Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Freaky Plant

Remember a month or so ago I went to the South Coast Botanic Garden and picked up a few succulents? Most went in the rock garden and are doing well.
This succulent is one that I sort of splurged on ($8 vs the $4 or so of the others), but it was so interesting I couldn't resist. This one is called a "Huernia Keniensis" and is a native to Kenya. It has a nicknname of "Dragon Flower". I just kept it on the windowsill in the kitchen and gave it a little drink of water now and then. About a week ago I noticed a little bud thing coming out and then the freakiest flower blossomed!
Here's an extreme close-up. Sort of gross and beautiful at the same time.

Don't stick your finger in there!

Speaking of the South Coast Botanic Garden... Shakespeare Festival/LA takes place there once again this summer--July 23 through 27. This year, they will be doing "Taming of the Shrew". This isn't a normal Shakespearean performance. What they do is take one of the Bard's plays and set it into a contemporary setting. Last year it was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in the 1930's Jazz community of South Central Los Angeles. Before that was "Twelfth Night" which was set in the arts community of Venice Beach. Hard to explain, but it works. Just go.


LA Farm Girl said...

Wow, you are right, it is kind of gross and beautiful at the same time! Can't wait to see what it looks like after its bloomed.

Ms. Farm Girl

MaryRuth said...

Judi....this IS the blossom! I didn't take a photo of the bud thing...that too looked sort of weird, I didn't know what it was. Other plants of this species have similar blossoms, reds, yellows...

LA Farm Girl said...

Very interesting, it never ceases to amaze me how weird and wonderful nature is. It sounds like you are enjoying the new rock garden!