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Archive entry 07.09.08

14th November 2006

The common 'Spanish Moss' is now a widespread weed species in the new world. The long trailing stems latch onto trees and power cables and form large hanging clumps. I am hoping that it will be hardy enough to survive in a cold greenhouse - when I move it into warmer conditions it suffers from low humidity in the winter and takes a long time to recover.

7th September 2008

It was a surprise to find the clump in flower, though I have found an old seed head tangled in it before, so I knew that it did flower.

7th September 2008

The individual green flowers are tiny but wonderful.