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The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
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Inula magnifica

This imposing plant in the Compositae, daisy, plantings of the Systematic Beds is a magnet for insects and visitors alike. The flowers begin as green goblets from which first erupt the ray florets, the fused petals of the ligules just tattering at the very tips. These then open out and flatten into huge 6 inch diameter sunbursts at the centre of each are the buttons of disc florets, often picked over by butterflies and other insects.

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