Thomas Black

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since Jul 30, 2020
Pensacola, Fla zone 8b
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WOW! Those pics are awesome. This is by far my favorite post on this forum. Keep the pics and all the 411 coming!
1 month ago
Greg, here’s a bit of 411 about this plant. It’s name is Paederia lanuginosa but it has many common names - skunk vine, sewer vine, chicken shit vine...etc. The common names refer to the smell it give off if bruised. I have eaten the leaves raw and cooked....and they don’t taste like cheese to me. The leaves are velvety so texture is kind of, IMO, off putting. Boiled the texture becomes more like sandpaper. By themselves, the leaves have a strong taste and are somewhat bitter. They are best cut into smaller pieces and cooked in with other foods. They are actually pretty good in a soup with a little soy sauce. The plant itself is gorgeous. It has dark green velvety leaves with purple undersides and grows rapidly. It also has very pretty flowers. I keep mine in the greenhouse for now but, I’m going to put a few in the ground this spring to test their hardiness. Here in Northwest Florida, I suspect that they will probably die back in winter and resprout again in the spring.
As of now, I’m not sure how cold hardy it is yet. I am not growing this plant so much for a food plant, although that’s a plus, but more as a medicinal plant. It has many uses including use as an anti inflammatory, stool softener, digestive problems as well as others. A mixture of the leaves in water is also good for killing aphids in the garden. Lastly.... the smell. Different cultivars have varying degrees of odor coming from the leaves when bruised, the stronger the odor, the stronger the medicinal properties. The cultivar I grow.....lives up to the common name sewer vine because the leaves on my vine smell very strong. I just wanted to throw all that at you so you will know a little bit more about what this plant is and isn’t. I hope this helps.
1 month ago
I just took a bunch of cutting from my vine. I’ll have rooted plants ready this spring if anyone is interested. I live in Florida btw.
1 month ago
Thanks for the 411 Caesar, that’s good to know.
5 months ago
That is an artemisia species...not sure which one.
5 months ago
Caesar, I think you’re right. You posted earlier about eBay seller “Uncle Chan” selling D. alata as D. esculenta. Well, a while back, I purchased a purple D. esculenta from an eBay seller in Thailand and when it finally sprouted, it wound up being Ube, a purple D. alata. Anyway, about 5 months ago I ordered D. esculenta from Uncle Chan and it finally arrived today. It’s purple and it’s already sprouting. I’m not 100% yet but, here in about a week or two, after it grows a few inches, I’ll know if it’s an Ube also. Oh well, it was worth a shot. I was really looking forward to that being a D. esculenta. The only one I have just woke up from a 4 month sleep about 3 weeks ago and is, so far, my least vigorous Dioscorea.
5 months ago
I think you’re right rob. It looks like a blue passionflower, Passiflora caerulea.
5 months ago
Yeah, once the flowers get pollinated they will set fruit. Each flower that gets pollinated will produce a fruit so,....it looks like you’re going to have a ton of fruit soon. I like to pop the fruit open and scoop the inards out into a pitcher of water. After about a day or so, the seeds will slip from the gelatinous pulp then you can strain the seeds from the fruit/water mixture, add some sugar to the mixture and you’ll have a lemonade like refreshing summer drink.
5 months ago
I’ve been growing plectranthus rotundafolius for a while now and it crops out pretty while come harvest time but I’d like to know what the difference in yield is between the two. Does anyone have experience with these two root crops or know where I can get a plectranthus esculentus so I can do my own trials? Thanks y’all.
5 months ago
It looks like you need to give the lemon tree some Epsom salts. That’ll green it up.
5 months ago