Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I.D.required

Thanks to Susan at Simply Susan, for helping me identify this plant
with its lovely seed pod.





She steered me toward this website: http://www.flwildflowers.com/gallery/,
which has a treasure trove of information on Florida wildflowers. Learning something new always propels me to research even more. There is so much great information on the web just for the asking. This green-thumb wannabe never tires of finding out everything I can
to enhance my daily meditative practice in the garden.
When the garden is in harmony, it can't help but envelope everything around it.
I think that's why I visit Susan's and Meem's gardens so often. They always have something to teach me and just seeing their gorgeous edens inspires me to keep learning and experimenting. Gardeners are a generous bunch in thought and deed.

The Crotalaria is a member of the pea family, and shares the name "rattlebox" with the moth. This species is Crotalaria spectabilis. It is poisonous to livestock because of its alkaloids. Its name comes from the same Latin name that rattlesnakes have. When the pods of the plant are ready to seed, one can shake the pod, which has changed from green to brown, and hear the seeds rattle around.