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Do up your garden with wild pink flowers

Posted on Jun 30, 2006

Streptopus roseus or The Sessile-Leaved Twisted-Stalk grows in woody, moist areas. It flowers from May to June. It is found in parts of North America especially in Oregon and Georgia. It has purplish pink colored flowers which are less than half an inch in length. The plant can grow up to two and a half feet. The leaves are thin and each leaf has numerous nerves. They have a rounded base and a tapering end. There is also a red, round berry which has a number of seeds. The flower is a member of the Lily of the Valley family.

The berry looks bright red in the month of August and attracts a lot of birds. You may not be able to see the flowers at one glance because they are arranged on the stem backwards. Their arrangement looks similar to the Solomon’s Seals.

The Clasping-Leaved Twisted-Stalk or Streptopus amplexifolius is identified by its leaves which are non green on their underside or by its oval shaped berry. But this identification is only possible when there are no flowers on it. The leaves are coated with down on their undersides. This is needed to keep the pores open which are quite important for plants growing in wet soil.

Stemless Lady’s Slipper, Venus or Pink are all different names for Moccasin Flowers. Its botanical name is Cypripedium acaule. The flower grows well in sandy, deep or rocky woods. It flowers from May to June. It is found in Kentucky, North Carolina and Minnesota. The plant produces magenta color flowers which have dark pink color on their upper side. The scented flowers can be up to two inches in length. The plant has thick leaves that can grow up to eight inches in length.

It’s difficult to find Lady’s Slipper growing because this beautiful flower is usually picked up. It can be found in the deep woods though where it’s hidden from human beings.

One interesting fact about this flower is that it can trap large bumblebees sometimes. The entrance for the bees is quite narrow, so that they pick up pollen grains as they squeeze through their way. A large bee may be able to gain entry but won’t be able to come out. It is thus trapped inside. The bee may come out though by making holes on the flower. So next time you see those holes on your flower, it could be due to this!

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