Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Boojum




"But if ever I meet with a Boojum, that day,
 In a moment (of this I am sure), 
I shall softly and suddenly vanish away—
 And the notion I cannot endure!" 
-Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, 1874

And this is the tree called the boojum, described by some as an upside-down carrot, and named after Carroll's character so strange.  Found only along the Baja coast of California, Fouquieria columnaris sells for as much as $1000 per foot.

3 comments:

ofgardens.com said...

Curious and curiouser. I think I have never met a Boojum, or perhaps I have somewhere along the Baja and not realized it's $1000 per foot value. Such is the price of ignorance.

Catherine said...

$1000 per foot! And here's me thinking, 'well only a mother could love that one'. Interesting how people will value novelty over beauty.

liz read said...

Just found your site and am romping through it! Wondrous information and wish I'd found you years ago...great reading, super history!
Thank you

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