Thursday, February 17, 2011

True blooms of the Squirrel's Tail

The little purple buds encased in the white blooming bracts of my Justicia betonica have opened.

Squirrel's Tail (Justicia betonica) blooming bract with true blooms emerging near the base.  Other buds can be seen inside the bract.
Do you see the 3 lower petals and the throat?  They are actually pretty neat blooms, although they are small.

The single blooming stalk has gotten heavy and is laying on its side now.  I wonder what the chances are of the blooms pollinating...


  1. Awesome picture! Good job! I like the Squirrel's Tail even more now!

  2. So unique! Looks like you have quite a treasure of a plant.