Time to start bringing things indoors. It's been fun watching my tropicals flourish and grow while enjoying the summer sun. Now they'll have to make due with strip lights and a crowded plant table for the winter months. I am already looking forward to spring.
What a cool find! While on a mountain biking ride in the woods, I came across this "fungus flower". I thought it was so interesting. It is a Monotropa uniflora, also known as Indian Pipe or Ghost Plant. I was even more excited when I learned that it is a relatively rare occurrence. It is an herbaceous perennial, recently grouped in the same family as azaleas and rhododendrons. There's a short article about it on Wikipedia. What a wonderful little flower!
I bought this years ago as a very small plant from a catalog. It was sold to me as a Billbergia nutans, but I think this is an incorrect identification. The flowers are not the same as photos I have seen of B. nutans (Queen's Tears).
I will try to find out what this plant actually is, but regardless - it is beautiful and impressive and I love it!
**UPDATE** I think I have narrowed this down to a Billbergia kuhlmanii, or perhaps Billbergia zebrina. If anyone knows for sure, please advise.
I'm Bri. I am currently a student in the Landscape Design and Landscape Horticulture programs at Oakland Community College in Michigan. Once I acquire these degrees I plan on furthering my education - Michigan State University, perhaps?
I love visiting greenhouses, botanic gardens, and nurseries, though I try to limit my visits because I can NEVER seem to leave without making a purchase. What better career for me to pursue than one that allows me to be outdoors and to be creative?
I have found my path - join me on my journey as I learn and "grow"!