Curator’s Plant of the Month – May 2018

Magnolia biloba at Thorp Perrow

MAGNOLIA Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Magnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. Therefore, unlike most flowers, magnolia blooms are not pollinated by bees or butterflies. Instead, the magnolia relies on beetles […]

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Curator’s Plant of the Month – March 2018

daffodils at Thorp Perrow

NARCISSUS Daffodil is the official common name for any plant that falls under the genus Narcissus, including jonquils, paperwhites, and Lent Lily. But most people use the term “daffodil” to refer to the familiar trumpet-shaped springtime blooms. Thorp Perrow holds several ancient varieties in the historic ‘Springs Wood’ area of the Arboretum. The Daffodil Society found […]

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