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Just for a bit of company, Cineraria butterfly plant represents cinnabariana of the near-continent, Australia. According to Entitled authors, “in 80 to 90 per cent of cases, flowers are once common, but have been absent and lost to radiation bombardment due to nuclear fallout during the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
“The remaining Cinnabariana remains decimated in most of the UK, a situation not dissimilar to that experienced in the Californian desert, with the last male in the 1990’s on the outskirts of LA.”
“Today, most of the remaining plants are in zoos and sanctuary services, among which is Cineraria, an indigenous plant which has already been placed on the UK government’s endangered species list in 1994 and therefore are completely unprotected from extinction.”
At the same time as there is serious concern for this species, there is enormous resilience in the species, as well. “With over 1000 previous cases of Cinnabariana within the past 1000 years (including this current survey), they have survived aerial bombardment, drought, fires, frost and winter starvation and since their discovery in 1901, they have spread from the South West, across to Wales, and as far south as London and Amersham, Buckinghamshire.”
“Plants with even stronger survival records include Cacti and cactobana: one of the oldest members of the world, found well before the agricultural revolution in the British Isles, and a perennial bromeliad, Cactica globosa, well into the 1960’s.
“The UK has world class viticulture and pruning facilities as well as highly skilled vineyard staff, widely respected for their cultivation knowledge and expertise.”
“Since conception, Cinela has worked hand in hand with vineyard experts to ensure the long-term sustainability of this crop. In the short time that it has been a commercial crop, it has grown to more than 50 tonnes (full success) per year and provided the country’s fourth highest British wine yield in 1996.”
“It is possible to maintain Cinela through good pruning, which takes two to three years to become established. Cinela is a heat sensitive plant requiring temperatures of 7-18 degrees C when blooming, providing a well water-permeable surface, which we recommend making 100 metres from the plant at the start of the season.”
“Appropriate tools and techniques are important to maintain the spring flowering, so you should spray treatments on the plant that include a foliar spray, ultrasonic kill shot and also a surface application of a fungicide.”
As an agent of therapy, the cinnabariana is best tolerated by pet therapy animals, therapy dogs, and the elderly, and most importantly, the young, who are susceptible to more extreme symptoms of allergies.