Sunday, 30 September 2012

Brazilian Edelweiss

Another funny ball plant... I picked up this Brazilian Edelweiss recently after reading on the label that the "corm" (partially above-ground bulb) grows to 30cm in diameter! This only happens after a period of 15 years, but along with its strange fuzzy leaves, I was intrigued enough to take it home with me. When it shed its two flowers recently, the remaining base of each flower sprouted two very eerily eyeball-like spheres of clear, liquid sap. Now when I look at my Brazilian Edelweiss, it looks back at me! Every day the eyeballs seem to be getting bigger... Surely this is just a normal springtime process for this funny, alien-looking plant, and it will stop looking so much like tiny faces soon!

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