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Monday, October 26, 2015

10 Gorgeous Pink Flowers

Pink flowers symbolize love, gratefulness and even awareness. These gorgeous flowers have been used to decorate weddings as a symbol of love. They may also be used as an expression of thanks. More recently, pink flowers have come to symbolize breast cancer awareness.

Here is a list of 10 pink flowers known for their beauty and elegance.

1. Pink Lilium

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Lilium (members of which are true lilies) is a genus of bulbous perennials grown for their very showy, often fragrant flowers. The prominent large flowers come in a range of colours including oranges, pinks, purples, reds, whites, and yellows. Markings include spots and brush strokes. Among the 100 species, there are four main flower shapes: bowl, funnel, recurved, and trumpet.

2. Pink Hibiscus

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Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The more than 200 species of hibiscus includes annuals, deciduous, evergreens, and perennials, plants. The funnel-shaped flowers come in red, yellow, white, orange, pink, peach, purple, and even blue. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Pink Dahlia

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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants, natives of the mountainous regions of Mexico. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. The majority of species do not produce scented flowers or cultivars. These brightly colored flowers range in colour and even size, from the giant 10-inch “dinner-plate” blooms to the 2-inch lollipop-style pompons.

Pink Hyacinth

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Hyacinthus is a small genus of bulbous flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. Hyacinth grows from bulbs, each producing one to three spikes or racemes of flowers. The strongly fragrant blooms are closely packed with tubular-bell-shaped, single or double flowers. The waxy florets come in shades of white, yellow, red, peach, pink, orange, lavender, salmon, purple, and blue.

5. Pink Rose

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Rose is considered the most popular flower in the world. It is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are more than 100 species and thousands of cultivars. Flowers range in size and shape and are usually large and showy. It may be as small as 1/2 inch across to a diameter of almost 7 inches. The flower colors range from white, red, yellow, pink, orange, lavender, green, black or mixed colors.

6. Pink Tulip

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Tulips are the most popular spring flowers of all time, and the third most popular flowers world-wide next only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum. It is a genus of perennial, bulbous plants in the lily family common in Eurasian and North African. There are around 100 species of Tulips of which around 75 are wild species. Tulips normally have one flower per stem, however a few species have up to 4 flowers on a single stem. The generally cup or star-shaped showy flowers come in a wide variety of hues, except pure blue.

7. Pink Geranium

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Geranium, commonly known as cranebills, is a genus of 422 species of easy-to-grow perennial plants. They can be found throughout the world, but are native to the temperate climate of South Africa. The flowers are single or double bloom. The attractive and showy flowers come in white, pink, purple or blue. Geraniums come in a wide variety of shapes, and sizes, from tailing to upright varieties and from a few inches tall to a few feet tall.

8. Pink Daylily

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A daylily is a perennial flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis native to Eurasia, including China, Korea, and Japan. There are over 60,000 registered cultivars. A typical, single daylily flower has three petals and three sepals, collectively called tepals. Each flower usually has six stamens, each with a two-lobed anther.The outer portion of the daylily flower is considered to be the basic color of the flower.

The present daylily color range includes:

Yellowdotall shades from the palest lemon, through bright yellow and gold, to orange.
Reddotdiverse shades of scarlet, carmine, tomato-red, maroon, wine-reds, and blackish-reds.
Pinkdotfrom pale pink through rose-pink to rose-red.
Purpledotfrom pale lavender and lilac to deep grape or violet.
Melon or Cream-Pinkdotfrom palest cream shades to deep cantaloupe shades

9. Pink Astilbe

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Astilbe is a genus of 18 species of perennial flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae, native to Asia and North America. There are 25 extant species of Astilbe, with hundreds of hybrids available. The beautiful and showy flowers come in soft shades of white, pink and red.

