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Re: Plant identification question


Auralie,
I assumed you were talking about the Coleus, but upon further inspection of
your description, it could be something else, but I doubt it.  Mine hasn't
flowered yet so I don't know if the flowers are blue.  But other than that,
the clipping doesn't describe the plant in any identifiable way.  They've
also given a name that isn't easily googled to find more about it.  On the
homepage for the Coleus plant, you'll note that Millstadt Jung is the North
American Provider.  I figure they gave it those names.  Someone else may be
responsible for the clipping and has named theirs, the same plant, P---Off.
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear if you find out anything more about this
plant.
Kitty

----- Original Message -----
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:13 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Plant identification question


> A club member handed me a newspaper clipping and wanted to know what the
> plant was. It sounds very suspicious to me, as no name is given to the
plant at
> all.  I the club-member that I had never heard of such, but I would try to
find
> out. I will copy the clipping in its entirety
>
> DIG THIS MIRACLE WEED - FIDO WON'T - by Bill Hoffmann
>   A gardener has developed a miraculous plant that keeps cats and dogs off
> the lawn.
>   Pets are repelled by the plant's horrendous smell, whch sends them
paccking
> the moment they come in contact, keeping them from digging up or fouling
the
> lawn.
>   Amazingly, humans can't smell the plant until its leaves are crushed -
and
> to the human nose it has the pleasant odor of schnapps.
>   The new plant - which has been named 'P---Off" - is a cross between an
> Australian plant and a Brazilian weed.
>   "This hybrid is really successful.  The animals can't cope even a few
feet
> from the plants," said Dieter Stegmaier, the German horticulturist who
bred
> the plant and plans to market it worldwide.
>   "The plant is not ugly and is fairly hardy, making it the perfect garden

> plant.  It even has pretty flowers - blue ones - for most of the summer.
>   "The animals around here don't even think about coming round to use my
> garen as a toilet."
>
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