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Let's see who has the most unusual plants in their gardens. Provide the genus, species, variety or cultivar (if one) a little about what is, and a picture if you have it. Everyone who has it in their garden is to comment as such and their view of it.

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My Plant's Weirder Than Yours! :D 7 Replies

Thought it would be fun to see what weirdness is out there in everyone's garden.  …Continue

Tags: unknown, plant, weird, kalanchoe, succulent

Started by Parisean. Last reply by Bonnie Hannum ~ Missouri, USA Nov 14, 2011.

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Comment by mo puff on February 6, 2013 at 11:34am

going to Ace to get bulbs!!

Comment by Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A on January 17, 2013 at 9:41am

Melissa, There are many, many species. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorphophallus the best source for me is from Plant Delights - see this and note two pages: http://www.plantdelights.com/searchprods.asp 

Comment by mo puff on January 17, 2013 at 8:23am

Willis, thank you for your guiidance @ commenting . These are such weird plants and i will try again, if i find bulbs at ACE where i found em last yr. This one is different than the first you showed, isnt it? How many species are there? I think they are PRIMO!

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on July 22, 2012 at 10:12am

Lyn, really unusual impatiens! I would love to have it also! Of course, our winters are not like your winters, so it would be an annual or a house plant! ;-D

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on July 21, 2012 at 11:20am
Thanks Grant & Willis. It is currently still in pot in side garden sheltered by a fence and shrubs. I wanted to see how it fared through its first winter here. It has grown quite tall and is still flowering sparsely, as I didn't realise until I read up on it, that it will flower all year round.
Yes Grant it has a few different names depending on where you live in the world. Is also known as Congo Cockatoo, African Queen or for those that like to spit out the botanical name 'Impatiens niamniamensis'
I will try to get some seeds from the dead heads so that I can start some more to give away. Will make a nice gift because it is so unusual and pretty.
Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on July 21, 2012 at 11:01am

Great impatiens, Lyn, I love it.  I'm sure it will do really well for you.  I've heard them called "cuckoo cockatoo impatiens" which seems really appropriate.  Keep us posted!  Happy gardening all!

Comment by Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A on July 21, 2012 at 7:37am

Lyn, thanks for sharing. Tis an unusual impatien and very appropo common name. Must remind you of some of your local parrots! It's hard to believe all of the continents were part of one big continent and now have the extreme varieties of flora and fauna that we do worldwide. Australia and New Zealand seem to take first place for plants that seem so different to the rest of us (well, perhaps throw Madagascar in there too).

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on July 20, 2012 at 10:56pm

http://www.garden-share.com/photo/parrot-impatiens?context=user

Willis, this is about the most unusual plant I have at present, the parrot impatiens. I bought it at a local street stall and recently saw another one that I wanted to own, but sadly I had my hands full of shopping bags etc and just couldn't carry another thing.  I have never seen them in nurseries/garden centres here.  Mine was grown by one of the old fellas in the Horticultural Society.

Winter time here, so not a lot of things in flower, but Spring is just around the corner thank goodness!!

Comment by Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A on July 19, 2012 at 6:38am

Welcome Lyn & Myrie. Show us some of your unusual plants please!? I think you'll see some very interesting ones posted by folks in the past here.

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 20, 2012 at 1:17pm

Thank you Grant. Now I've got to go finish my homework, that has nothing to do with succulents! (Darn it!)LOL!

 

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