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Surprise Blooms

Three of my houseplants recently surprised me with flowers.

Snow Bush

Snow Bush (Breynia nivosa)
I got this plant for Heather about 6 months ago. Unbeknownst to me, it’s super fussy. If it gets low on water, it droops and drops leaves. After a few close calls, I transplanted it to a Lechuza pot, which seemed to help. This is its first bloom. The flowers are tiny – maybe a quarter inch – appearing below the branches. Very sweet.

African Mask

African Mask (Alocasia sp.)
Heather rescued this plant from the 99-cent bin at the hardware store years ago. It’s a reliable bloomer, but I’ve never gotten it to have more than a few leaves at a time. I usually cut off the flowers, but I’m letting them go this time to see if it will seed.


Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior “asahi”)
I just got this plant from the San Francisco Botanical Garden plant sale sale a couple weeks ago. This is its first bloom. At first, I thought an alien had left seed pods in the soil, but that’s just how this plant blooms.

The best kind of flower is a surprise flower.

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