Flowering Maple Photos
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This is one of my favorite flowers. I don't usually see them in peach though. It took a very low angle to get this shot, as the name suggests they kind of hang down like lanterns or bells. I was almost sitting on the ground.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
One if my favorite day-trips is to San Luis Obispo. There
is an old mill there that has been converted into a hotel
they still use the water wheel to make small batches of Ice Cream.
Right by the water wheel is this beautiful plant. It is called
a Chinese Lantern, Chinese Bellflower or Flowering Maple. The latter
because of it's Maple shaped leaves, although there is no relation.
There is another plant [Physalis alkekengi] that is also commonly called a Chinese Lantern, it's closely related to the Tomato and the Tomatillo. It's lantern is closed at the bottom, rather than open like these.
More info about Chinese Lanterns.
Physalis alkekengi and friends