Our featured plant this go-around is pretty unique. Coming from an odd family and an odd island, Uncarina looks like a cotton plant made out of velvet with large yellow felt petunias glued on it. The leaves, when crushed or even rubbed against, leave a pretty bad smell which kind of sticks to you. The plant blooms much of the year, but goes deciduous during our winters. The flowers are yellow with purple throats and are pollinated by beetles. Where pollination is successful, the plant sets very strange, very prickly fruits, covered in tiny hooks (ours does not set fruit). The plant is very popular among caudiciform enthusiasts.
Visit the Gardens to see and learn more about these incredible trees or visit our botany blog for additional details.