They decided the winner was structural, sculptural with lots of character, versatile, practical, easy to maintain and had lots of movement of foliage. EFIG members who nominated the plant judged it easy to maintain, interesting, with great benefits and always available.
Judge and IGD founder Ed Wolf said: "If I could have just one plant on my desk, a Beaucarnea Bonsai would be perfect. Of course, following the advice of researcher Margaret Burchett, just one plant is enough to have a very positive effect on our moods and output."
Chair of the 40-member eFIG group Thomas Palfreyman added: "If every office worker had just one plant on or by their desk, businesses would not only have healthier workforces but their bottom lines could be positively affected. In terms of achieving more productive staff, this must be one of the cheapest options."
Ficus Bonsai was second, with judges liking its architectural stem. Claiming third place, the retro Chlorophytum (spider plant) is making a comeback, with many new forms, varieties and uses, such as in green walls.
- For further details, see www.efig.eu.com and www.plantsforpeople.org.