Tuesday, May 1, 2012

THE MANFREDAS

Wander around my garden at the moment and your eye will be drawn way up into the sky.


Siler's tuberose, Manfreda sileri, is in flower and the flowers are borne on a stem over 6' tall.  The plant is native to south Texas.


The stamens are neatly packed inside of the perianth lobes just waiting to burst forth.


At ground level the plant has long strappy pale green leaves splattered with brown spots. An interesting  feature plant in the landscape.

8 comments:

  1. Must be a spectacular plant!

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  2. Really like the spots! Anything attracted to the blooms?

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  3. I need to specify those more...and check on the ones I used at a clinic. Those spotted leaves a nice, almost tropical touch to a shadier spot out here.

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  4. I'm looking forward to adding this plant to my collection. The interesting foliage and cool flower spike are a great combination.

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  5. Merle,Aussie. 12.ll.14. 11.15am .I have some growing in my garden .East coast Australia.and had no idea what it was,this year 4 large flower spikes bloomed,which were really something so different.never seen anything like it before.Thanks to your blog I now know.I am so excited to have found out,as my neighbours also wanted to know what this lovely and unusual plant was.

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  6. Merle. from Australia. I have this unusual plant growing ,and until now had no idea what it was,until I found your blog.this year was first time it had 4 massive flowers stalks,much admired by all.I live on east coast,and the plant thrives here.Thank you for your blog,I was excited to find it.

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  7. Thank you. I have them in a bed along my driveway and did not know what they were. Counting twelve spikes this spring.

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