Yeah, yeah, I know, I promised Botanic Garden photos, and they still aren't coming... hopefully tomorrow night I'll sit and write something :), but for now... my cool plant...
I was given this plant last year by one of my friends in my orchid society, and she told me that she'd gotten it, named as "Dinosaur Plant" from a friend of her's way back when, and she's had it ever since. Well, after a bit of searching, and the wonderful help of a dear friend of mine, I got it identified as Ruscus hypoglossum. I've been doing a bit of research on it (yeah, I know, big surprise on that fact) and I've learnt a heap of stuff.
|The plant was absolutely covered in flowers|
The only thing this beauty has in common with my beloved orchids is that they are both classified, way back there, as being Asparagales, but that's about their closest commonality.
Now, this lovely plant here, is apparently native to Western Europe all the way through to Iran. It's common name is Butchers Broom because apparently the butchers used to use the bunches of these to scrub their benches and floors. And according to Cambridge, Caesar's Laurel Crown was made of this same species.
Some places say is flowers in spring, some say in summer, some say autumn, but in my shade house, I've seen if flower all year round, and sequentially blooms on the same flower spikes, so don't remove them.
Well, I'm off to bed,