I am not as formidable as I seem to be.......

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Weekend Gardener, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    I am all prickly, but I am not a cactus. No Siree!

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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Think annual. Think tall. Think fall.
     
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    Weedbender Active Member 10 Years

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    Looks like my last girlfriends legs !
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Weedbender, that's a hoot!

    I will post more pictures if there isn't any relevant suggestions by tomorrow.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    My first thought was that heavily armed nightshade (Solanum) that has been in garden centers in recent years, sounds like you are hinting as much - although it could just as well be something else, maybe a borage of some sort.
     
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    I was thinking of that Solanum too but it's not really annual, just not cold hardy here. Is that what you mean by annual?
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    This might help. MysteryPlant30Dec8.jpg
     
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    Nooooooo! I will have to think more.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Don't forget the blurry one in the background.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    It might actually be edible.....................if you are desperate!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Nephelium lappaceum fruit??? (I don't really think so, but can't think of anything else)
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    May be I am making things a bit too hard here. Wouldn't like to see you think so hard that your faces turn "purple"! So, this might help.

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    Amaranthus? I'm just guessing wildly now.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    I will narrow the options down drammatically - it's an ornmental grass.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, I don't know what it is, but I'm fairly certain the picture has been rotated clockwise by 90 degrees.
     
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    growest Active Member 10 Years

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    Hmmm...Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' ?

    No matter what, this was a great stumper!
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Growest knows! Congratulations! Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' it is. It is a variety of millet, hence the reference to food.

    To be honest, I thought I had been a bit tough with the skimpy cropped down pictorial clues. This one got up to 6 feet tall (okay, 6 feet minus the 12 inches of container), and magestic it was with full foliage. With that height and the drammatic burgundy foliage colour, it was a real standout. But as you can see, even at the end of it's life cycle, it is still eye catching and a bit of a conversation opener. And the birds are sure thankful for the bonus harvest.


    Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'
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    That was a good one. One of my first thoughts was a Red Fountain Grass but I realized it wasn't that. I guess I should have stayed on the grass track.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I thought it was supposed to be the stem of the plant, not the inflorescence. Now I see why the puffy balls below the bristles looked familiar, I have squinted at the inlflor
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Hit the 'submit' button by mistake, can't get 'edit' to work on this computer. Anyway I've looked at the millet up close many times, amazed at how homely this cultivar is. The seeds popping out beneath the hairs are vaguely repulsive.
     
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    I see my assessment of the shape of the water drops was wrong. Ah well. Excellent stumper!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Nightshade/borage (as in Boraginaceae) wouldn't have seeds coming out of the stems, either.
     

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