Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pasque Flowers

The Pasque flower or windflower as it is more commonly known, has to be one of the most interesting flowers in my gardens. It has lovely soft, green leaves, and beautiful six or seven petalled flowers. The interesting thing about their flowers is that they begin a deep burgundy colour which changes to a strong violet colour. You can't even say that it had faded really, as the two colours are so different.

When these beauties are done flowering, they form the most intricate seed head. It almost looks like another flower. As they mature, they fall apart and blow away in the wind, hence the name windflower. The leaves then wither and die and the entire plant goes dormant again until next April when it begins to show off its finery all over again.

Marvelous!

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