THE HANGING HORN

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES

The Hanging Horn
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Appearance. The Hanging Horn is a flower that would stand almost one ped high erect, but hangs (hence its name) almost to the ground. Its leaves surround the base of the flower in a whorl and are oval shaped with deep veins with a length of one to one and a half palmspans.  The stem is round and smooth with feather-like hairs growing around it near the base. The stem tapers off to connect to the 6 sepals protecting the base of the flower. The flower itself can be any shade of red, orange, or yellow and is one petal folded to the appearance of six petals. It only blooms once from the spring to early summer at which point the petals wither and die. At the end of summer, it casts its seeds that are located in the pouch at the base of the flower.

Territory. The Hanging Horn grows in sparsely shaded meadows and grasslands where its leaves can be put to good effect. Wherever it grows in the plains, it is one of the dominant plants because of its height. Unfortunately, the rapidly spreading fires that can start in dry grassland kill the Hanging Horn before it has a chance to spread its seeds. Thus, in some areas it is considered rare.

Usages. The Hanging Horn has a particularly pungent smell. It is often crushed: petals, leaves, and all. The locals sometimes use this plant to ward off harmful animals by hanging the crushed plant in a thin net above their doors. Whether it actually works has not been proven.

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