Plant Fact Friday

Did you know that the current Guinness world record for the oldest potted plant is held by a prickly cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii), which is a palm-like plant originating in South Africa. The plant was taken to the U.K. and planted in 1775. While that particular potted specimen is the oldest on record according to Guinness, the species are among the oldest surviving plants, with a history going back over 200 million years!

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Speaking of palm plants, if you're looking for a plant with a royal legacy the Kentia or Thatch Palm (Howea forsteriana) common to Lord Howe Island in Australia, is the plant for you! These palms became especially popular in the Victorian Era, and Queen Victoria herself grew them and requested that they be placed around her casket when she passed.

Libby Williams