Blue Bottle Tree

Keeping evil spirits out of the garden and home- bottle trees were created to catch those evil spirits. Here’s an article about the American Bottle Tree on Smithsonian Gardens blog.

I photographed this blue bottle tree in Lenox CT as we went for early morning coffee in November. The bottle tree has African origins and has now spread across the country but was primarily evident in the South. Now you can order a bottle trees online from you know where.

Blue Bottle Tree

Snake Plant has Other Names

Like Mother-in-Law’s Tongue! Ouch.

Doesn’t sound attractive does it?

Maybe it’s because it’s so long or sharp like a sword and could make cutting remarks? Important to remember to hold one’s tongue and not speak on occasions where your advice isn’t wanted.

I’ve seen a lot of these plants lately.

Dracaena trifasciata is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, Saint George’s sword, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names. Wikipedia

Seen in Lenox Massachusetts at Lenox Coffee
Columbus Ohio
Seen in windows in Columbus

Snake Plant Benefits link to full article on benefits

How to propagate a Snake Plant (5 ways)