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Heatherbelle
Victoria,, BC
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2009
6:17 PM

Post #6759358

I lurk here a lot ! I am totally into tropicals but as I live in B.C. Canada, I do not have the same choices. I found this plant at our local Walmart - can anyone identify it for me ? Some kind of EE ?
Heather

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


June 30, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6759498

It might be Caladium pictum; a non-hybrid species.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 30, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6759765

I'd name it, as in a name, not type, Party!

Great plant, what fun!
Heatherbelle
Victoria,, BC
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6760230

Thanks for your help! Metro - a caladium makes sense now that I look at it.
"Party" sounds like a good name - it looks like a fun plant, Molamola !
Heather
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 1, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #6761961

I'd agree, definitely looks like a caladium. There's a lot of variety in them.
LariAnn
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 1, 2009
11:31 AM

Post #6762617

To me, that looks like a young specimen of the plant being called 'Hilo Beauty'. Most places they call it Alocasia but in my book there is no way it can be an Alocasia. Caladium is much closer to what it looks like, but it stays up all year and hasn't been observed blooming.

Here's a link:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~meckms/Alocasia Hilo Beauty.html

LariAnn
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #6763351

Aloha Heatherbelle, glad you joined us!

Aloha LariAnn, I think the plant you referenced is a dead ringer!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

July 1, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6764339

Yup, that was my first guess. Kinda pretty!
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2009
7:09 AM

Post #6766988

I can't believe you found Hilo beauties at walmart!!!! I love them. you scored!
Carol, I almost threw one in the package today, but..I ran out of room. next time.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

July 2, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #6768680

Randy...I can get them here...from time to time they are at Walmart!! Thanks for thinking of me...
Heatherbelle
Victoria,, BC
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6768979

You guys ROCK ! I actually got two of them (if one plant is good then two has got to be better, right ?) and at $4.99 each (even in cdn funds) I thought they were a real deal. So thank you all for your efforts and I am off to plant them outside for the summer in a shady spot.
If I am not pushing my luck - can anyone help me with this one ? I grew it from a seed I picked up at our local Butterfly World gardens.
Heather

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 2, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6769034

It is Asclepias curassavica, Butterfly Weed.
Heatherbelle
Victoria,, BC
(Zone 8b)

July 3, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6773057

Thanks again, Metro !
Heather

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