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plantidote of the Day 2011-11-14

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Mystery plant

This image is just a teeny tiny part of a big shrub, which you can see more of below. It's growing in a botanical garden here in Zone 10 that specializes in warm climate plants, so there are a lot of Mediterranean, Australian and African specimens. Usually each plant has a name plate, but this one's seemed to be missing. Or it was overrun by the plant.

Whatever this is, bees absolutely love it. (You can actually see a bee inside one of the flowers on the lower left of the image above). Below you can see more of the overall plant. It's pretty big -- about 20 feet wide and maybe six feet tall at its highest point.

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Look familiar? (Click on either image to expand and see details better.)

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