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    Can anyone identify this?

    John_NY
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    In case anyone's interested, it's Hamelia patens, Hummingbird Bush, or Firebush.
    John_NY
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    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/c.../firebush.html

    Hmmm...sounds like a good candidate for Kansas; wonder why I haven't seen it here. It can't be a zone issue or else it wouldn't be growing in NY. How is it propagated John ?
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    John,
    How are you getting that to grow up there? I am in Zone 8b Florida, and they kill to the ground here every winter.
    Mark A. Cook
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    No, it doesn't grow (outside) here. Everything goes into the greenhouses for the winter. But there are a lot of things that are considered annuals here, that certainlty last a lot longer in milder climes (and in my houses) I've seen geraniums (pelargoniums) with four inch trunks, in the Azores islands, and I have self sown impatiens and tomatoes that are at least six years old in the greenhouses.
    John_NY
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    John,
    Firebush kills to the ground here every winter, so I don't know if it will last long, or will get killed back once too often. Geraniums and Impatiens don't last very long here.
    Mark A. Cook
    USDA Zone 8b, Sunset Zone 28
    Dunnellon, FL.

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