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Re: Cruel Plant


sounds very curious!  Feed me Seymore?
Vera

On 5/14/05, Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com> wrote:
> Sounds like a pretty cool plant to me.
> zem
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> Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 3:42 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Cruel Plant
> 
> > Does anyone grow Cruel Plant, Cynanchum ascyrifolium?
> > Described as a well-behaved clump-former with vague semi-vining tendencies
> > and waxy white flowers in axillary cymes.  Once it starts blooming, it
> > continues for almost the entire  summer, virtually pest-free.
> >
> > It's an asclepiad, so when I found it at Seneca Hill, I thought it might
> > be
> > good for our Birds, Bees, and Butterflies garden, so I ordered one.
> > A little research though came up with: "...Plants in [this family]
> > generally
> > have unique flowers designed for large pollinators, bees or butterflies
> > that
> > can manipulate the flowers."  sounded like I might be right, but it went
> > on
> > to say, "The Cruel Plant was thought to be 'cruel' to small insects like
> > flies and mosquitoes.  The white flowers entrap small insects that come to
> > feed on their nectar.  The trapped insects die or become prey for other
> > insects."
> > So I am wondering, is this the proper sentiment for a plant residing in
> > the
> > BBB garden?
> >
> > Kitty
> >
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  • References:
    • Cruel Plant
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
    • Re: Cruel Plant
      • From: "Zemuly Sanders"

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