The Canarina Canariensis is now the emblem of Los Silos and the Isla Baja of Tenerife.
Encounter it by the entrance to Los Silos that is facing the ancient ex-monastery Convento San Sebastian.
An Icod de los Vinos iron smith by the name of Moisés Afonso has turned it into superbly crafted street art.
In fact, it has become a monument by the wayside in its own right.
I met Moises the artist once at a workshop at the Pinolere crafts fair above la Ortotava. Moises learned his trade from his father and is slowly gaining national fame for creating metal art in Spain. Mind, he doesn't do wall art in metal.
It is rather surprising to hear that this indigenous plant that only thrives on some of the Canary Islands is successfully grown in a Botanical garden in Berlin Germany. Usually, soil as well as climatic conditions also must be a perfect match. Also astounding is that it grows on Gran Canaria in the Gardens Jardines de Viera y Clavijo.
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