How peculiar: A green flowerBy Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)
June 21, 2010
Bells of Ireland
Bells of Ireland is an obvious one when thinking of green flowers. It forms 2-3 foot spikes of pale chartreuse calyces which surround modest blooms. The striking height and calyces make it an interesting background or border plant.
Bells of Ireland are extremely easy to start from seed if you provide the cold it needs to germinate. You can direct sow these in early- to mid-Spring, depending on your location, or you can refrigerate them for 1-2 weeks before sowing.
Spurge is the blue collar, no-fuss-no-muss green flowering plant on the list. Spurge is not really known for its striking blooms, more for its unique habit and foliage. However, the blooms are a striking shade of chartreuse sometimes with crimson centers. There are many beautiful spurges to grow, including Wood Spurge, ‘Redwing,' Cushion Spurge, Waldstein's Spurge, and Irish Spurge.
Be very careful when planting euphorbias such as Spurge.
Calla lily ‘Green Goddess'
Nepal Lily (Lilium nepalense)
Iris ‘Olive Garden'
|If you love irises and the unusual, ‘Olive Garden' should be on your want list. This Standard Dwarf Bearded blooms pale yellow-green standard and falls with a bright whitish-blue beard very early in the season.|
Coneflower (Echinacea and Rudbeckia)
There are several beautiful coneflowers that bloom green flowers. Echinacea purpurea 'Coconut Lime' and 'Green Envy' are both hardy perennials that have interesting green tinted blooms. Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard' has an extremely dark center with small bright green petals.
Mind you, there are plenty of other green flowering plants out there such as orchids, spider chrysanthemums, and pitcher plants, but I wanted to focus this article on plants that some of us could actually get our hands on and grow.
Are you green with desire yet?
|Thumbnail (Bells of Ireland) - Daryl||Nepal Lily - Wallaby1||Hydrangea 'Limelight' - Calif_Sue|
|Waldstein's Spurge - Bonitin||P. suberosa-Floridian||Calla Lily 'Green Goddess' - Mrporl|
|Corsican Rose - Kniphofia||Iris 'Olive Garden' - Puttytat||Spurge - Begoniacrazii|
|Hydrangea 'Limelight' - Scutler||Zinnia 'Envy' - Bigcityal||Spurge- Rwc_gardener|
|Calla Lily 'Green Goddess' - Ursula||Bells of Ireland-Dave||Bells of Ireland - Gabrielle|