May 28, 2006

You can lead a horticulture, but... can't make her think. Or so they say.

But speaking of horticulture, who can ID these flowers?.

(as usual, click to enlarge)

They have these strange tail-like things hanging out the back.

Bonus points if you can name this one. (hint: it's just the center of a large flower.)


At 5/27/2006 8:21 AM, Blogger Daytrotter said...

the top two are columbine. the bottom looks like a variety of clematis

At 5/27/2006 2:56 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ding ding ding ding ding!!

We have a winner!

Daytrotter, you know you stuff. The bottom shot is indeed a clematis.

I'd been told the top flower was not a columbine by a source, but after some quick research online, I'd have to say that you're correct and they're wrong.

They sure look like the shots of columbine available online.

I also found that those tail looking things are called spurs.

They're tube shaped elongations of the five white petals. They serve as reservoirs for nectar and different species of columbine each have different shapes and sizes of spurs designed to attract a specific sort of pollinator.

Great work!

At 5/30/2006 8:37 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Correct - the top is columbine. I have them in my yard.


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