Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift'

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I didn't buy it only because it was cool (though it is);  I have an empty dry spot up on the slope just the size for this plant, and the Adenanthos was 30% off.  It's not an indulgence, it's destiny! 

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I once had another Adenanthos, Adenanthos sericeus, which I killed it some years ago.  I still feel bad about that because it was a gorgeous plant, looking rather like a shrubby conifer fashioned from silvery greeny silk.  My guess:  not enough water.  at that time, my definition of "low water needs" was decidedly more extreme than the acceptable definition of "low water needs".  Adenanthos sericeus is a plant endemic to dry areas of Australia, but to coastal areas.  Meaning it undoubtedly needed more water than I ever gave it, which was none.  My bad. 

There was, at least a few years ago, a spectacular Adenanthos seiceus planted at the Long Beach aquarium, outdoors on the way to the sea lion tank.  Now that I consider it, that location--right off the ocean--must have been ideal for the Adenanthos.  No wonder it was thriving there.   That specimen prompted me to buy my own, which I then let die of thirst.  (I pause for a moment to cringe.) 

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While meeting my 30% off destiny, my chance at reconciliation with the genus Adenanthos, I once again had to ogle this Agave I cannot identify, which has grown rapidly in the mild luxury of Roger's Corona del Mar location.  Another silvery beauty.

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Now, to plant the Adenanthos.  This one, I will water. 

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  1. Beautiful! I also love the Ketchup and Mustard Rose! Very pretty!

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  2. That was one of the plants highlighted at the San Marcos talk! What a score! And believe it or not, my youngest has volunteered at the LB aquarium for years, I've been comped lots of visits, but never noticed any plants so rare. (P.S. I had a feeling Hoover was up in years. Thanks for letting me know. 16 is an amazing amount of years for such a big dog. Our newf mix Toby made it to 13. Beloved beasts, every one.)

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  3. Pretty cool score, eh? See if that Adenanthos is still there next you are at the Aquarium. It was beautiful.

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