Plantidote of the Day 2012-02-27
Yes, another mystery plant, and it might be a tough one. This fern-like plant with little purple flowers was growing wild here (Zone 10, Southern California), so I brought one home and planted it in a shady spot in the backyard. That was two years ago. Now the offspring are turning up in potted plants all over the yard. I don't know how they got there, but they did it on their own. Spores maybe?
The stem in the center of the image above is a small avocado tree trunk, only about the size of my thumb. The flower is 1/2" - 3/4" across, very delicate little things. The scary-looking spines on the stem are actually soft and harmless. The plants remind me of something growing in an enchanted forest, mostly because they're so unlike most of the other Zone 10 vegetation. Any ideas about what these plants could be? (Click on the image for a larger view of the details.)
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