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Re: Devil's Backbone

I've heard it called Mexican Hat Plant, too. There seem to be several Kalanchoe species that develop offsets along the margins of their leaves, and they all have common names of "Mother of Thousands" and "Mexican Hat Plant," alas. And because those names are what people call them--with out getting too weirdly existential here--that's what they are. All of them.

On Aug 4, 2007, at 10:10 AM, Kitty wrote:

Yes, common names again. When we sold the Kalanchoe I used the name Devil's Backbone becuase there were several plants using the Mother of Thousands name, including 4 different genera on RHS (though RHS does not include any Kalanchoe as one of them)

RHS shows 3 common names for Kalanchoe diagremontiana :
And for Devil's Backbone they show Kalanchoe diagremontiana and the previously mentioned Pedilanthus tithymaloides.

I always try to select a common name that reduces confusion.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
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So I had to look that up just to be sure. Kalanchoe diagremontiana is what we call "Mother of Thousands".

On Aug 3, 2007, at 9:13 PM, Kitty wrote:

That's what we called Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
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Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 6:08 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Devil's was OT Cat Advice

Didn't know Aralia spinosa, so I looked it up. I'm guessing it's called "devil's walking stick" because the stems have thorns? Unlike Harry Lauder's WS, the stems seem straight. Asidem: We have a succulent here [Pedilanthus tithymaloides] called "devil's backbone." Devil seems to be a popular plant modifier. In the case of our succulent, however, it's likely related to the crookedness of the stems rather than to a presence of thorns. No matter. What's the charm of the A. spinosa, Zem--other than it's just kind of a neat/odd looking plant?
On Aug 3, 2007, at 10:37 AM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:
I agree with you, Theresa. Cats tend to sommunicate more among themselves and less with you if there are a number of them. I do have mine separated into two "colonies" -- 4 in my bedroom and bathroom, 2 on the enclosed back porch, 1 in the kitchen with Otis, and 5 in the dining room. They are a lot to contend with. Meanwhile, back to the plant world, a friend at Master Gardeners last night promised to bring me an Auralia spinosa at our plant swap next week. I have always wanted a Devil's Walking Stick, and I'm looking forward to getting it. She also said the deer have eaten all the leaves off the poisin ivy in her yard. We are having a terrible time with starving deer this year.
Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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