Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Big Mamma Turk’s Cap

Here is an unusual flower with an unusual name. It's called Big Mamma Turk's Cap and I found it at the Desert Botanical Garden. The technical name for this flower is Malvaceae. Having never heard of this flower before, I did a little research and found that it was hybridized by someone named G. Grant and it was first registered in 2005. That would make it a fairly new plant form.

8 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I wonder if the person who registered this plant just 5 years ago also had the right to choose the name, and how much did he or she have to drink before they came up with that name?

brattcat said...

So is it a new plant form or is it a newly identified old plant form? I love it's name.

brattcat said...

I mean 'its' name.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very interesting. and such a vibrant color of red.

Jarart said...

You even got a bee in the picture!
I wonder if the hummng birds visit this flower also.

JM said...

Never heard of this before and it's beautiful!.

Kathy said...

I think it was the "Big Mamma" variety that was recently hybridized because Turk's Cap has been grown for generations in the South. My grandmother and several of my aunts (some of whom have been deceased for nearly half a century) had it in their gardens. easttexasgardening.tamu.edu says it is a bush native to Texas and Mexico. It is definitely a beautiful plant with its dark green heart-shaped leaves. My mother has one from a cutting from one of her sisters who died many years ago and a friend a few years back brought her a cutting of one that bears a pink flower. I like the bright red ones best!

Kate said...

I love the name and the colour of the bud on the plant, or is it the shape of the blossom itself, I wonder.