10. Pink Allium

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Allium, also known as ornamental onion, is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants within the family Amaryllidaceae. They grow from solitary or clustered tunicate bulbs and many have an onion odor and taste. There are more than 700 species known, only a handful are widely cultivated. They are grown for their showy flower heads, which come in variety of sizes and shades including white, yellow, blue, silvery pink and mauve.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

10 Gorgeous Peonies From Around the World

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

Peonies are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. There are about 40 known species of Peonies. Here is a list of 10 gorgeous peonies from around the world.

1. European peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia officinalis

Common Names: European peony or common peony

Native to: Europe in Spain, northern Portugal and southern France, Italy, Switzerland, western Romania and the Balkan peninsula.

Description: Flowers are fragrant and bowl-shaped measuring 10–13 cm (4–5 in) in diameter.

Colors: deep pink or deep red

2. Majorcan peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia cambessedesii

Common Names:Majorcan peony

Native to: Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean

Description: Gorgeous bowl-shaped flowers 8-10 cm in diameter.

Colors: mid to pale pink with conspicuous yellow stamens

3. Molly the witch peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia mlokosewitschii

Common Names: Caucasian peony, Molly the witch peony

Native to: Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Dagestan,

Description: Large, single flowers five inches (10–12 cm) across.

Colors: pure lemon-yellow with pale yellow stamens

4. Greek peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia parnassica

Common Names: Greek peony

Native to: Mountains of south-central Greece

Description: The blooms are large, up to 12 cm in diameter and bear a boss of rich orange stamens.

Colors: deep maroon, red

5. Japanese peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia japonica

Common Names: Japanese peony

Native to: The islands of northern Japan

Description: single bloom with a large boss of yellow-tipped stamens.

Colors: pure white

6. Paeonia broteri

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Scientific Name:Paeonia broteri

Common Names:Paeonia broteri

Native to: Grows only in Spain and Portugal

Description: The bowl shaped flowers are about about 12 cm in diameter.

Colors: Rose-pink

7. California peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia californica

Common Names:California peony or wild peony

Native to: Southwest California, United States

Description: drooping 2" flowers with 5-6 petals and numerous stamens.


8. Brown's peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia brownii

Common Names: Brown's peony, mountain peony, western peony

Native to: North America

Description: The bowl-shaped flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Colors: gold, green and maroon

9. Chinese peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia lactiflora

Common Names: Chinese peony or common garden peony

Native to: Central and eastern Asia

Description: Flowers are fragrant cup-shaped and elegant. The blooms measure 8–16 cm (3–6 in) across having pale yellow stamens.

Colors: creamy white, pink, or crimson

10. Himalayan Peony

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Scientific Name:Paeonia emodi

Common Names: Himalayan peony

Native to: West Himalayas

Description: Flowers are very showy, coming in three types: single or semi-double, Japanese, with one row of petals and a large center, and highly ruffled double forms.

Colors: White, light pink to magenta and red.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015

Surprise of all surprises, Fascinating Flowers is qualified to be one of the Top Emerging Influential Blogs in the Philippines for this year.


A number of my blogging peers are just amazed and surprised to see papaleng running a 'flower' blog. They even send me private messages asking, "how on earth, have I picked such niche for a blog". Even I at the start was too hesitant to go on with this writing project. But, deep in my mind, I told myself to go for it. I have three good reasons that help Fascinating flowers a reality. One, I am that good in expressing my thoughts through writing. And secondly, I am a Nature lover and I easily fall in love seeing beautiful and colourful flowers. Third, growing old offers one 2 great hobbies: having a cat/dog as your companion or busying yourself tending a backyard garden.

Since, I can't have all those gorgeous flowers planted in my garden, I content myself reading flower-related articles and spending hours simply watching photos of them. I find this endeavour so rewarding, thus I deemed my experiences be shared through social media forum. From a few close friends, Fascinating flowers is now reaching more audiences -- old and young alike.

Aside from Fascinating Flowers being qualified, I am also giving out my other choices for the Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015.

Garbage Pollution and Environment -- I am an advocate for Clean Air and I posted articles in this blog very helpful.

