Friday, 3 August 2012

'Mutabilis'

Nicotiana mutabilis
'Mutabilis' meaning 'changeable', in terms of a plants colour/flowers. Two, so named, plants showing the mutabilis characteristic, Nicotiana mutabilis and Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis', can be found in the border at the bottom of the quad, both in flower at the moment 
Nicotiana mutabilis has delicate trumpet shaped flowers that are creamy white first and then gradually fade to pink, getting darker as they mature. Both young and old flowers are found on each plant at the same time so have created a beautiful, multi coloured display.
Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' , a China Rose, has beautiful, single flowers, opening a coppery yellow and changing through a range of colours, apricots to pinks. The flowers, all at different stages of maturity, create the same effect as the Nicotiana.

Rosa chinensis 'mutabilis'

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