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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Red Clintonia berries - a cobalt-blue treat for the eyes on the Mendonoma Coast

A beautiful member of the Lily family, the Red Clintonia, Clintonia andrewsiana ,usually is in full bloom around Mother's Day here in the United States, which is the first part of May. If the flower doesn't get eaten by a Deer, the flowers will turn into striking cobalt-blue berries.

Rozann Grunig photographed one this past week at The Sea Ranch and has allowed me to share it here. You will also see below a photo by Frank Drouillard showing the red bloom.

I love finding this shade-loving wildflower in the forest. You probably won't be surprised to learn that another name for this plant is Blue Bead Lily.

1 comment:

Jeanne Jackson said...

The blue berries are poisonous so just enjoy them for their beauty!