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Prairie Nymphs are popping up all over the Cove
InformationbobreidTuesday, 17 November 2020 - 9:05pm
In the past week lots of small purple flowers have been popping up in lawns all over the Cove.
These flowers are commonly called Prairie Nymphs - scientific name Herbertia lahue. They flower around about now, and this year they seem to be quite prolific.
They are small, only a few centimetres wide and a few centimetres high, with three prominent outer petals, and three tiny inner petals, with complex patterning in the centre.
They are a member of the iris family from Chile and Argentina, and are called "Prairie Nymph" in the southern US states.
When I was taking some close up photos of them this morning I couldn't help noticing that the native bees love them, buzzing from flower to flower and loading themselves up with bright yellow pollen.