Winter Means It’s Time for Orchid Shows
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Orchids are the perfect winter flower. Redolent of the tropics whether grown in a Northern greenhouse or “wild” in a rainforest, their colors, shapes and scents attract travelers.
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Flower of the Day: Foxglove

Submitted by on March 10, 2012 – 12:21 pmNo Comment

The island of Oban, just off the southern coast of New Zealand, is sparsely populated and replete with wildflowers.

This foxglove was spotted by our photographer growing along the main road.

Foxglove (the popular name for digitalis) is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials, according to Wikipedia.

There is a dark side to its beauty, because the entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds). The leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a nibble said to be sometimes sufficient to cause death (a great many murder mysteries have taken advantage of this attribute).

Dead Man’s Bells and Witches’ Gloves — alternate names for foxglove – are testament to its potentially deadly uses.

(Photo ©2011 by Susan McKee)

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