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Isle of Wight visitors can view rare plant

Wed 26 May 2010

Isle of Wight visitors can view rare plant

Tourists taking Isle of Wight holidays this weekend will be able to see an unusual plant in bloom during their stay on the island.

The rare Devil's Tongue Arum, which is part of the world's largest flower (Amorphophallus titanium), is currently growing at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

Simon Goodenough, curator at Ventnor Botanic Garden, said: "We have many unusual plants from around the world but this has to be one of the most impressive sights we have seen for many years."

The plant is expected to stay in bloom until the end of the bank holiday weekend.

Those on Isle of Wight holidays who love gardening will also be interested to take a look at some of the entrants to this summer's Wight in Bloom contest during their trip.

With judging taking place throughout June and the winners announced in July, many Isle of Wight residents will be spending lots of time in their gardens creating beautiful spaces to be appreciated by visitors to the island, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

Posted by Louise Parkes ADNFCR-3083-ID-19800523-ADNFCR

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