What's looking Exotic in 2023

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    A couple of photos of 'hot' bed plants near the pool...
    Had to look at the label for this, which reads Dicliptera sub erecta. Probably better known as Justicia or Jacobinia. It disappeared last winter but is doing well now
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    and Caesalpinia gilliesii

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      In the conservatory.
      Orange bougainvillea.
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      This bougie starts off yellow in bud then pinky, pale yellow and finally white.
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      Occasionally it produces a bicoloured flower.
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        I'm chuffed to find a volunteer Ricinus coming up in a neglected bit of the garden, I spread some of my home made compost here and this has come up like a weed.
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          @JWK that was a happy accident! :dbgrtmb: I suppose you will lift it to put somewhere else.
           
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            Glad you brought that up @Balc as I was going to leave it there as not much space elsewhere. The ricinus I've grown from seed and other exotic poisonous and spikey plants are tucked away at the backs of borders so grandchildren can't reach them. This position can be reached by little ones so really I need to move it, better safe than sorry.

            I understand the seeds are the worst but are all parts of it poisonous too? Even touching it and licking your fingers?
             
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              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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              I had one come up last year like that and it's been a good few years since I've grown them, so the seed must have laid dormant for a while, possibly in my compost bin as I emptied it last year, first time in about 6yrs.
               
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                As I understand it, the toxicity is real but there's never any mention of the processing/ extraction that has to take place before there's a risk. As you say, though, better to be safe than sorry where children are concerned.
                 
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                  Gloriosa rothschildiana. Has anyone tried growing it from seed? It's the first year that I've succeeded in getting one to flower and wondered whether to let the seed pods continue to form or whether to dead-head :)
                   
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                    Not me, I have given up with them as they only flowered late and briefly, hardly any reward for a lot of tlc. Sounds like you have a good chance of getting seed if they are flowering now. Your hotter summer suits them better than here.
                     
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                      @noisette47
                      I grew mine from seed it took a couple of years to flower. It lives in the greenhouse, dry in winter.
                      Haven't tried leaving for seed head to develop.
                      This was mine a couple of weeks ago.
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                        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                        I grew them years ago but could only get decent results in the green house.
                        I think I had a variety called rothscilidana or something similar.
                        Edit, just noticed that is the one you have @noisette47:biggrin: is that a variety or species name. :scratch:
                        I was looking at some seed the other day and nearly bought it, but resisted. :biggrin:

                        @NigelJ your plant looks more robust than I ever managed to get it .
                        I ended up with lots of small tubers that were not up to flowering size, so I bit the bullet and dumped them.
                         
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                          A climber I am trying this year is Canarina canariensis.
                          It's supposed to be summer dormant and flowers in the winter, it obviously thinks it's winter, and who can blame it, as the seedlings are still growing and hopefully forming tubers.
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                            Not really exotic, Agapanthus Windsor Grey.
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                              You'd think so, John, but I've never had any success with them before :biggrin: They were supposed to be the stars of my big terrace pots last year but only one tuber out of five survived. In fact it survived in the old, dry compost in the pot outside! It's going great guns now so I'll let one pod mature and see what the seeds produce...
                               
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                                I just checked..it's Gloriosa superba var. Rothschildiana. I think you've hit the nail on the head about tuber size. If mine can build up a really big tuber this year it should overwinter reliably as long as I resist the temptation to water it too much too early :)
                                 
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