THE MARGRAVE AS PLANT COLLECTOR
Virgin palms are tropical plants, which makes it all the more amazing that the one in Karlsruhe has survived for so many generations in the Karlsruhe palace gardens. Its botanical name is "Dioon edule". The Founder of the city and palace, Margrave Karl Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach (1679–1738) was a passionate botanist and plant collector. He himself took several research trips to Holland, the hub of plant trade at the time, where he primarily purchased the most desirable plant of the period: tulips.