The one the ancients put on their door to ward off evil spirits? I of course, had no idea at the time of its historic occultist underpinnings, I just found it a curious plant when I saw it at Serra Gardens and I bought it.
You might revisit the post, I find it interesting.
This plant is thought to be Moly, the plant that Homer considered the most holy of all plants, said to be revealed by the god Hermes himself.Ulysses was handed a sprig by Hermes to assure him that he would be safe when he wandered into the Palace of Circe. Proteus's daughters were cured by this plant after being driven mad by Dionysus.
The plant is indeed very odd. It dies off and than pops a tall flower stalk out of a strange bulb like base when you least expect it.
In the spring it is equipped with a lovely leaf form but it loses all foliage on the approach of summer.
|Ulysses foiling the wiles of Circe - Pier Francesco Cittadini (1616-1681)|