One of the credos of The Plant Provocateur is to always be a consumer of beauty. No matter the difference of opinion, I like to present the different perspectives of it. People love flowers but what about form? I am a form freak. I especially love plant form when it's out of the ordinary. Take for example the form of, get ready for it...Homalocladium platycladium or Ribbon Bush also unflatteringly referred to in some circles as the Tapeworm Plant or Centipede Plant. Now before you go all "Ewww...that's nasty", remember beauty can be found in the strangest of forms. Segments are sexy! Don't forget it.
Homalocladium platycladium comes to us from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. It's an evergreen shrub that grows up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide, if you let it. This shrub is made up of upright, flat segmented, ribbon-like stems that produce foliage and small fruit at its joints. It looks like some sort of land loving kelp. Very nautical new wave. In spring, clusters of whitish green flowers appear in these joints followed by ornamental orbs of red fruit. This shrub thrives in both full sun or shade, it loves well-draining soil, regular water, occasional fertilizer, and it prefers temps above 25 degrees fahrenheit/-4 celsius. As a specimen or screen, in a container or in the ground, it is an amazing textural plant. Think of fine Italian tiles in plant form for the garden. Why not flavor your fashion with some funky form? So strange, So bizarre, So beautiful.