Monday, 12 August 2013

Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Having mentioned the plant, Aeonium arboreum 'Schwarzkopf', as one of two plants that generate the most interest in the gardens, here is the other one, Gomphocarpus physocarpus. Mentioned in the blog entry of the 9th July 2009 'Fur Balls, Fishing Rods and a little bit of Passion', it is still causing quite a stir every year.

The small white, somewhat insignificant, flowers transform into large translucent, hairy balls or hairy balloons and it is this sight that causes all the enquiries. As with the Aeonium, this tall, tender plant will be lifted in October and repotted for its over winter storage in the greenhouse.

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