Charming Little Hearts

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Here’s another adorable succulent from my tour of Erika’s apartment, Conophytum blandum. Don’t they look like lots of little hearts?

On first glance the Latin blandum (blandus) seems wrong — these plants aren’t bland! To be sure I looked the word up in Gardener’s Latin and it turns out that blandus translates to pleasing or charming. This I think we can agree on.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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