Friday, February 13, 2015
B. lyrata gains its name from its fragrance. It is said to smell like chocolate - on hot, still days. Obviously, the fragrance isn't overpowering! I certainly smelled nothing this morning, when we had strong, cool winds blowing.
Scent aside, the plant is native to the Chihuahua Desert of New Mexico, so should be a good choice in a desert garden, particularly here since it is tolerant of clay. Also, the flowers are said to dry well so I hope to use future blooms in my Monday vases.
Having discovered this chunky little bloom, I looked around to see the other yellow daisy-type flowers in bloom. Tetraneuris acaulis has started flowering again. Forgive the washed-out condition of these photos, please! The sun was very bright when I grabbed my camera.
http://anpsa.org.au/APOL22/jun01-2.html It reminds me how recently some wonderful plants have been brought into cultivation - and with how much effort by dedicated plantsmen. Thanks for the link, Elizabeth!
"Outback Sunrise" has a completely different growth habit from "Valentine", the other Eremophila I am growing. "Outback Sunrise" is a variety of E. prostrata, and its habit can be deduced from the name. It is so far low-growing, with arching branches spreading outward; leaves are lightly serrated and glossy green - an unmistakable, strong green, not always seen in desert-adapted plants with their tendency to muted, grey hues. I am not sure just how far it will reach; various sizes are quoted for this plant. It has been very drought-tolerant, but I've started giving it a bit of extra water as temperatures warm up and the plant goes into full bloom.
There are still lots of unopened buds!
The little viola flowers blooming beside the path down from the patio...