Wordless Wednesday – Persian Ironwood in flower


Cherry red Parrotia persica flowers are brightening up the Pleasure Grounds at Wimpole


The flower clusters are pushing out from the furry husks, like feeding sea anemones


Ready to dance in the wind


Or maybe they are related to red legged hermit crabs!


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16 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Persian Ironwood in flower

  1. Lovely little clusters of color.

  2. susurrus says:

    … or a flock of pink flamingo seedlings?

  3. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous and great photos. I tried this but lost it, I think it needs an acid soil.

    • From what I’ve read it can tolerate alkaline soils if they are moist, but well-drained. I am pretty certain that a PH test at Wimpole would show it to be fairly alkaline given its proximity to a chalk ridge. Maybe your got too dry? That’s how I’ve killed my witch hazel 😦

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, my, it does look like a red hermit crab! Love it!

  5. Tina says:

    That’s a gorgeous color. And in that one shot, there’s definitely a crab resemblance.

  6. What a stunning plant. It sure boosts the spirits.

  7. Christina says:

    I’d forgotten that it is winter flowering. I like the idea of hermit crabs!!

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