The Apostle Plant or Walking Iris (Neomarica Caerulea)
A little over a year ago, my mother gave me 2 little spikes in a tiny bit of dirt and told me that if I planted this tiny plant, it would keep growing leaves or spikes and when it grew 12 separate leaves, it would then flower. She called it an “Apostle Plant”. This plant is so named “Apostle Plant” due to the belief that it will not flower until it has at least 12 leaves, the same number of apostles of Jesus Christ. I was so intrigued by this plant and the story behind it, that I took it home, planted it in its own special pot, put in a sunny window and waited….and waited….and waited, getting very excited with the growth of each new leaf. Just recently, and with much exuberance on my part, I have observed that a flower stalk has grown up out of the middle of the plant, even though my plant currently only has 10 leaves - the 2 original leaves turned brown and disappeared –must have been my plant’s Judas’! In a short time, my plant will flower, creating little blue, blue and white or multicolored iris blossoms – the weight of the blossoms will then cause the stalk to bend over and after the blooms die off, it will grow new “plantlets” that will either take root in the ground or if it is in a pot, “walk” away from the parent plant. These plantlets can then be removed from the parent plant and repotted to create more individual plants – kind of like the apostles spreading the gospel of Christ, thereby creating new followers and spreading the gospel to even more. What a beautifully symbolic expression of Jesus and his disciples experienced through the natural growth of a simple, but amazing, little plant.
To find out more about the Apostle Plant, check out these informative websites:
When my plant blooms, I will post a new picture of the flowers and then another when the plantlets begin to grow. In the meantime, you can see other pictures of these beautiful plants on the above websites I posted.