Fortean Plants / Botanical Forteana (Non-Carnivorous)

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I remember reading somewhere (it may have been an old FT) accounts that the flowers of marigolds, the old pot marigold, Calendula officinalis not Tagetes sp; were seen to be bioluminescent. Apparently noticable at dusk and according to the witness not attributable to the bright colour of the flowers.
Also musk flowers, Mimulus sp were known for their scent in Victorian times but now none are scented. The Victorians grew many varieties of bedding plants that are now lost, particularly larger variants which lost out to dwarf varieties because of smaller gardens. Hybridisation may have been the cause but doesn't seem to have happened with other plants known for their scent but which have non scented varieties (Roses, carnations, etc.)
Somewhat off topic the plant known in England as Sweet William was allegedly named after the Duke of Cumberland, victor of Culloden and was known north of the border as Stinking Billy.
Accounts of the plant hunters, people who went out seeking new plants for gardens or hothouses may not be Fortean but are worth a read. Some were very eccentric characters - some still are.
 

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Mignonette was said to have lost its scent back in teh 60s and 70s. I think it may have been bred back in?
 
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