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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-15

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coral tree blossom

Erythrina caffra

Kaffirboom coral tree

What better way to celebrate Plantidote's first anniversary than by updating an earlier story. Back in April, the Plantidote of the Day was the Kaffirboom coral tree, a spectacular South African import that loses its leaves in the spring, then bursts into bloom with dozens of bright orange-red flowers on the mostly bare branches.

At the time of the original post, I had only two photos -- one was bad and the other was really bad. But today there's a better one available. So this should give you a better idea of why coral trees can stop traffic. There might be more handsome trees, but nothing quite as showy and unusual as this one. Enjoy!!

Readers, please send twig ( images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chanterelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.

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