Monday, 18 May 2020

Answer to the Flower Quiz

Piptanthus nepalensis
Nepal Laburnum
Family: Fabaceae, Leguminosae / Location: Himalayas
This medium sized evergreen shrub has leaves composed of 3 elliptic, dark green leaflets. It has short racemes of bright yellow flowers which appear from soft downy buds during early May. These are later followed by clusters of flat green seed pods. The shrubs stems are a distinctive dark green, almost black, and shiny. It thrives best in well drained soil, but requires some shelter to protect it during winter.
Three people gave the correct answers, which are shown in the order that they were received:-
1. John 
2. Mariette &
3. Britta 
Well done, and a big thank to all for taking part.


  1. Now we know what it's called..lovely.
    Take care.

  2. WOW! Fancy a plant from the Himalayas growing in your garden! I think it looks so beautiful and exotic. Take care. Best, Jane x

  3. I have started my day learning something new - and that's always a good thing!

  4. Hello Rosemary, This is a very beautiful plant, especially with those dramatic stems. I don't think I will ever get a chance to go to Nepal. Luckily, I can put it on my list of things to look for in England.

  5. Of course, I too should have realized there could be a link to laburnum with that shaped flower!
    Congrats. to those who got it!!!!
    How tall is your shrub Rosemary? Are you able to cover it in a freeze event?

    1. I think that our wall is roughly 6ft high Mary, but it doesn't quite reach to the top of it. It has survived in that situation for about 20 years and has never needed any extra cover as the wall itself appears to give it sufficient protection.

  6. Dearest Rosemary,
    It is a beauty! You did not reply to my question though: 'Any babies?'...
    Guess it would be harsh here and with your protected wall it seems to be perfectly happy!

    1. Dear Mariette - no I don't have 'any babies'. Apparently you can grow them from the seeds, but also take heel
      cuttings - neither of which I have bothered to do. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I had assumed that your winters would be milder than ours.

    2. Dearest Rosemary,
      With harsh I mean the extreme heat and at times drought and also sudden frost till -18ºC we have had, also -15ºC. No plant can adjust to such sudden changes, it kind of hardens slowly into dormancy in your region. With very drying northern winds it is killing for a lot of exotics. We've lost quite a number of plants, shrubs and trees. Sure it is sub tropic but with certain extremes.

    3. Dear Mariette - I have also lost several very costly plants that I spend time searching for which is really disappointing.

  7. Never have got that but now I can see a slight resemblance to ordinary golden rain in gardens.

  8. I see the seed is available here. Lovely plant. I suppose it would be beneficial for insects.


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