Friday, September 26, 2008

One of the precious early auriculas in closeup.
The farina sets off the ruby glow of the petals.
This one is labelled "Border magenta" for some strange reason.


Alice said...

I don't think I have ever seen this flower - what a magnificent colour.


Auriculas are alpines from Europe mostly, and quite rare here. Penlan in Tasmania carries a limited range, and they do grow from seed. There are Auricula societies in the UK, and one day I aspire to importing some seed. They are amazing. The actual flower is around 1.5cms acrossand the umbel around 10-12 cms - and they tend to have multiple flowers out at te same time, which is quite a display for a smallish plant. Very slow to increase, which is I suppose why they stay rare.