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Calibanus hookeri



11th July 2014


Bubbles of excitement took more solid form when I was offered a plant of Calibanus hookeri. A small succulent that could be mistaked for a scruffy Yucca or one of the more pointless grasses. The tufts of blue-grey leaves sit atop a caudex that looks like a turnip top. It comes from Tamaulipas in Mexico and is both long lived and tough. If I live for a few hundred more years it will continue to grow beside me until it looks like the bottom of an elephant that has looked down a rabbit hole hoping to find a playmate. I will not live that long but I have the consolation of imagination and the young warty company of a Calibanus.