Saturday, November 1, 2008

Clianthus the beauty

This group consists of two tender, semi-evergreen shrubs from New Zealand. Their height ranges from 3-6 feet and they produce beautifully colored flowers in May and June. These plants are commonly known as Parrot's Bill, Parrotbeak, Lobster-claw and Glory Pea because of the interesting shape of their gorgeous blossoms. C. puniceus is a vigorous-growing, climbing shrub. It is medium-sized with pretty pinnate leaves, 3 to 6 inches long, consisting of 11 to 25, oblong leaflets. The large, bright red flowers are produced in clusters, in early summer; they are long with pointed petals. C. puniceus var. Albus is a medium-sized plant that has white flowers tinged with green. C. Dampieri's flowers are scarlet blotched with black.

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