March 27th, 2013
The letter is K
Not the easiest letter when you are looking for something botanical that begins with K
Here is Kalkwitzia Amabilis
most commonly known as a Beauty Bush
Amabilis means 'lovely' and it is a most apt descriptive name
A Chinese shrub of the Honeysuckle family
the bush was twice discovered in Central China, - once by the Jesuit
Missionary Giuseppe Giraldi in Shensi, and then in western
Hubei province by E.H. 'Chinese' Wilson, who was collecting for Veitch Nurseries.
It was named for Richard Kolkwitz, a professor of botany in Berlin.
The shrub was first grown in the Veitch Nurseries in 1901
and became very popular in the U.S. following World War 1,
almost a defining shrub in American gardens between the World Wars.
The flowers are pinkish, with yellow throats and very fragrant.
It is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
The fruit is bristly, which proves, I guess, that you can't have everything!
In full sun the shrub will grow 8-10 feet tall, requiring a fair amount of space
as the branches are very arching.
It is propogated by soft wood cuttings, and I would love to find one of these
lovely shrubs and try a soft wood cutting! I would put it in the corner of the back garden
and it could have all the space it wanted.........
Here is a close-up of the beautiful bell shaped flowers,
which grow in pairs.
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and thank you to all who work with this wonderful meme.