LoverBoyz Avenue -- I find the blog title so cute.. And yes I fancy cars so I think this blog will do go in the future. find this blog

Chef Jay's Kitchen -- It is so obvious on why I pick this blog. I am a foodie lover.

Manila Concert Junkies -- the blog offers love and relationship issues explain it such easy to understand format. Taglish pa ang wordings.

frugalyetfat.com-- my wife pick this one. She find the blog's post of good use to her. Welcome to the Woman's World.

Dugout Philippines -- Yes! Sports news roll into one page. That's suits me well.

Nice Things Philippines -- Since time is not on my side when it comes to Travel, Contenting myself on a virtual travel tour of the Philippines finest is a good alternative.

The Bag Investigator -- another good choice by my wife. Just like a typical Pinay housewife, she digs bags and the likes.

Doctor Eamer's Blog-- This is one Tagalog blog that will generate noise in the future. Ang cute ng mga topic.


Sponsors to the writing project:

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Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Program
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Friday, September 25, 2015

10 Striking Green Flowers -- Perfect Addition to Your Garden

Green flowers for your garden. Why not? There are some green flowers that are easy to grow for the average gardener. Other need diligent care to grow. A few are not flowers at all, but large green bracts that resemble blooms. Check out the list to learn more about these striking green flowers.

Green Cymbidium Orchid

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Cymbidium orchids are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers, used especially as cut flowers or for corsages. There are two main types of cymbidiums - standards and miniatures. Cymbidium also appears in a cascading form with small flowers blooming on long pendulous spikes. These orchids come in various colors, including shades of green from pale yellowish green to dark green. Several species and hybrid cultivars of Cymbidium orchid can produce up to 30 dazzling flowers on a single spike.

Green Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemums are popular Fall flowers that make for long lasting cut flowers. Most green chrysanthemums are grown commercially. Chrysanthemum 'Feeling Green' is one good example of green chrysanthemum. This variety has a pompom flowerhead with tightly packed petals. It produces small, apple green blooms.

Hydrangea Mini Limelight

This is a new dwarf form of the popular Limelight Hydrangea. Just 3 to 5 feet high and wide, Mini Limelight is ideal for containers. The flowers appear in summer, a pleasing shade of lime-green, then turn vintage shades of pink in autumn.

Bells of Ireland

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Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is highly prized for bouquets, so it's a perfect addition to your garden. It produces bell-shaped blooms in late Summer that are arranged vertically on a stalk, along with luscious pale to emerald green leaves. The gorgeous, slightly fragrant green "flowers" are actually calyxes surrounding tiny white blooms.

Corsican Hellebore

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Corsican Hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius) is a lovely evergreen perennial with stout green stems reaching 90 cm-1.2 m (3-4 ft). Each leaf is divided into three leaflets where leaf margins are coarsely spined. It blooms in late winter, with clusters of apple-green cup shaped flowers appear hanging below three leaflets.

Green Carnation

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Most carnations in florist shops have been dyed. But there are several varieties of natural green carnation that are grown commercially. Green Carnation 'Prado' is one of them. 'Prado' is a robust perennial with pale yellow, double flowers 10cm across, strongly clove-scented, produced throughout the year.

Clematis florida Alba plena

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Clematis florida Alba plena is a very special species of clematis. This beautiful double flowered variety of clematis has pale-green rosette-like blooms that turn to pure creamy white as they mature. Flowers are of 8-10 cm across with white tepals arranged in a very regular rosette pattern.

‘GREEN STAR’ Gladiolus

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The 'Green Star' Gladiolus is a beautiful green flower that is easy to grow. This striking gladiolus cultivar has very large, showy flowers the color of lime sherbet. With their tall, sturdy stems and unusual colouring, these magnificent gladioli are traditional favorites for adding vertical elements to flower arrangements.

‘Zinnia - Jade

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Zinnias are charming, old fashioned annuals that are easily grown from seed. Most species have upright stems, but some have spreading stems. The flowers come in various appearances, from a single row of petals, to a dome shape. Likewise, Zinnias come in different colors including white, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, and green. Notable green cultivars include Giant Lime, Jade, and Tequila Lime.

