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Wild and crazy plants: so much fun to grow and show

By April (Aunt_ADecember 17, 2008
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Don't you just love a plant that makes you smile? Is a plant ever funny? I think so. Ready for a smile or two? I am not making these up. You will fall in love with these unusual plants.

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Many plants are delightful. Some are so unique that I smile because of their beautiful, unusual colors or patterns. Others make me laugh because they resemble cute or interesting animals or objects. Enjoy this tour as we smile and laugh over some of the most beautiful, fun and crazy plants in the world. The picture to the right is golden shrimp plant or lollipop plant, Pachystachys lutea.

None of these are made up; these are all real plants and are listed in Dave's Garden PlantFiles. You can find more information about any of these by clicking on the PlantFiles link above and searching by the common or scientific name. I have not grown any of these; although I have seeds for four of them. Hopefully, those seeds will germinate next year.

When I look at all these beautiful plants, I realize that it is no wonder God said, "It is good".

 



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2 Photo Credit: Copyright
April Campbell

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black-eyed cuphea, tri-colored cuphea
Cuphea cyanea

pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana

Mexican flowering dogwood
Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana

  1. Is this where baby snakes come from? This plant is too adorable and funny.
  2. Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear. Pampas Grass deserves to be hugged; it is so soft and plush. Okay, I did hug the Pampas Grass but I did not crawl over a fence to hug a cute Panda Bear. Hopefully the seeds of this plant will grow nicely for me.
  3. Who cut up the Dogwood flowers? Who has the scissors and tape? These look like Christmas ornaments.


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seedpicker_TX

2 Photo Credit: Copyright MotherNature4

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yellow orchid vine, yellow butterfly vine, gallinita, Mascagnia macroptera

yellow orchid vine, yellow butterfly vine, gallinita, Mascagnia macroptera

pigtail anthurium, pigtail flamingo flower, tailflower, Anthurium scherzerianum

  1. This unusual seed pod looks like green butterfly; it...
  2. ...turns brown when dry.
  3. What more can be said, except "Oink, oink"?


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onalee

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buttonbush, honey bells, honeyball, button willow Cephalanthus occidentalis

bard-shelled gourd, calabash, tinda gourd 'Apple' Lagenaria siceraria

bottle brush Callistemon laevis

  1. It is true; I laughed out loud. This plant is too cute; it appears to be handing out lollipops. Hopefully, my seeds from this tree will grow.
  2. What about gourds? These look just like apples...maybe that is why they are called 'Gourd Apples'. There are many shapes of gourds, including the following: snakes, swans, ladles, bird houses and bowling balls. Once these are dry the fun begins with paint and decorations. I was given some gourd seeds; hopefully they will grow.
  3. How many bottles will these bottle brushes brush? This plant is delightful.


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blue puya Puya berteroniana

blue puya Puya berteroniana

  1. These bushes look like sea urchins or prickly Christmas trees.
  2. But, look closely; the beauty is almost unreal and breath-taking. Are those colors totally gorgeous or what?

 



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Ursula

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Theresa

smoke tree Cotinus coggygria

Calceolaria corymbosa

lion's tail Leonotis menthifolia

 

  1. Can you read smoke signals? The smoke tree is fantastic! I have seeds for either the white or pink smoke tree.
  2. Peep peep peep. Is this where the Easter bunny found marshmallow inspiration for those little yellow chicks in little white boxes? These flowers look like slippers also.
  3. Meow. Each orange petal is furry, like a lion's tail. I think the whole plant looks like a tail of something, although my husband thinks these look like windmills. Of course, he has wind energy on his mind anyway.

 



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April Campbell

bat-face cuphea, St. Peter's plant, tiny mice, bunny ears
Cuphea IIavea

princess earrings
Dichrostachys cinerea

bat-face cuphea, St. Peter's plant, tiny mice, bunny ears
Cuphea IIavea

 

  1. Looking for the bat face can drive you batty until you see it and then it can drive you batty anyway.
  2. I would wear a set of these 'Princess Earrings'; with the proper outfit, of course.
  3. Here is a close up of Mr. Bat face with the large ears; can you hear me now?


Yes, plants produce flowers so life will continue. Nevertheless, how wonderful is it that we have such a vast variety of plant life to enjoy? How delightful is it that we can enjoy the many colors and shapes of plants and flowers? I suppose life would continue if we could only see in black and white or if plants were all the same. But, amazingly enough, the world is full of beauty and variety.

I want to grow every one of the above plants. However, many of these plants will not grow in the zone where I live. I think I'll study the article that explains how to build a very cheap greenhouse (free or cheap is the only type of green house that is in my budget). See below for links to DG articles about greenhouses.

In 2008, I participated in an unusual seed trade on Dave's Garden. I received some great seeds, including 'Whirling Butterflies' appleblossom grass, shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana), mexican hats and kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate. This annual unusual seed exchange and hundreds of other seed exchanges throughout the year are part of the wonderful world of Dave's Garden membership.

On a side note; have you noticed the huge variety of pictures that have been uploaded from around the world to Dave's Garden? It is almost unbelievable. If you have not visited PlantFiles, you are missing a gardening adventure. For example, most of the plants pictured above are labeled "rare" and/or "unusual". Nevertheless, can you believe that EVERY one of the plants mentioned here were listed at least once in DG PlantFiles? I did not have to go outside DG to request the use of any pictures. Thank you to every one of the DG PlantFile photographers for the use of your pictures; most of you sent me the nicest D-mails. Please feel free to comment below!

Dave's Garden is a gardener's delight; serindipity and generosity flourish here.



Links to Dave's Garden greenhouse articles:

A Budget Greenhouse Solution by By Ian Maxwell

Greenhouse Kits: Your way into the (green)house by LariAnn Garner

How to build a sunroom for as little as $35 by Caleb Garvin

Cheating the Weatherman: Extending your season with Mini-greenhouses and Cold Frames By Glynis Ward

Links to other articles:

Unusual and Bizarre Plants - The Incredible Parrot Flower By LariAnn Garner

Bleeding Hearts - Bizarre is Beautiful By Todd Boland

 


  About April  
AprilThe garden in my head is better than the one in my yard. However, I plant at least one tree every year and have left every home with a little more green than it had before. I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I enjoy writing them. Editor's note: Aunt_A passed away on 12-06-2010. We will miss her greatly and are thankful for her legacy of wonderful articles.

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Discussion about this article:
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TickleMe Plants are Wild & Crazy Plants Russell408 1 1 Jul 5, 2011 2:35 AM
Part II Aunt_A 2 7 Jan 6, 2009 1:06 AM
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your article leeflea51 1 16 Dec 18, 2008 1:34 AM
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mexican flowering dogwood marzissa 1 26 Dec 18, 2008 1:33 AM
nice article Dutchlady1 2 16 Dec 18, 2008 1:32 AM
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