New leaves of Leontice leontopetalum, a geophyte with a large and deep tuber, appeared on a trail in the desert plot.

The Leontice is common in deep soils and therefore also appears in agricultural fields, where it is able to survive shallow plowing. In order to extract the deeply buried tuber our gardeners were forced to dig deep into the trail. The plant was re-planted in a neighboring plot, but after a few weeks new leaves emerged from the same spot on the trail! The trail was dug out again and this time a fairly large tuber was extracted. It was planted in the semi-arid batha plot beneath the new entrance plaza. In a different location leaves from another Leontice leontopetalum have started to emerge and suddenly the Botanical Garden abounds with this strong plant. All we have to do now is wait patiently for the flowering, which should take place at the end of winter.

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