Deceptive first impression…

First appearances can be deceiving. This is the case with this “wallflower”. Queen’s Wreath Vine (petrea volubilis) seems to have a profusion of lovely Violet flowers. However, the abundance of purples are actually the flowers’ calyces (or sepals) that originally wrapped around the flower petals. There are really only two “flowers” in this image; and perhaps a bit of a bloom on the far right. Be careful with assumptions when making observations, reminds this former science teacher! Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
The lovely, graceful, Queen’s Wreath is also known as the Sandpaper Vine because the leaves are stiff and scratchy like sandpaper. I prefer the former name because of it’s splendor. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg

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