The history on this plant is, I got it from a seedling
growing under a mother plant at Ft Lauderdale International
Airport main parking lot. Whenever I go there to pick
up someone visiting, I park in the main parking lot.
This lot has these bushes surrounding it. The lot is
an open structure. There are large openings between
the parking area inside, and the outside area where
the plants grow. It is easy to spot a baby, bend over
the sill and dig out a "pup" as I call them.
These "pups" are small and easily removed
without any damage to the mother plant or the surrounding
dirt. Over the years I have started many of these plants
this way. The first two have already been replaced by
the two currently growing in my yard.
My back yard, where these plants reside, faces East.
Here I have very little blocking the brisk Easterly
breeze that is a constant here. Once the plants get
as big as the one in the picture you see, any serious
wind will blow them over. For this reason I always have
a second plant growing nearby the biggest one. When
the big one gets blown over, if not expecting a visitor
I will make a trip to the airport and get a "pup"
as replacement for the big plant that blew over.
I try to plant one at least every two years. To see more of my garden plants, click here.
- Art Constantino