Thursday, July 6, 2017

This could become Canada's national flower

The Bunchberry
The Master Gardeners of Ontario held an on-line contest for Canada's National Flower. At present there is no such thing.
Using their own selection criteria the Gardeners narrowed down the list to just three: Hooded Ladies' Tresses, Twinflower and Bunchberry.
Over 9,000 people voted and more than 80 per cent chose the Bunchberry or Cornus canadensis.
I would agree. The Bunchberry is a beautiful little plant, is found everywhere and is cheerful from the time it flowers in the spring to the fall when it produces a cluster of brilliant red berries.
It seems to hold its flower for a long time too although that is part illusion. What looks like showy white petals are actually the bracts of the flower.
The Twinflower or Linnaea borealis is Sweden's national flower and is named after Carl Linneaus, the father of the binomial nomenclature system, i.e. the Genus species system used by scientists everywhere.
Hooded Ladies' Tresses are an orchid. I've never seen one. The Bunchberry and the Twinflower, however, grow right here in Nolalu and can be easily seen in Red Lake and most other locations as well.
The Ontario Gardeners will now pitch their selection to the other provinces and territories to see if they agree with the Bunchberry as the national flower. Who knows, someday we might see the Bunchberry featured on money.

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