40+ yr old plant named George - two new photos added

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  1. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Bodhi, unless there is another species of plant with the common name of hen and chicks, that isn't this one. This one produces babies from the roots underground not by runners above ground.
    I have succulents and their leaves are at least 3-4 times thicker than George's leaves are. George's leaves are just barely thicker than an Philodendron's leaves.

    Thanks for looking around the garden center, Sjoerd.

    I am going to Mom's on Saturday, I think I will ask her if there is any chance she remembers what George is. I wish I could contact the other 'girls' to ask them, but two have passed on, one had a major stroke a few years ago and hasn't recovered well and the 4th is in the last stages of Alzheimers.

    I will prevail tho, there is bound to be one of these somewhere with a name tag.
     
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    Toni, they do root underground. :)
    Also, I corrected my post, I meant sempervivum, here's a link to one that looks quite similar to yours
    http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-4914753 ... ecrop.html
    Perhaps yours is not developing the red tips because it is not getting enough sunlight?
     
  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I thought this topic needed more photos.

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    George at ground level ( photo / image / picture from toni's Garden )

    Do you see the darkish streak across the leaf just below my finger....that is the shadow of my finger and you can see the edge of the leaf and how thin it is.
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    Shadow through the thin leaf ( photo / image / picture from toni's Garden )
     
  4. Bodhi

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    You're right, that is quite different than the succulent sepervivum...hmmm, have to keep looking :)
     



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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Thank you Toni, now we have more to go on.

    Jerry
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Sorry, I had not realized that the first photo would cause so much confusion. It looked like what it is and I never dreamed anyone would see something different :eek:
     
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    I have seen something similar to George... but not with leaves that thin. I'm sure someone will find out his given name soon.
     
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    I'm just wondering if it's some kind of strange bromeliad that does not form a cup....
     
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    I can't quite tell, but is it a monocot or dicot? I'm thinking monocot.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Now you're just showing off :eek:
    The leaf veins run parallel to each other. I have never seen it bloom so I don't know how many petals the blooms have and I have not repotted it to know what the roots are like. ;)

    Google is my friend :-D
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I hope someone will find the answer to this...soon! :-? I've browsed every likely plant I can think of and am too curious to stop. :eek: Toni, are you sure you don't know what this plant is??? ;)
     
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    I may have found a variegated form of George. I have yet to find an all green variety.

    Haworthia cymbiformis variegata

    From the images I have seen it has pups, the leaves look thin. Pictures can be deceiving.

    Jerry
     
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    I've figured it out!
    No... not George's "real" name... BUT...
    I think he's just decided to make us all do some homework, while he struts his stuff! :D
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Nope Jewell, I have no idea what it is...except I do know it isn't any of the plants that have been suggested so far. :rolleyes:

    Jerry, all the photos of the Haworthia cymbiformis variegata I have found show thick, fat leaves and those leaves are more precise in their size and placement around the center of the plant....my plant's leaves are not. And the leaves are sticking up whereas mine are folding over and down.

    Cheryl, I am thinking this will either make us all better plant IDer's or none of us will ever open another Plant ID request again. :eek:
     
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    Well, what can I say. ;) I thought that it having parallel veined leaves would narrow down the list a bit, but it hasn't really. I thought it could have been Columbo that has never bloomed, but then reverted back to a succulent. Then I thought it could be an Aeonium of some sort, but it doesn't grow like them. So I'm still lost as to what it could be, but I will keep looking. My head hurts. :p
     

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