She sits quietly under the surface of the soil hiding from the harsh white light of winter. Come mid Spring the sun's rays encourage new foliage to unfurl above creating dappled shade. It's her cue for showtime!
There's nothing demure about this beautifully showy woodlander that grows in our garden. Miss Paris polyphylla var stenophylla emerges from her Winter slumber in extravagant peacock style, extending her spidery petals and stamen, runway-ready, making shapes that demand the warm light of flashbulbs.
I am addicted to Paris and this is my favorite of all. The glamorous structure of this plant excites me as a gardener and plant lover and reaffirms my love for nature's relentless creativity. The bottom tier of foliage comprises of a whorl of narrow pointed green lanceolate leaves, topped by an amazing green 'flower' whose sepals are as wide as the leaves below, in turn accented by the most elegant petals seen this side of the Rive Gauche. I love Paris in the Springtime!