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LazLo

LazLo
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2012
11:05 PM

Post #9314707

A friend says this is a leaf from a variegated fireman's cap . . . but i can't find it with DG search using that common name as a key

I would love to know it's binomial name. Please, anyone, help me out.

TIA ~ Łaz

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homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2012
4:21 AM

Post #9314778

Did you Google it?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2012
4:31 AM

Post #9314787

Google does indeed bring up many DG articles about it. Shame that DG doesn't have a search engine like Google. Once you have the botanical name then another search brings up so many more articles.

http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/erythrina_indica.htm


LazLo

LazLo
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 25, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9315043

did i google it? thanks for the input, Captain Obvious. oh, i got it now, HOMER !

anyway, it is solved it is Erythrina variegata - - my thanks to those who actually gave a hand in identifying it.
homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9315087

LazLo... Must not have got your beauty sleep last night! I am sorry you are having a bad day. Cheer up!
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 24, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9532749

Lazlo, did your plant ever bloom & produce seeds? Just curious. Buttoneer.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9532756

SO? For us non-horticultural-names-users...
Would that be a Zebra Plant? That was my first thought...

Gita
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2013
6:46 PM

Post #9532974

Gita,

The common name is in the link I provided - Coral Tree or Sunshine Tree.

The Zebra Plant is Aphelandra squarrosa.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2013
6:54 PM

Post #9532983

OK--I had it wrong...G.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 26, 2013
5:31 PM

Post #9535074

Quick question: Are all the Erythrina species "THORNY"?
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2013
4:20 AM

Post #9540447

Buttoneer, I believe all Erythrina have thorns - I have to varieties and both have wicked thorns.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2013
9:20 AM

Post #9543187

Thanks, Kay. I have one that is 2 foot tall and I have grown it for years. It is potbound and verry thorny. Think I will carefully try to repot it. It has lost all its leaves due to spider mites so I sprayed it & put it outside.
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2013
10:22 AM

Post #9543241

If you can use leather gloves, you should be o.k. in handling it. I have used rope and newspaper to handle mine. Thanks for reminding me - my potted one is desperate for a bigger pot.

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