Beautiful duckling, ugly swan.

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Weekend Gardener, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    These seed pods, in my eyes, are plain ugly. Who would have known that these ugly swans arose out of some really beautiful and dainty flowers.


    But what is it?

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  2. Dee M.

    Dee M. Active Member 10 Years

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    Is it Phygelius capensis, Cape Fuchsia?
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Wrong continent, Dee. Try the large piece of real estate on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
     
  4. Dee M.

    Dee M. Active Member 10 Years

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    It's got to be Eccremocarpus scaber, Chilean Glory Vine or Flower. I won't have gotten in without the South American native clue. I knew I had seen it before but now I know why I couldn't place it, it was a long time ago that I grew it. It lived for a couple of years in my zone 7 garden before it succumbed to a bad winter. It would be a good one in a zone 8 garden and I might try it again in a protected spot again or I will mulch the tuberous roots better. The hummingbirds love it and it blooms for a long time.
     
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  5. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I thought Eccremocarpus right off, but checking photos online didn't seem to provide confirmation.
     
  6. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Eccremocarpus scaber.

    Dee is right on. And Ron too.

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