Friday, March 11, 2011

Omphalodes cappadocica--Navelwort

So blue! And so many flowers! The first time I saw this, I thought it was a holey blue tarp with some leaves sticking through. But no, it is Navelwort, a plant in the forget-me-not family. Navelwort is a funny name. I thought maybe it was "naval" and had something to do with the color of the sea. But, again, no, the seeds have a divot that looks like a bellybutton. Whoever named it must have had fine powers of observation, the seeds just can't be very big. It is beginning to bloom now at the UC Botanical Garden, and should be even more lovely in another week or two.

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