Much as I love a traditionally beautiful flower, there’s just something about the really weird blooms that always draws me in. When I was in North Carolina recently, I was incredibly taken with a display of carnivorous pitcher plants – not only are they tiny death traps for insects of all kinds, but they’re fascinating to look at up close. I could sit and stare at the intricacy of a columbine bloom all day long, and gloriosa lilies are always enough to stop me dead in my tracks for a closer look.
Without a doubt, though, the weirdest blooms in my yard are those of my pipevines (Aristolochia spp.) Before the blooms open, it’s easy to see the pipe shape that inspires the name, but that’s not really the strangest part. My Calico Dutchman’s Pipe (A. littoralis) has blooms the size of salad plates, and the color and design… well, it’s frankly just strange.
Do you love to grow strange blooms? What’s the weirdest flower that grows in your yard? Share with us in the comments below!