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Post #3 Independent Garden Center Show 2008, Chicago
I saw a new indoor plant from Kraft Gardens with a tag that read, "Fool the Police with this Look-Alike!"
I had to take a closer look at the suspicious looking plant to understand the tag, so I made my inspection.
I couldn't believe the uncanny resemblance this vining Anthurium polyschitum (cleverly named "Tweed") had to Cannabis sativa– commonly known as "weed!"
This was not your ordinary, innocent-looking anthurium.
Kraft Gardens, vining Anthurium, "Tweed" is a hybrid from the Netherlands
I'm not a fan of any kind of weed myself, but I really like the way this anthurium looks.
The Tweed anthurium is a tall, lush vining plant that can be placed in a bright spot indoors, though direct sunlight is discouraged.
Tweed is comfortable in 65-80-degree rooms, just as I am, so I think we will get along just fine!
Anthurium, is a large genus of about 600- 800 (possibly 1,000) species, belonging to the arum family and is native to Central and South America.
A tropical plant, the anthurium is equally at home in the sheltered greenhouses of Netherlands, where this special variety is grown.
Unlike other anthuriums, Tweed is grown for its foliage and not flowering habit and is very elegant.
At the very least, it makes for a great ice breaker!
Watch my Garden Center TV video coverage of this new indoor plant.
I also previewed a new line of Dracaena marginatas from Kraft that boast "beautiful legs" like this "Marginata Candelabra Colorama" with candelabra shaped limbs.
Many Indoor plant fans are familiar with the tall foliage plant, dracaena marginata, often used as a specimen plant to soften corners, large walls and anchor plant groupings.
The dracaena makes a great focal point, but I'm not a fan of the way it grows, exposing it's lanky bare limbs.
I must not be the only person who feels this way, because Kraft Gardens has introduced a new line of dracaenas that boast decorative, shapely legs that will help me overcome this objection.
Kraft Gardens "Marginata Braid" dracaena
Kraft's "Marginata Candelabra Red Prince" dracaena
Dracaena marginatas do well in a shady spot in the room-areas that usually need a little oomph!
The dracaena is relatively easy to care for as long as you keep the soil moist at all times and can tolerate slightly cooler room temperatures- around 55*F or so.
I envision some of these sculptural dracaenas against contrasting colored walls.
Kraft Gardens offers a variety of variegated leaf colors ranging from reds, greens and cream.
The dramatic foliage makes an art statement and is an alternative to nonliving art with the added benefit of helping to purify the air.
Have you seen "Tweed" at your independent garden center or the beautifully limbed dracaenas?
Have you bought any of them?
What's your opinion on these plants?
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