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Offline Mitch

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Do you recognize this?
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:10:11 AM »
Hi everyone,

Is there anybody out there who can ID this shrub for me?

It grows to about 2m tall and wide. The leaves are furry and approximately the size of an adult's hand.






It also strikes cuttings remarkable easy - a small piece fell on the ground (in the shade), and a couple of weeks later I found it with roots!
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Re: Do you recognize this?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 08:38:04 AM »
Mitch, that looks like my giant plectranthus - P. Barbatus??????
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 08:45:39 AM »
I agree with Rena!  :clap:

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Re: Do you recognize this?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 09:45:50 AM »
Thanks so much, Rena and Marco!  :good: It's been driving me crazy not knowing what it is. You guys are absolute stars!
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Re: Do you recognize this?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 12:42:27 PM »
Interesting looking plant that, on Wikipedia they say: In Kenya it is also referred to as Kikuyu toilet paper, as in rural areas its leaves are used as such.

 It's a very common relic here at old home sites, and now I realise why. Awesome.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 13:41:56 PM »
Thanks, Michael.

 It also seems to be a remarkably easy plant to grow. The cutting,  which I placed in-situ in December of last year, is already half a meter tall and in full flower. My little shrub is in semi-shade and looking lovely and healthy,  but I have also seen some giants (near 3m tall) at the edge of a farmer's field very near to me, where they are in full sun, and obviously receive very little care. Since we had a devastatingly hot and dry summer last season, I'm guessing they're even moderately drought resistant.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 17:16:30 PM »
Michael - thanks for that info - but even though I have this plant in the garden I still buy Baby Soft 2 ply....

 
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 13:12:36 PM »
 :mmm: Without even trying it Rena   ???  ???  ;)
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