Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wrightia antidysenterica - Stars of the Milky Way

Several years back, Wrightia antidysenterica 'Arctic Snow' were popular plants planted by the roadsides. They are low maintennance plants and bloom continuously from the terminals of branches. After a while they tend to be leggy and needs trimming to maintain a compact shape.

The five-petaled flowers are pure white with yellow centres.

From far, the flowers against the dark green foliage appear like a myriad of stars, thus is also known as 'Milky Way'. They are also known as 'Artic Snow' or 'Snowflakes'.

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In spite of its common monikers of 'Artic Snow' or 'Snowflakes', it can take the intense heat of the full tropical sunshine and still remain as fresh as ever. In the background are ...

the orange-yellow flowers of Bauhenia kockiana.

Suckers are commonly seen at the base of plants so clump division is the preferred and easier choice for propagation. Its pristine whiteness was showcased against ...

the pink and orange-pink Madagascar periwinkles in the background.

Wrightia antidysenterica is a favourite stomping ground for many insects. Flies, ants and spiders are frequent visitors.
Camouflage - the colours of this semi-transparent spider mimic that of the flower. 

This was planted in a small pot outside my kitchen window.
A sparrow getting ready to plunge into the container of Wrightia antidysenterica. I've no idea whta the attractiuon was.

   A sunbird perched high up on the stem to view the environment.

Prunings from various plants are dipped into vases, placed on the kitchen window sill instead of the garbage bag. They would later end up on the compost heap.


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