March 30, 2007
I said I was going into Karen withdrawal, so I went looking for Karen on the internet. I find these tidbits:
Statistically, Karen is the 36th most popular first name in the USA.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Karen are female.
Karen are an indigenous people to the southeast Asian countries of Thailand and Burma. The population numbers around 14 million in that region with the majority of living inside Burma. Traditionally, most are farmers who farm the nutrient rich soils of southern Burma and eastern Thailand. The religion of the majority is Animism and Buddhism although Christians constitute roughly 30% of the population. They are made-up of smaller subgroups who, in some cases, speak in their own dialects. There are, however, two main groups: the Sgaws(S’waw) and the Pwos. To most people who are familiar with them, they are known for their colorful traditional clothes and for their energetic and jubilant festival dances. Foremostly, they are known for their hospitality and friendliness which they readily extend to everyone. Aug. 12 is Karen Martyrs Day.
Flower deep reddish-purple openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1-3/4″ across, slightly fragrant. Lax inflorescence with 3-4 flowers. Blooms early midseason. Leaves elliptic to narrowly obovate, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 1-1/4″ long, glossy, hairy, moderate olive green, wine-red in winter. Plant has a rounded growth habit. Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs. Hardy to -25°F (-32°C).