Wordless Wednesday – Furry flowers and spiky seedheads

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My annual pilgrimage this week to see the wild Pasque flowers on Church Hill, Therfield Heath, Herts. turned out to coincide with the end of their flowering period. They are a bit early this year. Luckily Pulsatilla vulgaris seed heads are as delightfully attractive as the flowers.

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And there were still enough flowers to enjoy in any case.

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I spent some time admiring their furry stalks and involucres

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Most of the flowers on the heath are short and the bowl of purple petals seems to float over that fuzzy ruff

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And it is not often that you see such hairy petals.

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Many of the plants were well advanced in seed production (16/04/2019)

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A freshly revealed seed head is a thing of beauty

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Nevertheless, there were plenty of pollinators visiting the remaining flowers, so there will be plenty more seed heads to come.

 

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13 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Furry flowers and spiky seedheads

  1. susurrus says:

    I was trying to remember earlier this week who posted about wild pulsatillas growing fairly close to where they lived. My fingers were crossed this year’s visit would appear before too long and here it is!

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I suspect Pasque flowers might be named for the paschal season — do they traditionally bloom around Easter? I was delighted to see the word ‘involucre’ as well. I just learned that their presence or absence is a way to distinguish between our two species of wine cups.

    • Yes, you are right that they get their name from their Easter flowering (somewhat optimistically said to start blooming on Good Friday!). Well, in any case their season is March to the beginning of May. I have to admit to not knowing the ‘ruff’ was called an involucre until I looked it up, but now I know why Salvia involucrata and Davidia involucrata are so called! So now I am off to look up wine cups …

  4. This was lovely. Great job.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    One of the last remaining wild stands – so beautiful!

  6. Wonderful flower. I would love to see them in the wild!

  7. Tina says:

    Nice set of shots. The first shot reminds me of those physics demontrations where they have the person (usually, a kid) place their hand on the Van de Graaf generator and the hair stands straight up and out. Nice that these plants do that all on their own. 🙂

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