Or maybe you saw photos on Gerhard Bock's blog (here). As Gerhard points out... "The flowers on this plant [the Ruth Bancroft Garden plant] are particularly attractive because of the purple picotee effect. Typically, Hesperoyucca whipplei flowers are creamy white, with no contrasting color."
Well those of you who follow Portland's @linda.callahan on Instagram know that the RBG isn't the only one with a fancy Hesperaloe whipplei (syn. Yucca whipplei) bloom happening. Here's a photo from her plant's early bloom-days, posted by Linda on May 4th...
And here's what it looked like when I stopped by for a viewing on May 7th.
Pretty gorgeous don't you think?
Here's the very tip top of the spike, still closed up tight.
And here's a context photo, although in hindsight I should have pulled back a little further so you could see more of Linda's fab garden.
Why? Because I want to tempt those of you who are locals —and HPSO members—to plan to take advantage of an open garden event she's having next weekend (the 15th and 16th). Check the weekly HPSO email or log onto the website and search the open garden's feature for Linda Callahan. She'll also have a few spiky plants available for purchase (adoption?) during the open so you will DEFINITELY want to go.
Based on how fantastic Linda's plant —and it's bloom—look I am oh so tempted to put it in the ground. On the other hand this is one of the sharpest, meanest, plants in my collection and I am just not sure where I can put it that it won't fatally injure someone...Weather Diary, May 10: Hi 71, Low 49/ Precip 0
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