W.C. Fields

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by fawnridge, Oct 10, 2012.

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  1. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    History: I found this growing in the Hollywood Hills section of Ft. Lauderdale at least six years ago. It was on the corner of a vacant house in lots of sun. I took around a dozen cuttings. The three here are the only survivors and that's after being in a pot for four years.

    They've been in the ground for almost two years now and appear stable. I've posted pictures of this one several times over the years and no one has come up with a name. Sadly, Randy and I went back a few weeks ago and searched the neighborhood, but the plant is gone. I've never seen it in anyone's collection and it's not in The Book. Because of the characteristic bulb at the end of the leaf, I've named this W.C. Fields in honor of his bulbous nose.

    The new leaves come out green and yellow, almost identical to Yellow Bird and with that same bulbous end, but as they age, you get lots of pink and orange. Still small leaves, as you can see from my hand, but these leaves are three times larger than they were last year and the original plant had 12" leaves, not including the petiole.
     

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  2. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Verrrry interesting. Leaf shape looks almost like a Sybil Griffin but ldifferent color. Nice find. Too bad it is not a vigrous grower.
     
  3. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Phil - I think it's going to speed up, now that it's in much more sun and in the ground. Might have to sacrifice a white chicken and let its blood fertilize this one!
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Looks like minature C & B ? :rolleyes:
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    "Ahhhhh yes, I never drink water - fish fornucate in it!"
    W.C. Fields
     
  6. Rags

    Rags Active Member

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    Careful don't go loosing those plants now............
     

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