睡莲&粉蝶@RBG 皇家植物园

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July 3rd, 2016 天晴

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莲蕊如火焰,热烈如夏日艳阳!

其实还是喜欢荷花的恬雅淡远。。

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含苞待放中

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Eryngium × zabelii Sea Holly

This is the plant of the week! 银蓝色的菠萝形状的花,不知为何感觉这花来自外太空.

“Eryngium is a genus of flowering plants which is made up of around 250 species. Eryngium is more commonly known as Sea Holly and can be found in many parts of the world, mainly in coastal areas and grasslands. It is often mistaken for a thistle but actually isn’t in the same family. In fact, Eryngium is part of the same family as carrots.

Sea Holly was popular in the 17th and 18th century when its roots were candied and sold as ‘kissing comfits’ to sweeten the breath. These sweets were also known as eryngoes and boasted aphrodisiacal qualities. The selling of eryngoes was a popular trade in Tudor England and is even mentioned by Shakespeare in the Merry Wives of Windsor in reference to its use as an aphrodisiac:

“Let the sky rain potatoes; let it thunder to the tune of “Green Sleeves”; hail kissing comfits, and snow eryngoes.”

This particular variety of Sea Holly is a showy, intensely-iridescent, violet blue. It’s the result of a chance open pollination, which occurred in a controlled outdoor nursery environment in England in 1997. It is easily grown in dry, sandy, well-drained soils in full sun and is fairly tolerant of poor soil and drought. The intensity of it colors is best in areas with full sun and cool nights.

Wander down to the center bowl of the Rock where you can find this lovely Sea Holly growing along the edge of the water.”

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正午阳光晃晃,真想撑把花之伞

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Butterfly in Love…..

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