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Joined: Tue Jan 24th, 2012
Location: Spring Branch [north Of San Antonio], Texas USA
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Plant Expert Needed!   [definition of an Expert: former drip under pressure]

I have a number of Bachmann Big Hauler Gondola cars.  They are about 3 1/2 inches by 15 inches.  I would like some Small flowering plants that I can put in them and run them at Train Shows and other events.  I live in the south central Texas area just north of San Antonio.

I have been to a number of plant and garden shops in the area.  Their 'small plants' are 4 inches to 6 inches tall and 3 inches to 4 inches wide.

Yesterday I found a 2 inch tall flowering plant in my front lawn and put it in a small flower pot.

Can anyone identify this plant?  Do you know where I can get seeds for it so I can plant them to be in flower for each train show during the year?

Here it is in the gondola:

I would plant 15 or so plants in each car.

Right now I have these plants I have to run but they will get way to big to keep running.  This car is 3 1/2 inches by 9 inches:



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Pretty hard to tell, but it looks somewhat like cat mint.  Or it could be some species of camas.


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FWIW, those cacti you have for the gondola will not likely grow very much.  unless you have experience with them otherwise.  i have never seen them grow much at all.  if you did not know, the colorful top portion has been grafted onto the bottom portion.

Grafted Ruby Ball cacti

Any chance you can get a better, more focused pic of the original plant to ID?  I will help if I can.

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