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Unique History of Plants

Have you ever browsed for plants and thought, "I wonder where this plant came from?".

If so, you aren't alone.

The history of how plants came to be is often a fascinating read-. Whether the plant has evolved from its original form, or has been used in ceremonies and continued to stay in people's houses and homes, many plants have a unique start.

Below are four popular plants with unique stories surrounding them!


Did you know that bromeliads are actually part of the pineapple plant family? Now that we mention it, you can place the similarities in the shape of the leaves.

These bright and colorful plants are noted as being recognized first in 1493. In 2022, there are many different genera of bromeliads- more than fifty by most accounts!


This large-leafed plant was first noted in 1644, and it took 185 years to name it! The name is derived from two Greek words: "Philo," meaning love, and "Dendron," which means tree. It was given this name due to the fact that in the wild, philodendron is a plant that loves to climb and latch on to trees.

The philodendron has over 400 species! They're an expansive plant and can live for several decades!

Fun fact: an owner of a vining-type philodendron reported vines that grew over 1100 feet long!


Sansevieria, or "snake plant," has skyrocketed into becoming one of the top choices when people buy plants. Native to Tropical Africa, it was brought to the western world in 1794.

The plant is named after an Italian Prince who hailed from San Severo. In 2014, it was reclassified from Sansevieria to Dracaena- due to the fact that sansevieria is closely connected and descended from the Dracaena. Since Dracaena has been around for longer, Sansevieria took its name. Despite the reclassification, many choose to still call it Sansevieria or snake plant!


Orchids have been cited in Chinese herbal medicine books dating back to around 500 BC- In fact, Confucius not only wrote about orchids but kept them! They were often used in a wide variety of medicinal practices, and continued to be part of traditions as time progressed. For example, in ancient Greece, it was believed that if a woman ate orchids, she would give birth to a son!

While they are used as edible decorations in modern times, they aren't used for any purpose other than beauty!

They are now considered a beautiful addition to any home or office.

At Kim Parker Plants, each new project begins with our award-winning service and design. Not only do we have all of the plants mentioned above, we have many different packages to choose from, and our team will assist you every step of the way, ensuring that the end result is breathtakingly beautiful. We love our plants, and we know you will too.

We proudly serve the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, and would love to assist you in your next plant project. To get started, call us at (408) 262-8989!


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