Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chrysothemis or Sunset Bells - The 'Powerful Plant'

Sunset Bells - I like to call it a very ‘powerful plant’. Its strength is evident from its leaves itself. See the hard and black texture of its leaves, which are also very rough to feel. 

Sunset Bells (Chrysothemis pulchella)

The name ‘Sunset Bells’ itself says many things about the flower. It has the beautiful color of evening sky when the Sun is about to set – that is, yellow and vivid orange. The orange part forms the base, on which the yellow flowers grow. And their shape resemble small bells. Very interesting, no? 

Sunset Bells (Chrysothemis pulchella)

Sunset Bells (Chrysothemis pulchella)

More than that, it is capable of overcoming any harsh climate. It can even grow from a small piece of stem thrown carelessly on the ground. And it is difficult to completely destroy it once its roots have grown well. Even then it may again grow in the next shower. But no need of doing it since it is a beautiful plant. It can grow by itself and does not need any care like Mexican Sunflower or hibiscus. On the other hand there are some flowers which require our careful attention and care, which would otherwise dry up, like roses and bougainvillea. How diverse is natures creations! So, this plant sometimes reminds me of some great people who overcame all the obstacles to pave their way to success. 

Sunset Bells (Chrysothemis pulchella)

Sunset Bells (Chrysothemis pulchella)

The plant is of Caribbean origin. Its botanical name is Chrysothemis pulchella and belongs to the family Gesneriaceae. These are now commonly used as ornamental plants in houses . It has small hair like projections on flowers. The herb usually grows to a height of few centimetres. It blooms during the months of May to November. It grows here in the wild also. These are also available to buy from nurseries and can be planted simply by stem cutting. Not even watering is required unless it is a very hard summer, that too during the initial stage only. 

Hope you liked this amazing plant.

13 comments:

  1. the bright blooms against the dark leaves are very striking.

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  2. mooie bloemen ze steken ook heel mooi af tegen het donkere blad.

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  3. Bright colors well shot...
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  4. Oh. pretty shots! Are these leaves edible? I find similar leaves here in Seoul which are pungent which are eaten...

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    1. I don't think they are edible.
      Thank you.

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  5. These are magically beautiful. I believe one could taste the honey of these flowers

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  6. Amazing flowers, as well your capture! The leaf pattern is wonderful and resembles plastic.

    Thanks for the info about the plant.

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  7. those are good fotos and what a beautiful flower that is ..

    Bikram's

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  8. Wow very nice & beautiful.

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  9. They are just beautiful :)
    Superb clicks, Abhinav!

    Cheers!

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  10. Great photos of the flowers and their leaves, fantastic.

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