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Week 6: Mystery Plant December 26th, 2011

Happy Holidays, Plant Puzzlers! Are you enjoying figgy pudding and playing games with family? Our last Puzzler begins today–but first, a recap of last week’s Mystery Plant. Verbena Lilacena was the plant in question. Our hint alluded to its “lilac-colored blooms” in the hopes that wordplay would jog your plant cells. Our big winners for the week? Madeline and Kaveh! Congrats!

Join us in donating to the SLO Botanical Garden with our very last Plant Puzzler. This week’s contender:

  • My dark evergreen foliage is arranged in grassy green clumps
  • Emerging only in the fall and winter, my flowers are chunky and egg-shaped
  • Each bloom has a radiant yellow base that blends to a brilliant reddish-orange cone of tubular flowers
  • My leaves are arching and keeled

Our last Puzzler will be revealed on Monday, January First. Enjoy your New Year Celebrations, plot your guesses, share your tips and tricks, and visit our site to make your guesses!

 


2011 Plant Puzzler #5 December 19th

Ready for the Latest, Plant Lovers? Lots of good guesses this week, and some close calls, too! This Mystery Plant was tricky because it bears a strong resemblance to its agave cousins. Many guessers accurately identified the species, Agave vilmoriniana, but then broke into divergent camps in terms of the cultivar, with ‘Stained Glass’ and ‘Variegata’ being the top two.

Perhaps surprisingly, ‘Variegata’ is a variety of agaves that is no longer grown. Once it was discovered, ‘Stained Glass’ gained immediate popularity for its brighter colors and stronger contrast. It was also our choice for last week’s Plant Puzzler! Congratulations Megan, Chris, Greg, Madeline, Nick, and Kaveh!

Remember: Your accurate guesses are building the donation cache which will benefit the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Our Facebook page will contain a hint this Wednesday, December 21st for this week’s Mystery Plant.

This One’s Got Flower Power

 

  • I’m what’s known as a “sub-shrub”
  • I grow in tidy 3×4 mounds
  • My leaves are deeply dissected
  • My blooms are a rich, vibrant purple that fades as time passes
  • Per season, I’m one of the longest-blooming plants on the Central Coast

2011 Plant Puzzler #4 December 12th

CONGRATULATIONS to our many winners this week! Dendromecon rigida var. harfordii was our Mystery Plant, and these plant-o-files were all spot on: Heather, Alice, Bracey, Mike, Chrystal, Kaveh, Madeline, Becki, Daniel, Mary, and Greg 

DON’T FORGET:

For every correct Plant Puzzler answer we receive, we’ll donate $1.00 to the SLO Botanical Garden. The top two people who guess the most correct plants at the end of the contest will win a bare-root tree! Check back next Monday, December 19th for the Correct answer to our Mystery Plant for December 12th’s Plant Puzzler.

 

 

And now, introducing our next Mystery Plant: 

  • I originated on steep Mexican cliff sides
  • My brethren grow practically vertically
  • My arching, curving, serpentine leaves are succulent in texture and variegated in color
  • My many leaves are dried and pounded into a fibrous brush whose bristles contain their own soap (I’ve always been good at multi-tasking)
  • Note: The cultivar we’re looking for in this puzzler adds a twist to the regular species, boasting creamy yellow bands that run the length of the leaves.

WHO AM I??

Enter your guess here! Include your name and email where required, and in the comment box, write the genus, species, and (where applicable) the cultivar name of the current week’s Mystery Plant. Write “Plant Puzzler” in the box marked “Phone” and include the date of the post with your entry. One guess per person, please!

Visit our Facebook page on Wednesday the 14th for a hint!

 

 


We Love: Grow Nursery

Tucked behind The Garden Shed in Cambria awaits Grow Nursery,
plant-nerd haven of the Central Coast. 

Not your average plant purveyors, Grow Nursery boasts not only rare gems of the plant kingdom, but creative twists on traditional garden tools and unusual, artful accessories. Devout plantsman and nursery owner Nick Wilkinson’s degree in fine art from San Diego State University perfectly supports his passion for the vibrant shapes and colors of exotic succulents. Knowledgeable in terms of the growing habits and lengthy Latin names of our Mediterranean climate’s botanical palette, Nick is also adept at combining his specialty plant collection with unusual garden artifacts. 

Look for plants tucked into seashells, gum-ball machine terrariums, “living stone” succulents planted in the hollowed husks of actual stones, and more. Grow also offers pottery handcrafted by San Luis Obispo county artists like Richard Rowe, Heidi Petersen, Barbara Flynn, Steve Weaver, Jorn Piesnack, Charles Varni and Jeanette Jennings. 

Stop by Grow’s new location (2024 Main Street in Cambria) and understand Buddha’s reference to the “miracle in a single flower.”

 

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2011 PLANT PUZZLER #3 December 5th

Great Guesswork, San Luis Obispo County! 

Our Mystery Plant for the week of November 28th was none other than the humble bunch grass Sesleria Autumnalis. We had some very diverse guesses this week. So many plants resemble one another, it can be a real challenge to nail the individual species down. We’re really impressed with the range of the plants that everyone named! 

The WINNERS: Daniel, Kaveh, Greg, and Mary! Again, we had some other very close guesses, and we’ll honor those participants with a donation to the SLO Botanical Garden.

 

 

Up Next: The MYSTERY PLANT for DECEMBER 5th, 2011

  • I originated on the west coast of the US
  • I am a medium sized shrub that can reach around 8′ tall
  • I am never without my powdery blue-green leaves!
  • My warm-toned, poppy-like flowers bloom in the spring time
  • I prefer my soil nice and dry, and I love basking in the sunlight, preferably on a shrubby slope.

(Visit our Facebook page on Wednesday the 7th for a hint!)

WHO AM I??

Enter your guess here! Include your name and email where required, and in the comment box, write the genus, species, and (where applicable) the cultivar name of the current week’s Mystery Plant. Write “Plant Puzzler” in the box marked “Phone” and include the date of the post with your entry. One guess per person, please!

DON’T FORGET:

For every correct Plant Puzzler answer we receive, we’ll donate $1.00 to the SLO Botanical Garden. The top two people who guess the most correct plants at the end of the contest will win a bare-root tree! Check back next Monday, December 12th for the Correct answer, and the next Puzzler!