Visit our wonderful host, Lisa, at http://lisaschaos.com/ to see this week's macros.
Click on photo to enlarge for the macro. As I stood under these hundreds of flower balls, the bee and fly traffic sounded like a tiny airport with miniature planes taking off and landing. :0)
A few fun facts about this plant.
Rice paper plants look very tropical, but are root hardy in zones 8 and 9.
They grow very large, palm-like leaves. They can grow in full sun or shady spots.
They can grow up to 15 feet tall and even develop a trunk about the size of a broom handle.
They bloom every year starting in November...as long as it doesn't freeze.
Once mature, the stems can grow back their leaves even after a hard freeze. Amazingly, my plants regrew after a 21 degree freeze last year.
Handle the leaves with care! Some people find the 'dust' on the leaf surfaces irritating to the throat and nose.
Baby plants can come up as suckers up to 10 feet away. I just pull up any baby I don't need.
They don't transplant easily. Cut all the leaves off except the top one and replant in early Spring.
Rice paper plants needs water, but they can take a short dry spell. They like high humidity.
Thanks for stopping by my tropical garden blog. David :0)
Bonus shot: Palm shadows across palm leaves.