Scrophulariaceae Beds

The foxglove family beds are looking particularly colourful at the moment. The common floral characteristic of the family of five usually united petals nevertheless give rise to a great variety of flower shape.
In the woolly foxglove the upper petals are fused into a hood while the lower looks like a white beard and provides the pollinators with a landing platform. In Calceolaria, the lower are fused and ballooned into a slipper shape, while in Linaria reticuata (above), the petals lipped and lobed in a rich pink contrasting vividly with the bright yellow throat.

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