Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Especially when nature hasn’t endowed you with any noticeable outward beauty. What makes it worse is that you are a flower and supposed to be pretty.


What makes it worse, is when you are compared to your ‘sister’ who is drop-dead gorgeous. 



Imagine having to stare at her vibrant colors and exquisite shape all day long?



It doesn’t matter which angle you use, there is no improving your outward appearance. So you decide to concentrate on inner growth and decide to be the best flower you can be on the inside.



*When I spotted this forlorn flower next to its spectacular companion, I immediately thought of the story of the ‘ugly stepsisters’ from Cinderella – one who is having a ‘bad hair’ day. 

In actuality, this bedraggled flower used to be a beautiful tropical bird-of-paradise bloom (like its companion), but its lifespan is nearing an end and it will soon be clipped off. 

I hope you enjoyed the floral edition of the ‘Ugly Stepsister’.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

4 replies
  1. Sharon McAvoy
    Sharon McAvoy says:

    Hi Noelle,
    This post hits my funny bone. My family always laughs at me when I anthropomorphize my plants! But I can totally see the disgruntled look on the ‘ugly step sister’s’ face. haha
    On a garden-y note. I have a question. Have you ever grown hyssop/agastache in the Phoenix area?
    Have a great day


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