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Ernie

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Anyone have a guess what this leaf goes to? :evil: It grows great here!

 
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Ernie

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Oh man. That was too quick. Had at least one person going though! :) Tom wins the prize- Hibiscus coccineus. It is also known as water hibiscus. I grow it in a bog behind our small pond- very wet, very bright, very fertilized. It is one of my favorite non-orchids in our landscape. It gets HUGE (dinner plate size), glossy crimson flowers that last only a day. Looks sorta like this...


By corydors at 2011-06-06

Last year, the plant was only about 4 feet tall. In fall, it died back to a couple woody sticks and came back strong in March with double the number of main "trunks". It is now over six feet tall.

Got it at a local nursery (Lukas, Oviedo, FL). Several pond stores offer them online, although most say they only get 3 feet tall. Supposed to be hardy in zones 5-12. I highly recommend this plant!!!

The bog is way overgrown with equisetum (horsetail rush), Colocasia Mojito, and Colocasia illustris to house any cp's though.
 
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Just because a leaf is palmate and cutleaf, doesn't mean its smokable.....some people :poke:



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Nice! I had one of these growing on my bit of Florida swampland many, many, many moons ago. I loved it!
 

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That's a different leaf from most of the other (though limited) hybiscus species I've seen. Most are closer to Maple like, or even less palmate than this species.

Very cool.
 

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Ernie have you seen the alba variety? It's a pure white with lighter colored leaves and stem.It's just as stunning as this one.

Actually I've heard stories about people who tried to smoke this particular species. A quick trip to the hospital along with a swollen, burning mouth... Let's just say I think they learned their lesson.
 

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Actually I've heard stories about people who tried to smoke this particular species. A quick trip to the hospital along with a swollen, burning mouth... Let's just say I think they learned their lesson.
I think the next line is, "and god wept..."

I doubt they learned their lesson. I remember back in '96 when I was walking the Appalachian Trail, there were 2 young pot heads who had run out of their most recent score (a tough thing to do in the backwoods of Maine if you don't have a car). I came upon them smoking something. As I approached one asked, "hey man, is this catnip, I think it's catnip. It tastes good." I recommended that after finishing that he should proceed to try various things just for the hell of it. "Go for it man, smoke the woods." Last time I saw him he was still alive.
 
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I learned to use a smokes roller on dry roasted peanut halves of all things. :) Worked pretty well. Not enough air got through and it just sorta smoked a lot. Maybe if they were crushed???

Anyway, GOTTA FIND AN ALBINO Water Hibiscus!! The gotta expand the bog!!! (or learn to prune them down w/o losing buds)
 

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