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Old man's beard or a jellyfish?

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 19 Oct 2011 at 10:03 PM


Oldmansbeard DSC_0016 Jellyfish
Plant names are beautiful creations: lyrical, whimsical, descriptive or just plain odd.  My own personal favourite remains "Welcome home husband though never so drunk" (Sedum acre) but there are many others which are more child friendly and occasionally I try to share these with the kids. For example, a few days ago, I had the following exchange with my six-year-old.

"Look Oscar! Aren't these clematis seedheads lovely?" I mused in my I-could-so-home-school-my-kids-if-I-really-wanted to voice.  "That's why they call this plant 'Old Man's Beard'."

He gave me a sidelong glance that said "don't try and educate me woman - it's the bloody weekend" before nonchalantly saying. "They don't look like beards; they look like jellyfish".

He has a point.

Your verdict?


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