Leon’s mouth

Flowers in nature

Everyone knows that flowers are among the most beautiful and fascinating natural elements; it is no coincidence that this small but fundamental natural vegetable element has forcefully become part of all world cultures, so much so that not even one of them does not consider it in any way important for the human being. There are in fact the most ancient, traditionalist and almost “tribal” cultures for which the natural elements are friends, life companions and children of the same nature that they love and respect, fearing it without exploiting it; we are talking about populations such as Native Americans or Native Americans, traditionally very tied to nature: flowers for them are an almost mystical symbol of the extraordinary power of nature, enclosed in such a small and apparently delicate body.

Spontaneity on earth

Do you know what it is that strikes us about flowers? It is difficult to say, so much so that even the countless scientific studies on it have not been able to synthesize it, but have only been able to trace the truly extraordinary effect that flowers have on our mood: it is something genetic, that is inside of we bear the traces of millions of years lived in contact with nature and this today causes an unconscious sense of pleasure, peace and serenity every time we come across a flower or a natural landscape. The thing that often surprises us most, even more than an unexpected floral gift, is to find a spontaneous flower in an unusual place, perhaps popped out of nowhere; do you know when we find those plants that sprout in the joints of the stones that form the old walls? They usually have bright and colorful flowers, and the fact that they come from a place so contrary to the canons of a classic garden is a message: nature has an extraordinary and surprising strength even for us who consider ourselves so evolved to dominate the world, while a small flower perched on an old wall shows us how the power of life is quite another thing …

The snapdragon

The floral species we are talking about in this article has to do closely with what we have just said in the previous paragraph: in the vast majority of times that flower that emerges from a wall is a snapdragon flower, a very common floral species characterized by particular shape of the flower that recalls the mouth of an animal or in any case an opening. In the past it was called snapdragon probably due to a popular suggestion, but the fact is that this name has remained over the years and has accompanied the myth of this very powerful floral species. Here, perhaps it is this inner life force that has made the lion associated with this flower: it is in fact a species that makes spontaneous growth one of its main growth characteristics, and in fact we can find it on the walls of old gardens, on the edges of roads and in every well-kept or uncared garden. The «snapdragon» plant has as morphological characteristics a herbaceous form that does not allow it to reach even one meter in height (the real average is around fifty centimeters) in its annual or biennial life, depending on the species.

Snapdragon: How it looks

Although the snapdragon is a flower that we all know because we have certainly seen it at least once around, it is good to know its main characteristics; said of the fact that it can have an annual or biennial life cycle, the plant has a tap root (that is, which develops deeper than in width, with a larger central section and few branches) in the ground and with one woody stem initially, but which then develops into green but quite turgid and resistant twigs. In the two-year duration phase, the plant dries up completely and therefore becomes all woody but small shoots remain almost as if by a miracle and from there the plant will sprout in the new growing season. The highlight of the plant are certainly the flowers: they develop on a pyramid-shaped inflorescence very elongated upwards and are numerous and large, as well as having a really bright color, some shades: red, pink, purple, lilac, blue, white, yellow and a thousand other shades that are almost always plain. In reality, the snapdragon also has a fruit that when the dry plant releases the numerous seeds it contains and contributes to the spontaneous and very numerous development of this plant species native to the Mediterranean.

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