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#96536 November 30th, 2006 at 01:04 PM
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I inherited this plant from my mother, who thought she killed it in her office and didn't want it anymore. it's grown a lot of new leaves, and lost a lot of old ones. does anyone have any suggestions as to what it might be? the leaves turn quite crispy and dry at the ends, so i'm trying to figure out what i'm doing wrong. overwatering? here are a few pictures
thanks for any help!

amy

ps. i'm not sure if i did the photos correctly, so i apologise if this comes out funny.

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Amy, I edited your links, as they didn't connect..

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But Amy did put the re~did the pictures, so....
~~~>Go to below for pictures..

#96537 November 30th, 2006 at 09:36 PM
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Amy, it looks like your links are taking us to a main page of a photo lab or something, instead of your pictures for some reason. If one of those is the plant, which one?

Dianna

#96538 November 30th, 2006 at 10:03 PM
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Amy,
I can't Duh find the Mystery plant either..
Can you fine tune it for us.. thumbup

We cool love luv good shk mysteries...

#96539 December 1st, 2006 at 01:36 AM
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oops! I thought I checked after I posted and it worked. very wrong.

Here is a new try, but let me describe the plant too. The leaves are a medium purple colour, about 10cm long at their max, and the veins are a dark green. The leaves grow symmetrically (not alternating) and fairly close together. The plant has gotten very long and spindly, and it can't support itself upright. As the leaves get older, they get very dry and grey at the ends and along the edges.

Thanks again!
amy

full shot of mystery plant

close up

#96540 December 1st, 2006 at 03:05 AM
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I don't know what that is, pumpie, but it sure looks pretty!

#96541 December 1st, 2006 at 03:09 AM
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Some one will know,
we've had that here before,
but for the life of me,
I can't remember right this sec..

#96542 December 1st, 2006 at 06:50 AM
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Hi pumpie, wavey
Your plant is Strobilanthes dyerianus ("Persian shield")
There is some great info at this site , including the following;
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Persian shield is difficult to maintain indoors since it needs bright light,
high humidity, and warm temperatures.
There are several things that might cause the crispy leaf edges and ends,
my guess would be low humidity levels. wink

#96543 December 1st, 2006 at 07:22 AM
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well, i gave up on my google skills too soon. my friend found it. it's persian shield, strobilanthes dyerianus. it sounds like it needs more water, not less. i also need to prune it, but i'm not sure how. when i'm supposed to cut it back, does this mean from the tips? where there's new growth? i guess i'll post in a different area now, but i thought i'd solve my own mystery here.

amy
persian shield info


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