As beautiful as it looks, this is not a flower. This is the growing stem of Aeonium SchwarzKopf which will eventually produce a large spike with hundreds of flowers.
Welcome to Magnificent Monday and let's have a great week with Flower Power!
|A busy bumble bee on Aeonium blossom..|
Note the poleen sacs on rear legs.
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During our winter months Aeonium are flowering in our garden, showing off symmetrical precisely arranged fleshy leaves, eventually growing into tall flower spikes, each with hundreds of small yellow flowers. In the short sunshine hours the bees are busy collecting nectar and pollen; one of the few flowering plants this month. Such a pleasure to see honey bees around as numbers have fallen since the Varoa mite established in New Zealand bee colonies a decade ago.
Aeonium are sub-tropical succulent plants of the Crassulaceae family. Native to the Canary Islands and some parts of Northern Africa, their colours and intricately precise geometry of leaf form make them very popular as houseplants, and for the natural or landscaped garden.
|Aeonium Schwarzkopf flower heads.|