Petal Pushing

Jul 12, 2010
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One of my favorite Southern California flowers is the Agapanthus. It is commonly called “Lily of the Nile” but the name is misleading — it’s not a lily and all species are native to South Africa, particularly the region of the Limpopo River . (Not a Lily of the Limpopo? Now that’s a great name for a flower!) When I first moved to Los Angeles my roommate and I thought the lanky, tufty-headed things looked like magic wands so we called them Wicca Sticks. I overheard my neighbor refer to them as “those feather duster flowers.” Little Bit thinks they look like pompoms. Whatever they are, they sure add a festive note to summer gardens. What do you think they should be called?

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