Wednesday, 26 March 2008

A Nice Green Leaf: Tardy Plant of the Week


Oh look, I'm sorry, I forgot to post my Easter bloom! My only excuse is that Easter was so early this year, the little Pasque flower hadn't even quite got around to opening up. 

I prefer it in bud, though, because of its lovely feathery foliage, and the fur on the buds which look rather appropriately like little baby rabbits. And in the centre of this photo, there's a flower on the brink of opening, a tiny glimpse of the vivid purple and yellow to come (you can click on it to see it bigger).

This particular plant is labelled Pulsatilla rubra on the rock garden at Kew.
(That area is starting to look really nice after massive reconstruction taking many months, and at the moment lots of species tulips are just beginning to come out - it's well worth a spring visit.)

But five minutes of internet research suggests that most botanists would label rubra as a variety of vulgaris, though there remains a bit of disagreement about whether rubra was bred by human hand, or that of a greater creator.

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