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Re: Cast iron plant


Jim,
You mean that slugs actually have a reason for being?
Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2004 5:20 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Cast iron plant


> Hi. Has anyone seen the cast iron plant [Aspidistra elator] bloom?
> Smelled the flowers? I've always considered then funeral parlor plants.
> Somber. Dark green, erect spear-like leaves. Put them in pots and
> forget about them--they'll take all sorts of neglect and abuse.
>
> Down here they are used in landscaping in shady areas. And today I
> discovered three things about them. First they bloom, given the right
> conditions [which I haven't figured out yet]; the flower looks a lot
> like a small crinum lily flower, actually a cluster of small tubular
> flowers.
>
> Second, the fragrance of the flower is fantastic, quite jasmine-like.
> It is reported to be most fragrant at night, but my source says even
> during the day one can smell them from 8 feet. The dead one he brought
> into the office--it had been riding in his truck most of the day--had
> plenty of fragrance.
>
> And three, their pollinators are [hope you're ready for this] snails
> and slugs. No wonder they never set seed in funeral parlors.
>
> Guess I'm going to have to plant one of those. But not tomorrow.
> Tomorrow, I'm going down to ECHO to buy a couple of Brazilian cherries
> to add to the orchard.
>
>
>
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
>
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