I was out running...
... in Southern California last July. As I ran, I found a remarkable white flower growing by the side of the road near the Santa Monica mountains. It's a large and beautiful flower, maybe 4 inches across, and quite striking.
Seein it there was a bit as though I'd fallen into a Georgia O'Keefe painting. It really is a beautiful plant, and it was growing on the roadside, apparently unplanted, and uncared-for by anyone.
But I've looked up this remarkable plant before, so I know a bit about it. Can you recreate my search trail?
Here are a couple of questions to get you going into investigating this plant...
1. What's the name of this plant? (Both common and Latin names.)
2. Is there a possible connection between this plant and zombies? (I know, we should have had this question last week, just before Halloween...)
3. Why do people think this plant might suggest that travelers from the Americas could have visited Europe well before Columbus?
Can you figure this out? What else can you find out about this remarkable (and surprising) plant?
Let us know HOW you found out!