Looking good now
The multitude of golden black-eyed Susan is setting the Autumn Garden aglow.
The multitude of golden black-eyed Susan is setting the Autumn Garden aglow.
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Fritillaria imperialis

Through the Woodland and on the Systematic Beds, hoops of orange and yellow crown imperial bells sporting a tuft of bright green leaves are standing in joyful crowds.
Sturdy, straight blue-grey stems support a circlet of rich orange flowers, the shoulder of each petal striped blue-grey, and a top-knot of fresh green leaves at odds with its father unpleasant foxy scent.

If very lucky, you could spot blue-tits visiting the flowers. Cambridge University botanist, Alberto Burquez, noted Blue-tits visiting the crown imperials at the Botanic Garden over several springs in the late 1980s and was the first to show that a European flower could be pollinated by a bird (Oikos, vol 55, p 335). This also makes the crown imperial the most northerly species of bird-pollinated, or ornithophilous, plant to be reported.
Publication Date
04/04/2014