Friday, August 6, 2010

A tropical paradise

Being a Master Gardener has a lot of perks. Not only do I get to meet great people with various areas of garden expertise, but occasionally, I get to pick up small divisions of garden gems.

This year's winner was a small clump of Imperial Taro (Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris') with just a small bit of Papyrus sedge (Cyperus papyrus). The combination is truly wonderful. The Papyrus has wispy fronds at the tops of long arching stems like giant green dandelions. These fronds float above the large dark leaves of the Colocasia 'Illustris'.

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The only downside of this combination is the amount of water that these two need to really show their stuff. If not watered frequently enough, both will bow their heads and wilt. Leaving a sad looking container.
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