2004 – Old Garden Plant Blooms

Just before the opening of HSCSS’ 2004 show, club member and greenhouse volunteer Pat Thomann noticed that Missouri Botanical Garden’s Welwitschia mirabilis was in bloom – an event not seen for the last 10 years. The 25-year-old succulent was grown from a seedling in the garden’s old Desert House, but now resides in the C-3 Greenhouse. Also known as the “tree tumbo,” W. mirabilis has its own genus.

Pictures by Judy Pigue