Say Aloe To My Little Frond

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The age of conquest brought us our little household aloes and cacti. The economy of household plants finds its roots in the European enlightenment when European scientists obsessed over cataloguing all of the new plant species they encountered overseas, which they called “exoticks”. Exoticks were kept in botanical gardens for preservation and for show. The European public was amazed by the flora they’d never seen before and wanted to keep a few for themselves, eventually cultivating them in their homes. Read full article here

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