[CAM] Floral clock

William Vincenti wvincenti at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 30 17:00:06 CDT 2009

It's not particularly period, but the gardeners in the Barony might have some fun with this anyhow.

In “Philosophia Botanica” (1751), the great taxonomist Carl Linnaeus proposed that it should be possible to plant a floral clock. He noted that two species of daisy, the hawk’s-beard and the hawkbit, opened and closed at their respective times within about a half-hour each day. He suggested planting these daisies along with St. John’s Wort, marigolds, water-lilies and other species in a circle. The rhythmic opening and closing of the plants would be the effective hands of this clock.

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