Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Photo stolen from this sweet botany blog.

Also known as the "swan plant," the "balloon plant," or "hairy balls," this lightly sweet-smelling 2-inch bloom is now known to me and my loved one as "April fool's flowers." I decided to buy her a small cluster to make up for my joke of earlier in the day, which she took somewhat more seriously than I had intended. She received the gift with admirable grace, and plans to take her hairy balls with her to show off at work tomorrow.

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