Small but beautiful

Friday, August 28, 2009

A lovely flower caught my eye today at the Garden (well, OK, more than one): Clusia lanceolata, the porcelain flower.

Sometimes called porcelain flower,
this is Clusia lanceolata.

Clusia was actually a Fairchild plant of the year in 2007. It is from Brazil’s sandy shore, and therefore is salt tolerant. The waxy flowers are small but rather elegantly turned out in six white petals that have red bases. It likes sun or partial shade, and stays in the shrub-size range or may become a small tree. There are male and female plants.