Thursday, May 16, 2019

Anigozanthos, aka kangaroo paw

I think I'm going to try something new. On the days that I don't plan to publish a regular—yes, sometimes lengthy—blog post I'll just share a random photo. I have so many! Today's photo, a deep red Anigozanthos.

Sometimes I'll include a random tidbit with the photo, sometimes not.

Today I have a random tidbit for you. From the Wiki page on anigozanthos: "Research has been conducted that indicates the spores from the plant could regenerate and reactive skin firmness as it targets the young cells at the source with increased collagen output." I clicked on the citation for that interesting possibility and was taken to another site, The Day Salon: "KANGAROO FLOWER. Who knew that was a thing? Not me. But I liked the sound of them. Actually the full name is kangaroo paw flower, they come from (brace yourselves for the big reveal) Australia, and they can’t get enough of them in California. Or Japan. Or at Clarins, as it turns out, because the exotic, deep-red blooms are a key ingredient in their new, Extra-Firming Day and Night Creams."

I wonder if just rubbing a flower around your face would have any effect? I haven't bought one yet this year, I guess now I have to, in the name of science...

16 comments:

  1. They keep finding new ingredients to keep us looking youthful. Alas, gardener's spend so much time outside in the elements I think it would take a miracle for our skin to live up to the promo. Super cool plant though!

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    1. So true, our gardener's skin is subject to many harmful things.

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  2. I have a feeling rubbing one around your face would probably just make you sneeze. I've grown them as annuals in the past, they're such cool flowers. Last year the one I got from Little Prince flowered all summer as long as I kept it watered.

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    1. And the one I got from LPO never really did anything. I was disappointed.

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  3. I love this plant, esp. that deep, rich color of A. rufus. Interesting that it may have health benefits as well. It looks like it'd give one a rash!

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    1. Indeed, I wonder how they made the discovery?

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  4. How funny. I guess I need to take better care of my Kangaroo Paws.

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    1. There's a fountain of youth out there in your garden!

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  5. Oh no! Next thing, these plants will be facing extinction to keep us all looking young

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  6. Yes, in the name of science! Cool plant! I like your idea for posts.

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    1. I don't have a KP yet this year. I took these photos at one of the gardens we visited in Santa Barbara.

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  8. Sounds like nonsense to me. What would "spores from the plant" even mean? It's not a fern. Or a fungus. It is a flowering (obviously) plant.

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