Wednesday, August 3, 2011

a gem’s flower

this plastic-looking plant originated from africa.
the leaves have a waxy appearance and is often mistaken as a faux plant. 
visitors in our home usually touch the leaves, inspect it, and ask mom if it is a real plant.
believed to be a good luck charm, it is actually commonly known as “welcome plant” usually placed at house or establishment entrances.
 our ZZ gem came from one single plant given to my mom by her neighbour
which mom made a good job propagating.
she propagated over 50 of these, many of them given to our family friends and relatives.
mom likes sharing plants especially if she knows it will bring good luck to the recipients.
she was told that this plant is better given than bought
and that both the recipient and giver will have good luck especially in terms of money.
the plant never fails to amaze us,
besides it beautiful leaves to boot and its being almost impossible to kill
(the plant really thrives on neglect, very little water, and a bit of sunshine),
it also gave us this strange-looking flower.
not the most beautiful flower one would expect from such beautiful plant,
but it has its own charm that matches the leaves,
complement it rather than overpower its true beauty which lies in its leaves. 
at present, almost all of our ZZ plants are in bloom.
once the blooms are spent and the weather is fine,
i will be propagating some of my ZZs to spread the good luck.
happy gardening!


The Ebullient Gardener said...

What a unique and beautiful plant! I have never heard of that before! I think the bloom is very interesting and your right, it has it own sort of beauty! The story of it being welcoming and good luck is also very intesresting. Thanks for sharing! Happy Gardening! Mindy

ANGEL said...

thanks for the visit mindy! :) happy gardening!


PlantPostings said...

Wow, that is a nifty plant! And I love your blog! The Rose at the top is absolutely luscious!

ANGEL said...

thanks plantposting :) it is my favorite rose in the garden.
happy gardening!

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