Exotic Flowers

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern N America, with a disjunct population in Columbia River Basin. The name comes from their white flowers that look like white breeches. The seeds have a fleshy organ “elaiosome” that attracts ants, which take the seeds to their nest, eat the elaiosomes, and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate.  They also create a poppy-like hallucinogen and is also called Staggerweed. This refers to cattle that have overindulged, causing convulsions and a staggering gait. Don’t eat or touch it, just admire its wings

Dutchman's breeches

Dutchman’s breeches

 

Verbena Pink Twister flowers are quite extraordinary in that they have 3 white petals and 2 rose-pink ones on the same flower!. They trailwell, are mildew resistant, and flower all Summer long with minimum fuss
+ this other mixed variety makes great herbal tea or grow em in your garden: http://amzn.to/1SBBrlA

 

Verbena Pink Twister flowers

Verbena Pink Twister flowers

 

Zingiber Beehive Ginger flower (Zingiber spectabile) from SE Asia, they emerge on short stalks and the plant has antimicrobial properties and substantial concentrations of the Zerumbone synthase enzyme, which may be effective in treating colon cancer, but are oft used as fragrant ornamental flowers.

Zingiber Beehive Ginger flowers

Zingiber Beehive Ginger flowers

 

Pink Puya flowers (Puya dyckioides)…a rare pineapple relative from Argentina with a pastel color combo, which deepen as the cluster matures. This exotic Bromeliad is hardy down to 20-22°F. Despite being difficult to find, the Pink Puya is a very easy plant to grow. Here are some seeds: http://buff.ly/1HQ61lo

 

Pink Puya (Puya dyckioides)

Pink Puya (Puya dyckioides)