Green Rose

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'Rosa chinensis Viridiflora' is the only genuine green rose in existence. The Green Rose (Rosa chinensis viridiflora) is a natural mutation of a Chinese rose producing what appears to be small, spikey roses. The strange blooms are made up entirely of sepals rather than petals. A small bloom is surrounded by bluish green sepals that take on a bronze tone after opening.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

10 Exotic Hibiscus in Different Colors

Hibiscus are large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long season. The genus comprises several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Hibiscus comes in a variety of colours. Below are some species in each particular colour.

White Hibiscus

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Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) 'Jeanne D'Arc' - frilly pure snowy white double flowers in abundance from midsummer through autumn. The flowers are large and attractive, with numerous white petals that form a full, peony-like bloom.

Yellow Hibiscus

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Yellow Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei) is an endangered flowering shrub native to the Hawaiian islands. Hawaii's state flower, this rare hibiscus is called Ma'o hau hele by Hawaiian natives. The large flowers are 10.16 - 15.24 cm (4 - 6 in) in diameter. The flowers are creamy yellow, with varying amounts of red or maroon in the center, and form singly or in small clusters at the ends of the branches. Blooms in spring through early summer.

Red Hibiscus

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Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is a bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree native to East Asia. The species is also called by other names including China Rose, Tropical Hibiscus, Hawaiian Hibiscus,and Shoeblackplant. The plant bears 5-petaled brilliant solid red flowers with prominent orange-tipped red anthers. Blooms in summer and autumn.

Orange Hibiscus

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Only tropical hibiscus blooms in shades of orange as well as producing double blooms. The Queen-of-the-tropics (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) 'Montego Wind' is a perfect example of orange hibiscus. This tropical hibiscus variety originates from southern China. It bears large, disc-shaped blooms that are orange with a lighter pink band around the dark pink center. In the center of each bold bloom is a bottlebrush of yellow anthers topped with a five-parted, spider-like stigma.

Pink Hibiscus

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The 'Pink Swirl' variety of hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a prolific producer of large, saucer-shaped flowers that appear in mid summer and continue until frost. The blooms literally swirl open to reveal five silky, white petals with strokes of pink around a deep red eye.

Blue-Purple Hibiscus

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The Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Satin' is a variety of hybrid Rose of Sharon. It grows mainly as a Perennial plant and tends to bloom in July to October. It produces showy flowers in rich blue with purple throat.

Brown Hibiscus

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The Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) 'Tahitian Sophistication' is a perennial bush that is attractive, well branched, and upright. It produces unusual hibiscus flowers on deep brown, red, and golden bloom. The flower has heavy texture and prominent tufts sometimes giving it the appearance of a double. It blooms year round.

Multi-Colored Hibiscus

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The Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) 'Fiery Furnace' is a tropical (exotic/woody) hibiscus. The plant produces a 17.75-20.32 cm (7-8 in) brown, heavily textured and ruffled flower with a wide orange border; a small, dark red eye, and silver rays. Flower Time: Year Round

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

10 Enchanting Blue Flowers -- Excellent Addition in Your Garden

Although an uncommon color botanically speaking, plants with blue flowers add a cool touch in a blue garden. The cool tones of blue evoke wide open, often unexplored spaces and creates an aura of mystery. The blue garden plan may include, but is not limited to, the following plants with blue flowers:

Himalayan Blue Poppy

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The Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) is a gardening real head-turner. The plant is native to the mountains of southeastern Tibet. Flowers bloom from May to July. Tall leafy stems bear a succession of single scintillating, silky blue flowers, 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4in) in width with contrasting yellow stamens.

Blue Butterfly Larkspur

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Blue Butterfly Larkspur (Delphinium grandiflorum) has just the bluest gentian-blue flower. The plant is also called Chinese Larkspur or Siberian Larkspur, because the native range of the species includes northern China, Mongolia, & the steppes of eastern Siberia. The individual blossoms are not on a spike like most larkspurs, but a bit more subtle than other genus. Unlike other types of delphinium which reach impressive heights, Blue Butterfly delphinium is more diminutive, measuring about 12 to 18 inches. Blooms from late spring through early summer.

