Flowers resembling birds can add natural beauty to indoor and outdoor gardens. These blooms have evolved into these unique forms to attract pollinators.
The Parrot Flower (Impatiens psittacina) is a scarce plant that resembles a parrot with shades ranging from red to purple, hooded dorsals, and lateral petals that resemble wings.
The Parrot Flower orchid is an exotic green bloom resembling a parrot when seen from the side, earning it the name “moth orchid.” Quickly growing under low light conditions and year-round.
Sphagnum moss is the ideal growing medium for this species of orchid, being lightweight and cheap – suitable for commercial growers trying to reduce costs. Unfortunately, sphagnum moss holds moisture very well, which could eventually lead to root rot issues in later growth cycles.
Parrot flowers bloom all year, but it’s advisable to remove flower heads before they produce seeds and seedpods for optimal blooms. Doing this will encourage additional colors while prolonging the lifespan of your plant.
Ophrys apifera) is an attractive miniature orchid, blooming between June and July. Adaptable to numerous habitats, this beauty was recently named the Bedfordshire County Flower. Meadows with chalk bases tend to be preferred, but this species also frequently appears in old quarries, pits, and spoil heaps.
These orchid flowers have flowers scented to mimic female bees and have evolved to resemble their bodies in shape and scent. Their pollinia are strategically placed to attract male bees.
As Mr Bee lands on a flower to mate with it, pollinia sticks to his head. When he moves away from it, they shift to contact its stigma and transfer pollen, ensuring that its pollination occurs with itself instead of another flower! This ensures the success of reproduction for each plant!
Caleana central orchids produce flowers that resemble flying ducks. So beloved are they in Australia that they even appear on postage stamps! Unfortunately, you won’t be able to grow this plant outside its native environment due to symbiosis between its roots and an uncommon fungus found only in Australian eucalyptus woodlands.
This orchid’s “duck head” sits atop a flexible hinge that emits a scent similar to that of female sawflies’ pheromones, drawing male sawflies towards its flower and drawing them closer until their wings close around them, leading them to pollinate its flower via pollination! What an incredible example of evolution at work!
Green Bird flower
This unique plant is genuinely breathtaking, yet what has drawn people in is how its shape reminds people of a flock of green hummingbirds in flight. Known as Crotalaria cunninghamii (Green Birdflower), this captivating specimen gained widespread notice after being posted by a Reddit user last month.
Allan Cunningham was the 19th-century botanist who first discovered and described this perennial shrub found throughout arid desert regions of Australia, featuring long, woolly branches with soft green foliage that features hairy or furry bristles, soft oval leaves, and sizeable greenish pea flowers streaked with black lines resembling birds fastened to their flowerhead by their beaks.
This plant, also known as mangarr and the regal birdflower, was used by Aboriginal people to treat eye infections. But its similarity may have developed through mimicry – where one species mimics another for survival purposes.
Red Bird Flower
Red Bird Flower (Scrophularia macrantha) provides a showy display all summer long in Palm Springs’ dry landscaping designs, where it thrives under intense heat. Its simple care requirements and drought tolerance make this plant suitable for planting anywhere – full sun or partial shade environments alike!
This rare perennial from New Mexico and Arizona’s southern mountains is so-named because its flowers resemble flocks of birds roosting in trees. A great way to attract hummingbirds into your garden!
Green Birdflower (Crotalaria cunninghamii) is an evergreen perennial shrub that resembles a flock of green hummingbirds. As part of the legume family, this species is indigenous to northern Australia and grows well on dunes, coastlands, and deserts.
White Egret Orchid
The white egret orchid is an incredible species that resembles a flying egret. This terrestrial orchid grows throughout Japan, Korea, and parts of China, where there are grassy wetlands or seepage slopes with seepage slopes that drain into them from waterways or seepage. This plant requires well-draining sandy soil with only light layers of sphagnum moss on top, and water should be provided at regular intervals throughout its growing season to remain healthy.
Researchers have studied the evolution of this flower for years to understand its unique appearance better. Researchers discovered that its fringe not only lends an aesthetic aspect but serves as an aid for pollinators hawkmoths to access nectar sources as they drink nectar from this orchid flower – thus improving cultivation methods of this orchid species. This knowledge may contribute to furthering research efforts regarding the cultivation techniques of this orchid species.
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise plants from the Strelitzia genus are easy to cultivate as tropical landscape plants outdoors in hot climates or indoor houseplants in frost-free zones, both as outdoor or indoor houseplants. Preferring full sun but tolerating partial shade conditions, these tropical landscape plants make a dramatic statement when placed near water features or mixed with other tropicals such as bananas, gingers, and Heliconias to form colorful garden displays.
Bird of paradise plants usually take three or four years before blooming, and propagation is easily achieved by dividing its underground stems, or rhizomes, into individual pieces and planting the new ones that emerge at their base. You may also discover some rooted offsets at the bottom of mature plants.
Be sure to provide ample sunlight and regular watering for your bird of paradise plant, removing dead leaves and flower stalks as needed to maintain a tidy appearance and prevent fungal disease. Fertilize weekly between spring and summer using fertilizers as directed on their labels.