Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Bit Late, Unusual House Plant

The strange weather has produced a late crop of moor-hen chicks, sweet and fluffy but have they got time to grow up before the inevitable winter?

This little treasure sprouted in a house plant pot decades ago, I have no idea where from, and it was many years before I identified it, in a display at the Chelsea Flower Show as a rare specimen. It's very easy to grow, decorative with exuberant near fluorescent green stem-leaves, and understated flowers, tidily dies back to bulbs for the winter. It should be featured in the RHS magazine's "Plants that should be better known"  feature. It's called Bowiea volubilis, would be nice to think David Bowie was related, but of course that's not his real name!

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