Think You Can Identify This Plant? No. 29 – January 2008

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

If you know the genus and species of this month’s mystery plant, you could win a free year’s subscription to Fine Gardening. If you’re already a subscriber, we’ll add a year onto your subscription.

Email us your entry by January 31, 2008 with “Mystery Plant #29 – January” in the subject line. Along with your guess, please include your mailing address and your telephone number. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Last month’s mystery plant was the beefsteak plant, also known as the chicken gizzard plant (Iresine herbstii, Zone 11). This vivid annual or short-lived perennial is reminiscent of coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cvs., Zone 11), and can be used in similar ways. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide and it adds a colorful punch to plant combinations in beds or containers. It prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Spring pinching yields bushier plants, and the prunings can be easily rooted to make more plants. John Webb of Boones Mill, Virginia, was chosen at random from all correct entries to receive a free one-year subscription to Fine Gardening. Congratulations, John!


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