Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Second Quiz: Plant Puzzle

So, fellow gardeners and plant lovers: what is this? This is mystery plant puzzle # 2. I will answer in a few days! Look for it!
Kudos to my non-gardening friend Anita who guessed this was a banana. Yes, my ornamental banana plant produced baby red bananas and I left them on the plant. They split open in what my art teacher Celeste called secondary pollination, that is, the fruit opens up to allow animals to scatter the seed. I let them alone and now you can see the seeds! I think? Cultivated bananas have no viable seeds, they are often seen as tiny black specks in the fruit. Inedible varieties do have seeds, and this includes ornamental bananas, the only kind you will find in northern gardens. Happy gardening!


Anita said...

Looking at it's innards, I think of a banana. :)

Of course, I have no idea what it is!

Judy Thomas said...

Anita, you win! I guess this was easy, huh? My banana plant produced these tiny bananas that opened like flowers! I thought no one would guess!!!

Anita said...

And I thought I was being facetious. I really didn't know WHAT it was. Yay me!