March 30, 2009

Special Acquisition, but what is it?

I bought this amazing plant at the Zilker Botanical Garden Festival, and I think it deserves a post of its own:

I was told that it was a Dutchman's Pipe, but looking through images of "dutchman's pipe" reveals that it is NOT Dutchman's Pipe. It looks like a pothos or philodendron kind of climber. It sends out saxophone shaped shoots with a cluster of leaves at the end of each stem. There are roots along the stems and for each new plant being sent out. Mine doesn't have one, but they send out stalks of small white blossoms from the top.

Here are some close-ups:

Stems:This was the largest one, and I got it for only $15 which seems like a steal. I've never seen this plant before. Anyone know what it is?

Edit: Many thanks to Cathy, the super sleuth! It is a Callisia fragrans (the Basket Plant).


  1. It looks like it's in the inch plant family
    (wandering Jew plant)

  2. Hey Hanna,

    that is a Dutchman's Pipe, from the photo it looks the same as on this blog:

  3. I love challenges on finding a name, It is a
    basket plant: Callisia fragrans

  4. Holy cows! You found it!!!! Are you a super sleuth? because I'm super impressed. Thank you!

  5. It's not Dutchman's pipe. I have one and it's a vine with large heart-shaped leaves so named because teh almost insignificant flowers look like a small pipe.

    Unless there's two plants out there with the same name.

  6. I am tempted by anything green this time of year. I don't always know what it is. Just that I have to have it!


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