Field of Science

Friday Fabulous Flower - Scarlet Cups

Wow! What a color! Pictures never do it justice. My first encounter with this species Callirhoe involucrata, a member of the Mallow family, was made while driving along a highway with one of my best friends and colleagues. Me: What's that fuchsia (also an honorific genus) flower? He: What flower? Quite a difference in perspective, but he's never really seen them because he's red-green color blind, so to him this flower does not stand out against a green background rather defeating its purpose. As beautiful as this flower is, the Phactor has to admit that he can't grow it. The reason for this is this plant is a favorite food of rabbits, and the result on both occasions when this cheerful native was planted is that it was eaten into oblivion.

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