There are plants that have survived happily in our garden for nearly 30 years without any attention at all. One of the most notable is cuckoo pint, which at the moment is in flower (much later than usual). I say flower but what you see is the enormous papery cowl and the spike enclosed by it. The flower lies as the base of the cowl and insects attracted by odour and warmth given out by the spike pollinate the plant. The colony has grown steadily in recent years and the plants now attain a great size. This year’s crop is the best ever.
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