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Another of my so small as to be almost invisible weenies- Lamium avicolor

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    Default Another of my so small as to be almost invisible weenies- Lamium avicolor

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Size:  46.3 KBI would guess that the flowers are rather less than a cewntimetre at the maximum spread, and since they are not brightly coloured, its one you will not even notice . (Can't think why I bought it - I suppose it seemed a good idea at the time ).
    I have been growing it for several years, from the original 3 bulb scrap, and each year the bulbs have got a little larger although even now, the tallest fattest is only about an inch high and as far round the waist as the usual pencil. I wondered if it ever would flower, and what I needed to do to give it a nudge, then spotted the spike. Actually several other bulbs are also starting them, but its no show stopper if every bulb flowered, which of course won't happen.

    If you can focus so small, the flowers are a little odd ; Jay says "The pollina have two larger center pollina are compressed with two outer smaller 2 pollina are elongated and comma shaped. The flowers are non-resupinate and have a small bird-like appearance. "

    Something went wrong with his language there - but what it means is that all those pollinias squashed up give a rather beak like appearance, and of course the flower is "upside down" to what we normally get (non-resupinate) although the little bird look, and hence the name, has nothing to do with either of those matters I think.

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    Cute little thing, even if the flowers aren't spectacular. It is going on my wish list as I'm expanding my collection of minis due to space issues. Easy to grow?

    Small spelling correction, if anyone else wants to look for it: Lanium (with an n) avicula (sometimes incorrectly listed as avicola). May also be seen as Epidendrum.

    Lamium (with an m) is a genus of herbaceous annuals and perennials sometimes called deadnettles.

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    Very cute! I love the little bird like flowers. Too cute...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    Cute little thing, even if the flowers aren't spectacular. It is going on my wish list as I'm expanding my collection of minis due to space issues. Easy to grow?

    Small spelling correction, if anyone else wants to look for it: Lanium (with an n) avicula (sometimes incorrectly listed as avicola). May also be seen as Epidendrum.

    Lamium (with an m) is a genus of herbaceous annuals and perennials sometimes called deadnettles.
    Thanks for that - I should certainly have known better about Lamium- its a genus often et with in UK both as wild flowers and garden flowers. And I actually had it tagged as auricula - ( I must have ben deaf or daft when I made the label ! ) but I did manage to make some sort of correction when I checked up on the flowers in IOSPE before posting. Pity i didn't get it all right.

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    Very pretty little baby, lovely plump bulbs, the flowers are seriously cool, like small colibris.

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    Not a show stopper, true, but still a cute little plant and it is doing its best to show its appreciation for its care.






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    Interesting plant--thanks for sharing.

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    I like the growth of this orchid. Cute & tiny little blooms.

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