i tried to get all my leftover random blog posts taken care of this past week, but i still missed a few. this one has been in draft for months. i think i had intended to go back and find some of those seed pods and try to start one of these beauties to plant in my own yard. alas, it got too cold for my foraging as i am a hothouse flower. oh well. maybe i can find one for sale at a garden center this spring. they say these are invasive, but as long as you plant them in a place that gets mowed regularly you're okay. i just know they grow wild all over the southern u.s. and they are gorgeous.