I plant my true luvs favorites: petunias and night stock where he can see/smell them from his favorite sitting area in the garden. He has absolutely no interest in plants other than that. For context: he calls 'autumn joy' seedum the cauliflower plant. I am overjoyed that he encourages and enables me in my passion and most importantly, turns the compost ^_^ We can't all be gardeners.
Almost picked the passiflora, but doesn't foetida mean smelly, in a negative sense? I know nigella is love in a mist, but had to go with rose, because roses as a symbol of love, that's just ingrained in our culture. Dave, will you post all the common names?
I thought the question implied a play on words: "true love." A number of the plants had seemingly contradictory names, perhaps interpreted as not being true
Kalanche - Mother in Law Plant/Mexican Love Plant
Mondragora - Devil's Apple/Love Apple
Also, Roses have thorns and there are many beautiful plants that don't. No need to inflict extra pain no matter what the conventions say about Roses.
So I picked Catananche caerulea - Love Plant/Cupid's Dart. Its also xeric so it won't dry up and die when times get tough.
WOW! This is a hard one! I went with Nigella damascena because it the most complex flower in the plant kingdom (at least to me and it's the only flower that has a Eliziabethean collar for sepal) ). But, Amaranthus caudatus and Ipomoea lobata came at close second, mainly because both have VERY unusual flower arrangement.
I would not buy a plant as a gift, as a plant requires care & maintenance, (similar to giving a pet as a gift), it automatically imposes an added chore on the recipient. In addition, a Rose bush or Passiflora would be odd gifts in the Northeast in the middle of February, with daytime highs only reaching the mid 30°s. With that in mind, a bouquet of cut, long-stemmed Red Roses would be a more appropriate and practical gift in my locale at this time of year.
(Beautiful arbor grannh & quite a lovely bouquet ic_conifers.) ☺
I always give plants to everyone I know for any occasion. My sister in law loves it because she knows nothing about growing. She has a giant bromeliad in bloom I gave her for her birthday . I find that people who don't know how to grow love getting beautiful plants...with a note on watering.
Left 10 african violets at my unmarried son's house last summer and they are still blooming and growing...