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Oct 15, 2012 4:58 PM CST
Name: david elliott
South Carolina (near the ocean
I stopped by one of our local Lowe's stores today ( not looking for plants or anything plant related) but as I entered the garden shop something caught my eye!!! It was this beautiful orange flower!!!! I stepped over to where the plants were sitting only to find that they had been marked down from $26.98 to a clearance price of $6.75. I had to stand there a minute and think to myself, "now if I get this where in the hell am I gonna put it" as the gh is maxed out as far as space goes. So I started thinking how I could move things around to accommodate this plant should I buy it. Of course I knew the whole time I was standing there that I WAS GOING TO BUY IT!!!! So now I am the proud owner of not one but two of these whatever they are!!! One has the nice orange flowers as you see in the picture and the second one has a nice deep orange red colored bloom. I am guessing that this plant roots easily also as I noticed on many of it's branches that there are little clusters of roots already. I needed these like I need a hole in the head but at that price I wasn't going to pass them up!!!. Both are trained into standards and are pretty close to 5 feet tall. Any help with a positive ID would be greatly appreciated


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Oct 15, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I dunno...the flowers sure remind me of an Aesychanthus...until you mentioned the 5 ft tall part...and the leaves aren't them at all.
No idea what it is but it sure is beautiful!!
Oct 15, 2012 5:52 PM CST
Name: david elliott
South Carolina (near the ocean
It is quite pretty Lee Anne and I think I may have found a name for it. It's a Cape Honeysuckle. I hate when places like Lowes and Home Depot bring in all of these plants with no names or growing instructions.
Oct 17, 2012 8:17 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Cape Honeysuckle is kinda what I was thinking. We have a red one in our yard, Uhhh, 5 ft is conservative....and about 5 ft across. But that's in the ground, don't know that it will get that big in a pot. That yellow's really pretty !! and the Hummer's and Butterflies love it.
Oct 17, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Cape Honeysuckle is supposedly invasive here in Florida but I have one that has not really grown much. Mine gets orange flowers . May be I need to fertilize mine to get to grow bigger.I have not seen hummingbirds or butterflies on mine but it is supposed to attract both. Nectar is very sweet .
Oct 17, 2012 2:46 PM CST
Name: david elliott
South Carolina (near the ocean
MJ, I noticed today that the second plant has flowers open now. they are a deep orange red in color. The one in the photo above is a very bright tangerine orange. I don't know if these were the only 2 colors that were in the shipment that Lowes got or not. I have seen pictures of a canary yellow one as well. I may now have to start looking for that one!!!

Alka, some of the online reading that i did in regards to the growth habit of this plant says that it can be allowed to grow as a vine or trained into a standard (as mine have been by whatever nursery supplied them to Lowes) If allowed to grow as a vine and left uncontrolled it can reach lengths of up to 30 feet or more. Since space is an issue,mine will be maintained as they are as a small- medium tree specimen and they will be heavily pruned!!!!
Oct 17, 2012 4:30 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Think I might have to go have a look at our Lowe's....I really like that yellow !!
Oct 20, 2012 7:15 PM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Wow, whatever it is, the flowers are amazing! What a rich colour, and there's so many of them! Are they really large?


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