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allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9159946

Hi, I got this plant for $0.99 4-5 years ago and have never found out what it is. I think it may be in the African Violet family, and yet haven't seen anything like it. the leaves are hairy, and roughly the length and width of a dollar bill. It blooms on a similar schedule with my African Violets. I had presumed that it would be a common plant as I got it in a dollar store, and yet I still haven't seen another one...

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2012
9:19 PM

Post #9159984

It kind of looks like the plants they call Moses in The Cradle.

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allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9160004

No, I have that plant. The leaves on this plant are wider (width of dollar bill), hairy (whole plant except flowers is hairy), the 'hair' is purplish while the leaves are green, doesn't do the creeping thing that Moses In the Cradle does, the growth is more upright. Thanks for the response, though :-)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9160128

I'm with Lynn on this one in that it looks like something in the Commelinaceae family. The flowers look like they have three petals and the leaves look like they have a parallel nervature.

For some reason, I want to say Palisota or Dichorisandra but I'm anything but sure.
eucharis05
Yonkers, NY

June 11, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9160172

Hi, I think your plant might be Siderasis, in the commelinaceae family.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9160320

Siderasis - that's what I was looking for. Thanks, Eucharis! This plant is commonly known as "Camel Plant" or "Brown Spider Plant".

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54965/
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
11:08 AM

Post #9160784

Great job guys! At least I guessed the right family LOL.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

June 11, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #9160969

I am thoroughly impressed!
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 11, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9161024

Me too! DGers come through again!

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