Friday, August 6, 2010

Tubular Clusters of Purple

This unusual but beautiful bloom of Royal Queen Purple Violet Tubeflower (Iochroma) always amuses me. It is a tall scraggly plant that is over my head now, but its height helps it stand out at the back of the flower bed. As you might guess, it is a favorite of the hummingbird which most likely is the only pollinator that can get into the flower head with their long tongues. From South America, it does well in out climate, but is not hardy in colder climates.

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