Everything gets to be dewy and succulent for a moment, however brief.
And if you play it right, it’s just enough. (Barely.)
I cut some of my older leaves off the tetrapanax just yesterday. I have the cultivar known as ‘Steroidal Giant’, and you could have used some of the bug eaten leaves as umbrellas.
That last leaf reminds me of my Fatsia foliage more than my Tetrapanax foliage which is, knock on wood, still happy. It seems like my Fatsia leaves have a higher mortality rate. Large leafed plants are so cool aren’t they?
Neighbors down the street have a veritable grove of them. One day I’m going to screw up my courage and beg at their door for a small division. I think it’s ‘Steroidal Giant’, and I NEED it.
Les, I’m still apprehensive about unleashing the species here in zone 10, much less one name ‘Steroidal Giant’!
Grace, I can’t believe you have this plant tucked away in your garden too. How do you do it?
Jane, as soon as this starts running, I can send some on to you unless you really NEED the SG.
Really, Denise? I’d love it, thank you! Now I’ll be wishing for a bad thing in your garden next summer…
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