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Plant recognition please :-) answered thanks!

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Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 14:57

Just bought this small plant in the 99p shop, no labels on anything and not sure what it is? Do any of you clever gardeners know please :-D Can email if the picture comes out too small in avatar.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 14:58

Leaves are thick and shiny , like a skimmia...could it be skimmia ? I've only seen tham as large shrubs, but they must start small lol.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 29 Nov 2012 15:29

Difficult to tell in the avatar Rose because the flash has bounced off the leaves. You could try e mailing it to me if you like. :-)

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 15:44

Thanks Ann I've just sent you an email with a couple of photo's :-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 29 Nov 2012 17:03

Not much help though was I?

Julia

Julia Report 29 Nov 2012 17:19

Rose, can't see very well from the picture, but is it an African Violet in bud. You do get them in pink. Or is that a berry.

Julia in Derbyshire

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 17:24

well I've not come up with anything else either Ann :-)

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 17:25

No Julia, not African violet, I'll change the avatar >>>>

That's a berry, :-D

Susan10146857

Susan10146857 Report 29 Nov 2012 17:32

Wandering Jew?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 17:36

no not that Susan, I know that one lol, we used to have lots of those.

Island

Island Report 29 Nov 2012 17:37

Is it a succulent Rose?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 17:40

No Island, not a succulent ( lol this is a good game !)

ooh I think it might be this!
http://www.jparkers.co.uk/plant-1001087-kp-2/gaultheria-procumbens/

Island

Island Report 29 Nov 2012 17:44

looks like you got a bargain if that's it then Rose! :-D

Where's Wend when she's needed?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 17:50

I might go back and buy another Island! I also bought a deep pink pot rose and a heather. They had lots of very pretty miniature roses in different colours which would make a nice pressie if anyone's looking for one and for 99p you can't complain :-)

Maryanna

Maryanna Report 29 Nov 2012 18:55

Tredascantia ? M. Sorry iPad didn't like that.!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 29 Nov 2012 21:01

That's it Rose isn't it. :-)

Kay????

Kay???? Report 29 Nov 2012 21:19

Rose,

It looks like a Mantra species,,,,Calathea otherwise known as a Prayer Plant,,,,,,,if the leaves start to fold in on themselves thats what it is,,,,,very popular houseplant easy to grow,,,,,the grow low ,spread and stay purple underneath.....the leaves can grow very large,,,,,easy to multiply...

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 29 Nov 2012 21:32

Kay we used to have a Prayer plant, this is much smaller leaves than that, think the general concensus is that it's the Galtheria :-) Really pleased with it as it grows in part shade which will be useful when I plant it out in the garden.

JustJohn

JustJohn Report 29 Nov 2012 22:42

Not my specialist subject, but have been googling and searching all day. Went down the local Garden Centre as well for research purposes.

All I could come up with was SUNFLOWER. Hope it was not wasted effort :-D ;-)

Edit: Answered? Galtheria. Oh :-( :-( :-(

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 29 Nov 2012 22:58

Gaultheria procumbensFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens in Hammond, Indiana

"Mountain tea" redirects here. For "herbal teas", see tisane.
Gaultheria procumbens (eastern teaberry, checkerberry, boxberry, or American wintergreen) is a species of Gaultheria native to northeastern North America from Newfoundland west to southeastern Manitoba, and south to Alabama.[1] It is a member of the Ericaceae (heath family).[2]

[edit] Growth habit
G. procumbens fruitIt is a small low-growing shrub, typically reaching 10–15 centimetres (3.9–5.9 in) tall. The leaves are evergreen, elliptic to ovate, 2–5 cm long and 1–2 cm broad, with a distinct oil of wintergreen scent. The flowers are bell-shaped, 5 mm long, white, borne solitary or in short racemes. The berry-like fruit is actually a dry capsule surrounded by fleshy calyx,[3] 6–9 mm diameter.

It is a calcifuge, favouring acid soil, in pine or hardwood forests, although it generally produces fruit only in sunnier areas.[4] It often grows as part of the heath complex in an oak-heath forest. [5][6]

G. procumbens spreads by means of long rhizomes, which are within the top 20–30 mm of soil. Because of the shallow nature of the rhizomes, it does not survive most forest fires, but a brief or mild fire may leave rhizomes intact, from which the plant can regrow even if the above-ground shrub was consumed.[4]



and it's edible!!!!!