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Re: Cultivar-specific Black thumbs

From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>

>> Confession time: Does anyone else out there routinely kill one 
specific famously good garden iris? I think to qualify as a Black Thumb 
for such a plant, you must have tried to grow it at least twice and 
>> celia

I haven't been in irises long enough to know, but I have managed to kill 
bamboo with neglect, and that's some feat. (I've also managed to burn 
boiled eggs!)
On the topic of Verbena I have a V. venosa which has a lovely bright 
purple flower which fades leaving showy reddish bracts. The leaf is 
greyish and the plant very drought tolerant, and it sends out runners, 
which you can cut and transplant or give to friends. Then later you 
discover that it sends out runners everywhere, even UNDERNEATH your iris 
rz's to pop up on the other side. Now I like this plant, but think I may 
have to get rid of it before it becomes the local equivalent of Kudzu.
Cheers, Jan Clark, Victoria, Australia (where there's no gas, and no 
bread, probably for the rest of the week, after a Natural gas plant went 
'badaboom' on Saturday)

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