The purple veil that floats over Sydney in November is an international star – but not one most of us can bring home says Linda Ross.

A jacaranda in full bloom looks like a giant ruffled crinoline of the kind that Scarlett O'Hara's cousin may have worn to the ball. The sight of these giant skirts forming a cotillion of purple around Sydney Harbour never fails to lift my spirits.

Jacarandas originate in South America, and are now fairly common in dozens of cities in the sutropical regions of the American continent. There are 50n species in the genus, with Jacaranda mim...

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