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What's looking Exotic in 2023

Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 1, 2023.

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  1. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Now I remember, I had a feeling Rothchildiana was a variety rather than the species, and I do wonder if its a more fussy version of the type, as I remember many years ago, on this site, someone showing a really quite large flowering one going up a trellis outside, in the UK.

    I had reasonable sized tubers for a few years but it was just going backwards all the time, I had lots of tubers but all small.

    Which is why I was thinking of the seeds I saw the other day.:smile:
     
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    • Victoria

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      July of 2009 I had this but only for a couple of years ...
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      It is a Rothschildiana as I still have the label.
      I have tried with seed a couple of times since, not surprisingly with no success.
       
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        Hunting around, found this from 1992:biggrin: as a scan, its climbing through a grapefruit plant I had at the time. Gloriosa 92.jpg

        The flowers seem to change colour as they age.
         
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          The flowers do change colour as they age darkening and becoming a uniform colour before losing the petals.
           
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            I had a look on Wikipedia & thee is some mention of the toxicity of the seeds but it seems you need to eat about 8 seeds before they will actually poison you!

            Ricinus - Wikipedia
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            • JWK

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              The slugs have made the decision for me. Obviously not bothered by the toxicity!

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                :yikes: how very dare they!
                 
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                  Seen in Selsey today
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                  • pete

                    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                    That's a good one John.
                    Wonder if I'll live long enough to see mine do that.
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                      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                      Got a feeling my Musella lasiocarpa is about to flower, the leaves are getting really small and the stem is thickening.
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                        Ah but don't forget....it'll die after flowering...:whistle: ;)
                         
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                          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                          Narr, it dont, not like some do.:roflol:
                          Its got a forest of pups all around it already, but I'm not sure I want to carry on with it after flowering, you know how it is, been there done that.:roflol:
                           
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                            Not mine unfortunately but a good size Albizia Summer Chocolate in Weymouth in flower. Difficult to get a decent view of it.
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                              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                              They are always best when viewed from above I think or from a distance.
                              The flowers are a darker colour than mine, to be expected I suppose.
                               
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                                Allamanda ...
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