The Cape of Good Hope is one of the richest floral regions in the world. Hundreds of original species grow there, among them beautiful lobelia with heavenly blue little flowers. If their size hardly impresses anyone, their number definitely do. When in full bloom, it takes a while to find green leaves hidden under a thick blanket of delicate moth-like flowers whose striking blue shades and tones are just unbelievable, to say the least. Who wants more excitement can easily get it through growing this lovely jewel plant in their garden. Satisfaction guaranteed!
What is the relationship between Santa Barbara and Mexican fleabane ? It is hard to say. Holy persons are to attract attention whereas fleabane has long been reputed to drive away fleas, at least Mexican ones. Both names, however, refer to a small herbaceous plant Santa Barbara had probably never heard of, before she became its patron saint: Erigeron karvinskianus. The Latinized name karvinskianus has a less heavenly origin as it was coined to commemorate one of the most outstanding minds of the XIX century: Baron Wilhelm Friedrich von Karwinsky von Karwin, whose vast interests in nature made him visit Brazil and Mexico. There he noticed and described a lot of new species, one of them was a daisy- like graceful plant, the protagonist of today's post. And fleas? They had been absent at that time driven away to remote places. Who knows whether or not Santa Barbara was involved in that exodus?
I was destined to be born gardener. In order to become a professional one I had to enjoy years of studying at various schools and universities... read more