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 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.
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.
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.
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?
2010-09-27 » megan