Just sneaking in before Jude’s topic for April’s garden challenge comes to an end. Earlier this month i posted the unopen bud so i’m happy that it blossomed in time to reveal it’s full beauty. The Serruria protea genus has 55 species and ‘florida’ falls under the Mountain Skirted Spiderheads and this gorgeous specimen is known colloquially as “The Blushing Bride”. Curiously it is blooming early, it’s season should start from July through to October. The close-up view shows it’s cunning design – how the flowerhead divides into a headlet of 45- 60 flowers. Involucral bracts form a base and a ‘skirt’ of white tipped perianth with long, silky hairs hold the pollen.
The species in the wild is “Critically Endangered” but it’s popularity as a cut flower promotes it’s cultivation as a bedding plant. We were fortunate to purchase this one from the Kirstenbosch nursery and it takes pride of place in our garden.
For further information check out the excellent site PlantzAfrica.