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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 5:36pm

Dallas, I ran across this article which confirms much of what you told us about Mexican petunia. At first I thought I might like it, but not if it so easily seeds. It grown in zone 5, if Dave's garden is correct, although he was describing Ruellia humilis, not Mexican petunia  (Ruellia brittoniana), which is on Category I list for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC).

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 11, 2012 at 8:07am

Dallas-  Is that your Mexican petunia growing so nicely?  I planted some a few years ago, and it isn't doing too well.  It looks healthy and flowers, but just never spread.  I'm guessing it doesn't get enough sun where it is.

The black bamboo is gorgeous.  They sell it at our local botanical garden (they have a bamboo sale every year).  I'll have to check it out and make sure it's a clumping variety.

I'm really enjoying all of your photos.

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 11:27pm
Joan .. Great website!
Dallas those are great photos!
Glad you guys figured it out! Awesome!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2012 at 10:40pm

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/708/

PlantFiles: Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Daven's Garden has a helpful "Pro" and "Con" section for each plant. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 10:20pm

I would love to read about those topics you mention Sentient about the chickens (wasn't I a member?  ....I think I remember that group) and homesteading too.

Pretty flower Dallas .. I have a field guide to plants that I could look that up. I just need to locate it. In my plant class we would key out the plants to determine the name. That was a task!

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 10, 2012 at 9:20pm

I knew I didn't find an exact match - but I was hoping that the ruellia I posted would get you on the right track. And yep - the humilis looks like it.

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 10, 2012 at 6:36pm
Comment by Michael R Mills on May 10, 2012 at 6:19pm

I've started looking for it in Flora - this may take awhile.

It's neither vinca or 4 o'clock

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 10, 2012 at 5:21pm

Dallas Gaytheist- are they a type of four o'clock flowers?  I know there are several varieties.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2012 at 10:13am

Sentinet, your fig tree story reminds me of my experience with a Pomegranate tree.  When I purchased my first house in the California Bay Area,  there was one in the back yard.  After a while, the bark of one branch started sloughing-off, so I cut that branch off before it spread to the rest of the tree.

I stripped it and used it in another part of the garden as a fence stake.  It quickly sprouted new leaves and grew so much fruit that I thought they would rip the new branches off.

 

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