They like it hot, hot and hotter. Cool weather tells the plants it's time to die.
It would be so nice to start a new political party. Maybe name it, The Tea Party II for Americans, not racist anti-American douches that hate their neighbors? We need to reform our politics, not make them more partisan and dumber.
Perhaps it is partially due to the dense foliage surrounding it, but Japanese D. indica has much longer internodes. Cultivated specimens grown in full sun also exhibit similar growth.
The way the stem bends at the ground is also interesting. If one looks carefully, one can notice that the plant is actually growing at a different location than where it has rooted. Such linear movement of the plant I have not seen with Japanese D. indica in situ.
Nice photos. I need better cameras that I can carry around (and also sold at budget prices
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