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What is the history of the magnolia?

The magnolia is a lot older than you would think.
The magnolia is a lot older than you would think.

You likely walk past a magnolia plant every day. You may even own one yourself. Have you ever wondering about the history of the magnolia plant? Of course you haven’t, because you are too caught up in your own life to think about something other than yourself. You know their name, but you do not know their story.

Magnolias are surprisingly old for a type of plant. Twenty million year old fossils demonstrate that magnolias have been in existence long before humans, but humans existed for millions of years without paying a second thought to cataloguing the wonderful magnolias. Humans have likely been vaguely aware of the existence of magnolia plants, but did not begin cataloguing the plant until the rise of botany in the seventeenth century. Not until the mid 1700s did anyone decide to describe the magnolia plant.

A testament to the supreme age of the magnolia genus is their methods of pollination. While magnolias today reproduce the regular way with assistance from bees, early magnolia plants evolved long before bees and had to pollinate without their intervention. Fortunately, beetles did an adequate job of pollination.

You may be aware of the gossamer threat to humanity posed by artificial intelligence, but did you know that the humble magnolia plant is far more advanced in its plans for global domination? The magnolia plant exists throughout the world, with many species of magnolia across the continents. While top scientists believe that magnolias are not sentient, magnolias have proliferated around the world at an alarming rate over the past twenty million years. Most species originate in South America and Asia, and their spread has been hastened by humans who bring magnolia plants to new territories including Australia for aesthetic reasons. You would never know it, but it seems there is a master plot happening right in your garden beside your hippeastrums.

What is an amaryllis?

An amaryllis plant will add a splash of colour to your garden.
An amaryllis plant will add a splash of colour to your garden.

The humble amaryllis has been an object of inquiry for many in recent months, due to the word’s appearance in an internet meme. While this meme has enjoyed limited success at best, you are unlikely to hear the word in any capacity in future, so now is the best time to inform you about the amaryllis.

The amaryllis is a type of plant. The word may also be used to refer to the flower of the plant. The amaryllis comes from a bulb rather than a seed, and the flowers are usually a brilliant red or pinkl. Amaryllis plants are heavily used in gardens for several reasons. Firstly, they are a perennial plant. This means that they do not die off quickly, as opposed to annual plants which flower once, and then die off, never to grow again. Perennial plants usually cost more than annual or biennial plants, but are a much better investment. Secondly, the amaryllis flowers in winter, in stark contrast to most other plants. This helps you avoid the issue of having a drab, colourless garden throughout the colder months. Thirdly, they are easy to maintain. Sunlight and some water are all you need to successfully grow an amaryllis plant. They do need six hours of sun at times, so make sure you plant them in a location in your garden where this is possible. Locations near walls, large plants or trees, or garden features are not always ideal due to the shadow that may be cast.

You may also have heard of the amaryllis being referred to as a hippeastrum. While these two words are not technically interchangeable, they have effectively the same meaning in everyday parlance. If you walk into a nursery and request either an amaryllis or a hippeastrum plant, they will know exactly what you mean.