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Photo contributed by University of South Carolina A.C. Moore Herbarium
This plant was made popular by "The Sound of Music" and is only found in Europe.

 By John Nelson

Let’s go to the movies.

Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

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