Friday, June 11, 2010

Punica Granatum

These are the buds and flowers on the ornamental pomegranate tree growing in my front yard. I love the delicate and variegated color of the petals. These trees do not make edible fruit, but are pretty and create some shade. They are carefree and drought resistant, and don't mind the southern Italian heat. Which, by the way, has arrived with a vengeance!

10 comments:

Karl said...

Hi Saretta, beautiful flowers and wonderful pic!

Best greetings - Karl

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely. My kind of tree.

Halcyon said...

A very pretty flower. I wouldn't mind having one in my yard too!

bfarr said...

Gorgeous flower. I assume the 'berry' is the fruit or maybe another blossom waiting to bloom?

Saretta said...

yes, bfarr, that thing that looks like a berry is actually another flower before it blooms!

VP said...

This is the first time I see pomegranate flowers and they are really something. Do the normal fruit trees have similar flowers?

Saretta said...

VP - apparently they do! And if you are interested in more info. on this fascinating plant, check out wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate

KC said...

That's really lovely. We have a few plants that produce edible pomegranates but their flowers are much simpler.

Ming the Merciless said...

It looks very similar to peony. Love the color, the flowers and the bulbs.

Bangkok Photos said...

lovely shot !