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Most Unusual January 22, 2009

Posted by liajo in garden thoughts and ideas.
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Most people think of native plants as being kind of plain jane’s.  And let’s face it, we all like the shock effect every now and then.  Who wouldn’t want to have the most unusual plants on the block.

But think before you order and plant.  One of my seed catalogs has a most unusual flower called the Bat flower and it is different.  It’s almost black which is different and has bracts that look like whiskers on a cat that almost reach the ground.  Most unusual.

There are a few problems though, the plant is native of China, which is a long way from Colorado.  It’s zones are 10-11 and prefers high humidity, so about the only place it would do well is my bathroom.  The cost isn’t unreasonable at about $10, but that’s still a lot when it’s a pretty sure bet the plant won’t live 6 months.

So as much as I would like to be the first on my block to have a Bat flower, I’ll take a pass and look for some of the plain jane plants that will not only do well in Colorado but thrive for years to come.