The spiky leaves of Acanthus spinosis have a wicked look about them, and the flower spikes sport hidden thorns that can get you if you don’t watch out.
So, while I don’t usually go in for props that much, I popped in the CD with Frank Sinatra and Anita Baker singing ‘Witchcraft’ and dug out a ceremonial rattle. Then I remembered that ‘Ruby’, by Cynthia Bond, had some serious witchcraft going on, and I was set.
This is one of my all-time favorite flower forms.
It grows in sun or shade, but is happiest here, in full sun. Its vigorous growth means that I have had plenty to give away to friends (could be a plus or minus, depending on your situation).
I happen to have the space to let it have its way,and since the flower spikes hold their shape even as petals drop, they are likely to find their way into some big, dramatic vases in the future. This is about as close as I come to dabbling in the dark arts. Vases of all kinds and scale can be found at Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy hosts every Monday…but watch out…she might cast a spell on you.