes earlier. It's not what I thought. It is Pink Heather.


 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 06:50 AM

I can't remember the name, but saw them at Trader Joe's. Spectacular! Yes, Pink Heather.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 08:23 AM

Beautiful! I'd guess they may sell out at TJs after so many people on Edhat know about it. Thanks for the picture.


 COMMENT 517673P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 08:38 AM

So...Justicia is a tropical plant with thick leathery leaves and tall plumes of 1 1/2-2" flowers. Better get out that Munz.

It is a type of Erica verticillata, I believe, from So. Africa, with very large flowers for the genus as a whole It would do best with cool damp weather with even soil moisture and in slightly acid, sandy soil.

Remove the plastic pot cover whatever you do--and plant in morning sun with plenty of peat moss mixed into native soil or use an azalea camellia mix if you move to a slightly larger pot. (no more than 3" lgr. in dia) Don't allow to go dry at any time, nor to sit in a saucer of water for more than 5 minutes or so after watering. Feed with an acid plant food spring, summer, and early fall.



 COMMENT 517857 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 07:04 AM

Native relatives of this plant, manzanitas(Arctostaphylos genus), require little to no supplemental water, do not need special soil other than good drainage, have white to pink flowers and some of the most beautiful bark and trunk structure. Consider planting these instead and support your local nurseries and native plants.

And thanks to the previous poster for shedding light.


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