Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Flowers guaranteed to give me nightmares
I went to move my container of Astelia nervosa 'Westland' the other day. This usually involves bending over with my face directly above the plant and lifting it up towards me. That’s about when I almost dropped it. Yikes! There were “things” coming out of the center of my plant! Creepy crawly things. Wait, no…actually those are just flowers (if you can call them that). I think these might be the ugliest flowers I’ve ever seen in my garden. I looked the plant up on the San Marcos Growers website to see what they had to say… “as with other Astelia the male and female flowers are on separate plants (Monecious), neither are showy and are usually down in the foliage.” “Not showy” is an understatement. I wonder if mine is a boy plant or a girl plant?