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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...