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Just hanging out at Rare Plant Research, no biggie

Monday 27 September 2010 - Filed under Nurseries + Plants

Rare Plant Research
Usually, when I go to Rare Plant Research, it is during the annual spring sale where they are open to the public. It always seems to be roasting those days. And of course all us garden fanatics are elbowing for the good stuff – think H&M the day a new collection launches (well, almost). It’s not to be missed, but it’s a serious affair. You can’t be holding up the line ogling the plants and taking endless close ups, you grab your plants up before it’s too late.

This time, I was lucky. I was there on official plant lust business. Official business means I get to go there and have the place all to myself, left to my own devices to crawl around, camera in hand, getting shots of each and every plant. They’re not a retail nursery so the plants aren’t all labeled, so I did my very best detective work figuring out which plant was which and now have a nearly complete plant lust set of the plants in the RPR catalog – check it out. I am still desperately seeking photos of some of the more elusive plants, but I’ll search high and low until I find them.

I forget what this is
I forget what this plant was, I’m working on a positive identification, but how cool is this? These exotic looking flowers growing straight out off the soil.

 Alluadia procera aka Madagascan Ocotillo
I like the looks of it, but I really love the description of Alluaudia procera: Native to the South coast of Madagascar where it forms forests in which Lemurs play. Lemurs playing? I want to go to there. A lot.

Myrmecodia tuberosa (ant plant)
Not quite as adorable as playful lemurs, but the ant plant, aka Myrmecodia tuberosa, is a home to ants in the wild. They live in the hollowed out caudex and protect the plant from predators. Stinging ants. So if you come across one in the wild, you know, look out.

pachypodium variety?
I haven’t figured out what this is yet, some sort of pachypodium, I think, but which one, I’m not sure. How amazing, though.

Zingiber 'Midnight'
Compared to the more exotic plants I’d seen that day, Zingiber ‘Midnight’ looked like it would be more at home in our climate, and might want to come home with me. Zone 9, though. Maybe if we have a mild winter?

rare plant research greenhouse
I’m starting to like this new job of mine.

2010-09-27  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. tina
    28 September 2010 @ 10:02 am

    Exotic plants are us indeed. I’ve never even seen or heard of these. I can imagine walking in a jungle somewhere. Wow. I know you were loving it indeed.

    Your garden below looks good. On that elephant ear bulb maybe after it has been in the ground a while it will outperform the others and surprise you.

  2. Grace
    28 September 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Congrats on the new job, Megan. You lucky, lucky gal! And indeed a biggie. That orange flower looks like a hypericum of some kind–just a guess. Very cool plant indeed.

  3. Jane / MulchMaid
    30 September 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    We like this new job of yours, too. And we look forward to even more cool listings on Plantlust.

  4. Victoria
    30 September 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I bet you’re liking that new job of yours! Amazing looking plants. Not ones I want, they look way too exotic to live around here, but the pics are great!

  5. Janet
    15 October 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Plant lust business?? And you get paid for that? Cool!!! Love the plants, such fun shapes and sizes.