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September 13, 2012 12:15 PM   Subscribe

What kind of plant is this? Not-so-green thumb needs to know!

Ned is my oldest botanical companion. He has survived months without water (thoughtless college years) and neurotic overwatering (anxious grad school years) and now he's loving the south-facing window of my entryway.

He is a succulent. I have no vocabulary to describe him. ...Bushy? Long, thin, tube-like leaves? Are they leaves? Help!

In January he has cute little yellow flowers!

I would love to know what, exactly, he is. Although I will still call him Ned.
posted by Isingthebodyelectric to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Pencil cactus
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:34 PM on September 13, 2012


Thanks, MrMoonPie - while it is not a pencil cactus (my description isn't very accurate - the stems are made up of small segments), searching that helped me find the true species -

Rhipsalis salicornioides! Also known as "Dancing Bones Cactus" and "Drunkard's Dream," which are kind of the best names ever. Yay!
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 12:46 PM on September 13, 2012


Ned's a drunkard's dream!
Really, that's one of the common names. The stem segments act like leaves, performing photosynthesis and storing water, and Ned should survive just about any climate short of being stuck in the freezer. If you ever feel like giving Ned grand-plants, just take a few cuttings. Here's a guide.
posted by VelveteenBabbitt at 12:49 PM on September 13, 2012


Ooh, thanks Velveteen! I may just do that! I have just taken cuttings for the first time of other plants so I'm feeling more confident. About... taking our relationship to the next level. :)
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 3:42 PM on September 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


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