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Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


June 10, 2002
12:51 PM

Post #32174

Here's a stumper - anyone know what this might be? I can't tell you much other than the flowers and fruit appeared in year two, the fruit are about 2 1/2" in diameter, and the photographer/gardener lives in California...

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REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2002
1:06 PM

Post #278149

WOW look so Cool never see this one. That's so nice.
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


June 10, 2002
1:23 PM

Post #278162

Vols - am I reading that right? The fruit are 21 inches in diameter?

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


June 10, 2002
3:30 PM

Post #278286

Sue, that's what he said. They don't look that big from the photo, so I'll ask him just to be sure. Now 2" I could see but 21" are the size of a (large) beach ball, if I'm thinking correctly...

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


June 11, 2002
1:47 AM

Post #278641

hehehe, apparently something was lost in the translation - let's try 2 1/2" - that does sound more reasonable :)
Brugie
Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2002
3:03 AM

Post #278706

Maybe try posting on Tropicals and Kyle might be able to answer with what it is. Very unusual.
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


June 11, 2002
4:48 AM

Post #278784

Terry - maybe asclepias fruticosa? http://www.milkweedcafe.com/swanplant.htm
Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


June 11, 2002
6:15 AM

Post #278808

Hey, I've seen this somewhere, botanical has this, but the 'fruits' (?) aren't that big. If I rememer it is somekind of Asclepias as sue said.
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 11, 2002
11:11 AM

Post #278866

Gosh Terry, that is cool. Please save me some seeds or a cutting or whatever you have to save to get a start. Thanks.
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2002
3:25 PM

Post #278996

Sorry,
But you got me stumped on this one..looks like a type of euphorbia from the foliage...but the flowers don't ring a bell...sorry... :-)
Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


June 11, 2002
3:38 PM

Post #279008

But..? http://wwwdt.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/~db26/100_Fotos_1999/Asclepias_fruticosa.jpg
troy
Hanover, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2002
2:46 AM

Post #279421

wow that is cool can i get some seeds also and is it eatable
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 12, 2002
12:49 PM

Post #279600

It has been 50 years since I left CA so haven't seen one in a LONG time but could it be Quince? Just a wild guess. The asclepias fruticosa does look right.
Sugar
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 12, 2002
1:32 PM

Post #279637

Well U can rule out quince.. I looked it up & not that.
http://www.rittenhouse.ca/hortmag/Horticulture_Online_2002/Garden_Magazine_Jan/John_Morley_The_Common_Quince.htm
Sugar

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


June 12, 2002
1:58 PM

Post #279660

Thanks, all. I've sent a link to a picture of Asclepias fruticosa to the photographer to have him compare to the real thing. I'll let you know if he confirms it.
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2002
2:07 AM

Post #280248

I don't know what it is but would sure like to have some seeds from it.

crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2002
7:39 PM

Post #281466

I love it,it looks like a gooseberry on steroids!
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


June 15, 2002
2:03 AM

Post #281714

Must be it... eh? http://plantsdatabase.com/showpicture/4892/

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


June 15, 2002
3:18 AM

Post #281771

Sue, yes - I meant to get back here and let everyone know that apparently we had a winner. For those who would like seeds; sorry, I don't have any. But if you look at the member who contributed it to the PDB, you'll know the source of the photo (and maybe some seeds, too :)
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2002
3:30 AM

Post #281778

Lol Crestedchik, I couldn't help but laugh at that one.
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


June 15, 2002
12:36 PM

Post #281918

Terry - after looking this up in my AHS Encyc ... the genus has changed from Asclepias to Gomphocarpus. There are two species - G. fruticosa and G. physocarpus. Both are very similar but physocarpus has larger fruit. A google search for Gomphocarpus comes up with pictures of both species. You may want to have Ulrich look them up to see if he can determine which species he has. I'm thinking it probably is the G. physocarpus.

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