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Cerinthe major 'Purpurescens'

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This exotic and unusual-looking plant from central and southern Europe is actually quite hardy. This is a good species in which to see 'nectar theft' in action. Instead of entering the flower as intended and collecting pollen on the way, bees access the nectar by biting holes into the base of the flower. A member of the borage family, this species is unusual in having hairless foliage.

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  • Posted: Wed. 3rd June 2009 19:44