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Janet ChJanet Ch Posts: 5
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 I got a sprig of this (picture inserted above)as part of a bouquet last October.  I've had it in water but the leaves never seem to die and it hasn't grown any roots--does anyone know what it is? Thanks

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025

    Looks a bit like eucalyptus Janet, but hard to tell from the pic as it's not too clear. It's often used in bouquets. Is the foliage bluey green?  image

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  • Hester ScottHester Scott Posts: 181

    Leaves look a bit on the long side but it could be myrtle.  Queen Victoria had it in her wedding bouquet.  If you crush a leaf is it fragrant?

  • It's not eucalyptus.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861

    If it hasnt grown any roots and the leaves and flowers are still on it from last October, are you sure its not artificial

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Janet ChJanet Ch Posts: 5

    Not bluey green--just a clear leaf green. I did think at first it was artificial because none of the leaves seemed to drop off the stem, but then I saw it was frequently growing tiny buds in the centre of the underside of the leaves,

     

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,293

    It looks like florist's myrtle to me - often used as a  filler in bouquets http://www.wholeblossoms.com/flowers/myrtle-filler-green-1112.html

     

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  • Janet ChJanet Ch Posts: 5

    Thank you. I clicked on the link and found Israeli Ruscuson the same page.  Wondering if it's that rather than florist's Myrtle?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,293

    Possibly, although I was going by the little flowers as well - why not take it along to a florist and ask?image

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  • Janet ChJanet Ch Posts: 5

    I googled Israeli Ruscuson and found a picture very much like mine. It said the plant is also called butcher's broom and the leaves are in fact flattened stems which is why it looks like the buds grow out the centre of the leaves.  A strange plant.  I wonder if it will eventually root if I keep it in water.

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