A sweet & simple handheld bouquet of flowers…
Though it’s one bloom and only the size of a nickel. Each petal is curled tight like a fist, waiting to unfurl and explode into its most unusual streamer-like bloom. I feel I can almost hear that explosive pop as it expands into its fun, joyful metamorphosis. So, here is a sweet and simple bouquet for you to enjoy and ponder its transformation.
points of interest
Loropetalum ‘Suzanne’ is a round shrub with lightly aromatic, spidery, medium-pink flowers blooming in early spring. New leaf growth is reddish purple, maturing to green that feels slightly abrasive to the touch. Resembling its relative witch hazel, fringe flower’s horizontal branches hold clusters of the fringed, strap-like flowers. Popular in Southern landscapes, this plant can be hedged or part of the shrub border.
This shrub prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil in full sun for best flowering or light partial shade. Generally problem free.
friday’s flower fact
The Chinese Fringe Flower botanical name is Loropetalum chinense ‘Suzanne’. Loropetalum’s comes from the words ‘loron’ meaning ‘strap’ and ‘petalon’ meaning ‘leaf’ or ‘petal’, referencing the form of the flower petals.
Botanical Name | Loropetalum chinense ‘Suzanne’
Family | Hamamelidaceae
Type | Broadleaf Evergreen
Origin | China, Japan, Southeast Asia
Zone | 7-10
Flower Height | 3-4’
Flower Diameter | 1-2”
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden
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