Bed of Nails
I have just received a plant labeled "Bed of Nails" at a plant swap. I've tried to find out something - anything - about this plant and have come up dry. It looks like something that might be useful for anyone who has a problem with deer.
What I have is a seedling, only 2" high. It has five leaves on it so far and they are each about 2" long and 1" wide, roughly shaped like a poinsettia leaf. The center vein running down each leaf has thumbtack-like projections coming out all the way down the vein, both front and back. the stem also has these thorny projections coming out. All in all, the thing looks like a meat eater to me.
I hesitate to plant it in the ground and encourage it until I know that I am not going to end up with some vicious plant that is too thorny to pull out and dispose of once it gets some size on it. Has anyone ever seen a plant like this or heard of "Bed of Nails"? Carmellia