Monday, June 2, 2014
Love and the Devil
Another variety of Nigella damascena (see previous post). Many nurseries call this Love-in-a-mist. Others call it Devil-in-the-bush. It's also known as Ragged Lady. Is that an oxymoron? Interesting that this plant causes humans to conflate images of love and the devil. A very American sort of thing, I suppose. The species name, N. damascena, indicates its region of origin. I wonder what sorts of "common" names the plant is known by in that part of the world. Thee might be Christian-inspired and Islam inspired names, and one or the other is probably illegal to utter. I wonder what Assad calls it. Aren't plants interesting? It's interesting to look at a distribution map of this plant on the USDA website. In California it's known to be naturalized only in Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties. I guess that makes it an alien in Plumas.