Eastern Bluestar

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Eastern Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) is a perfect pick for blue flowers. This erect-stemmed perennial wildflower is native to the southern and southeastern United States, and northern Mexico. The plant is about 2-4' tall with elongated leaves that are lance-shaped and light-green growing on smooth, erect stems. It produces bright blue star-shaped flowers appearing in fluffy clusters at the tips of the stems. Each flower has a tube shaped corolla with five spreading lobes. Flowers bloom in late spring.

Lily of the Nile

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Lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus africanus) is native to South Africa. The plant is an evergreen perennial with strap-shaped leaves and erect stems. The flowers are somewhat lily-like in rounded clusters (umbels) of light to deep blue or white, funnel-shaped flowers. Blooms in summer.

Jack Frost Brunnera

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'Jack Frost' (Brunnera macrophylla) is a perennial plant grown for its exquisite silver and green variegated foliage, and sprays of small bright blue Forget-me-not flowers. It is commonly known as Siberian Bugloss or False Forget-me-not. Excellent for the woodland garden, flowers appear in April to May.

Brazilian Blue Sage

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Brazilian Blue Sage (Salvia guaranitica) 'Black & Blue' is a species of Salvia native to a wide area of South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. This perennial shrub is also known as Sapphire Sage for its incredible jewel-bright blooms. The cultivar 'Black & Blue' have fairly large (one- to two-inch) long, tubular two lipped cobalt blue flowers, which are held at their bases by near-black calyces. Flowering period starts in August to October.


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Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as a Starflower, is an easy growing annual gangly plant. It is native to the Mediterranean region. The 15–25 mm (0.6–1 in.) wide flowers are vivid blue and star-shaped with five triangular-pointed petals. They’re a true blue, although pink flowers are sometimes observed. There is a cultivar of borage that produces white flowers as well. Bloom Time: June to August.

Blue False Indigo

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Blue False Indigo or Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), is a native American beauty. It is a bushy, robust perennial in the family Fabaceae (legumes). Baptisia australis is a standout because of its striking indigo-blue pea-like flowers. The flowers, about 2.5 cm long (1 inch) are borne on long racemes. Bloom Time: May to June.

Siberian Squill

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Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) is a spring bulb plant. It bears tiny, nodding, sky blue–dark blue, star-like flowers. The flowers have six petals and six white stamens with dark blue tips. Flowers are arranged singly or in racemes of two or three at the top of a slender naked stem. . Each flower is about 1 inch across when fully open. Bloom Time: April.


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Cornflower or Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus) got the name because they grew wild in European corn fields. Centaurea cyanus is an annual plant growing to 16-35 inches tall, with grey-green branched stems. It bears charming true blue flowers. Each disc-shaped flower is about 1.5 inches across, with ragged petals radiating out from the center. Bloom Time: May to July.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bougainvillea: A Flower Within a Flower

The spectacular beauty of the bougainvillea doesn’t come from its flowers. For years, I thought that the plant’s dazzling beauty was brought about by its flowers. But I am mistaken!

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It’s not the flowers that make this plant so colorful, it’s actually the magenta bracts. The actual flowers of the plant are just three tiny and white tubular blooms surrounded by three or six bracts.

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These paper-like bracts (modified or specialized leaf) can come in different shades including white, red, yellow, pink, orange, purple and salmon.

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The Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny, flowering plants native to South America. It was named after French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville, who discovered the vine in Brazil in 1768 together with French Botanist Philibert Commercon, during their voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

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The vine species grow anywhere from 1-12 m (3-39 ft) tall. They grow rapidly and burst forth with colorful flowers year round.

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Bougainvillea thrives in places that are hot and relatively dry. Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants, including in many countries in Asia, Australia, and South Africa.

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