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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Petrea volubilis

This woody vine from Mexico and Central America is a showstopper on the Glasshouse Corridor. Long racemes of many large starry flowers are suspended from suede textured, deep mauve stems.

Also known as Queen's Wreath, or Sandpaper Vine on account of its rough leaves, the flowers of Petrea volubilis are not quite as they seem. The five long tongues of pale blue parchment are in fact a calyx of modified sepals to which the flower actual, rather like an african violet in a deep purple velvet, is pinned.

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