Human Flower Project
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
HFQ#9: What Thrives in Qatar?
Calling all Persian Gulf landscapers…
Georgia Silvera Seamans, our well-traveled friend, forwards a question from her sister-in-law.
“Would you happen to have any idea of plants that would survive in Doha, Qatar? We have some palm trees lining the property but I am thinking of something along the lines of ground cover, shrubs or little knee high types of plants?”
(Qatar, for Ameri-centricists, is a peninsular state extending about 100 miles into the Persian Gulf, off the northern coast of Saudi Arabia. It’s about the size of Massachusetts, with a lot more oil.)
While Central Texans are becoming better acquainted with desert plants all the time, we don’t know what would do well in Qatar. But here seems to be some excellent offhand advice from Bonnie James, as she describes local plants to be featured in a new garden project of the Qatar Foundation.
“…acacia tortilis (Arabic name is Samr, umbrella thorn), cymbopogon parkeri (Khabar, a tall, scented grass), lycium shawii (Awsaj, a thorny shrub), rhanterium epapposum (Arfaj, a shrub), and ziziphus nummularia (Sidra).”