Mosquito Plant. (Ruscus hypoglossus) $10
leafy plant to a height of approx. 40cm. Suitable for pot
or garden. Likes a shady position. Great for providing interest
as a clump in a shady part of the garden or to create a carpet
of green under trees.
Mosquito Plant displays the unusual characteristic of having
its flowers positioned on the centre of the leaves (cladophylls),
thus giving the plant its name.
known as the "snake plant". One of the more unusual
plants in the Arum family. The bulb produces one large branched
leaf to a height of around 1m, with an unusual patterned stem.
The leaf emerges in Summer. When the bulb reaches flowering
size it produces an amazing single flower with a dark purple
spathe in Spring. Photos below show the flower and leaf (close
up of stem and developing leaf). Plants for sale are several
years off flowering size but when in leaf can be fertilised
fairly heavily to encourage bulb growth.