Southern Magnolia

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“And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that strange things happen all the time. And so it goes, and so it goes. And the book says, ‘We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us,’” we are told in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 epic love story to the San Fernando Valley, Magnolia.

While the Southern Magnolia is native to the American South, it not only lines the streets of the San Fernando Valley, but the entire Los Angeles basin. The flower was used as an emblem of the Confederate army, but unlike  the assumption made by Anderson’s narrator, we’ve let go of its past.  And thankfully so because these giant white flowers can make even the sleepiest of men smile.  They’re so grand, in fact, they have earned it the Latin name, Magnolia Grandiflora.

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Posted on June 1, 2012, in Trees of Los Angeles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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