Sarah Coles

Enchanter’s Gift

Henry’s Lily, or Lilium henryi  I am devoted to this lily.  The flowers bloom in a cascade and sway in the breeze like a flaming corps de ballet.   This enchanting creature has thirty or so blooms on a single stem, and comes up every year without fail.  Like all good flowers, it looks great from a distance, as well as bearing intimate inspection.  Each bloom is covered with pimples called papillae, and its delicate orange shade turns to green at the throat.  What is the purpose of these whiskery papillae?  Maybe to intrigue insects as much as me.  We have minute papillae on the...
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