Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cardinal Flower??

Have you ever wondered why they call the cardinal flower, cardinal flower? Oh you have not, and neither have I until this morning. Wandering around outside drinking coffee (again), I looked over to the clump of flowers and it struck me that they (whoever they are that decide which names are assigned to which flowers) picked a funny name for that particular flower.

Sure it's red, but there are a zillion other red flowers so it couldn't be that, and it doesn't attract cardinals such as a butterfly bush attracts butterflies, bee balm attracts bees, etc, etc. So what were they thinking?? I decided to take a closer look.

And then a closer look

And finally a really close look
Ah ha!! Problem solved!!


Roses and Lilacs said...

Aren't they the most gorgeous shade of red? That is my Dad's favorite flower.

flydragon said...

Hi Marnie,
It is such a vibrant red!! And that flower does resemble a cardinal on the wing. Well, maybe not a lot but at least a little bit.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos! I love the color red and those are so vibrant.
I do see why they care called the Cardinal Flower, especially as you zoomed in.

Thanks for the kind and supportive words on my blog. It means a lot.

Susie said...

Isn't that a beautiful color? We sold a particular variety of Cardinal flower at work that had dark, reddish colored foliage. It was pretty too!

flydragon said...

Hi Eileen,
You seem to have a lot of great support from people you do know but sometimes it also helps a little to get some from those you don't know.

Hi susie,
I had one of those dark red foliage plants a couple of years ago, but for some reason it didn't make it through the first winter. I was very disappointed because I liked that one too.