Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What the heck are you?



I have great luck growing plants planted by other people because these plants have survived and thrived before we moved here.  Some people are true committed gardeners, but I am one of those "johnny-come-lately".

This brings up a question about this plant one of previous owners of our home (we moved here in August) had planted.  In the summer it was a dismal thing, looked like someone had had a bonfire in the center of this strange plant.





Here they are now:






I did some searching on various succulent sites, and they were very thorough and confusing. 

Can you identify this plant? I don't what comes next and what I should do, if anything. Those spikes are scaring me.

The name "Seymour" comes to mind.


17 comments:

  1. I do love succulents as they add interest to any garden and also look so nice as a potted plant. I have quite a few and some that look like yours. However, I do not know any of their names. There is an app called "Like That Garden" that, after taking the picture, will identify most plants, trees, and butterflies.

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    1. I will definitely check that out. I noticed this morning that some of the "leaves" are assuming that summer color, it will eventually become almost purple.

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  2. Wouldn't have a clue what to call them at my sea, but some sure thrive away on display.

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    1. Yeah, I think this is definitely an outdoor plant. Just think how it could take over a living room in a year.

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    1. Hens and Chicken are echeverias, there are many varieties. These plants are similar, but a different 'family' which I named in my comment below.

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  4. I seem to recall having those around as a kid. Although, never that thing in the middle. I think I would stay far away from them, though ;)

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    1. Every visitor who see them is a little bewildered.

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  5. I'm no great gardener, so I can't help. I think it is a pretty plant though. Thanks for your comment, it meant a lot to me. Hope you remember what you said!

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    1. I do, Inger! Seeing your name when you post makes me happy.

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  6. Your plant is one of the aeonium family, You've seen the same on my Sunday posts sometimes, I have several of them. The spike is the flowering part and once the flowers at the tip die off the spike can be cut back. Some of the flower spikes can get quite long-I had a small dinner plate sized succulent which sent out a spike more than a metre long.

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    1. Oh, thanks! One of the spikes is about 18 inches long and shows no sign of slowing down!

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  7. River is right. They are remarkably hardy - and I think beautiful.

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    1. It is hardy. At Christmas I lay some item (a rose maybe?) on the plant to show its size. And they survive our roasting summers!

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  8. Well done River.
    These are good looking plants.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Now I can cut those crazy spikes down. The leaves of the succulent are now turning a purple color, going dormant.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!