Looking good now
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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Vernonia altissima

Known as tall ironwood and native to the eastern USA, this still majestic plant is curtailed to around 5ft in our drier conditions - in Ohio it has been recorded at well over 7ft tall.
The flower stems divide and divide to form a wine glass shape, the liquid replaced with bright purple flowers of densely packed bright purple tattered petals. The whole bed is abuzz with bees.

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