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Nature is wonderful for its adaptations and expressions of shapes and colors. There are flowers that look like rabbit ears, plants capable of eating insects, and others that attract pollinators. But there are few with such explicit forms as this. This is the actual Bird Flower, and it looks a lot like a hummingbird.
This green flower whose scientific name isCrotalaria cunninghamii, is native to the north of Australia, belongs to the Fabaceae or legume family and is associated with some more well-known plants such as soybeans, alfalfa and chickpeas.
Its natural environment is made up mostly of unstable sand dunes along beaches and in groups of plants that retain precious sediment, water and nutrients.
This hummingbird-like flowering plant is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 2.7 meters tall. It has hairy branches and dull green foliage. Its striped and oval leaves, about 3 centimeters long, grow next to greenish flowers with fine black stripes that are pollinated by large bees and honeybirds.
Besides being very exotic, theCrotalaria cunninghamii it also has some medicinal properties. According to the Native Plant Society of Australia, Aboriginal people used the plant sap and flowers to treat eye infections.
How to grow it
The seeds of theCrotalaria cunninghamii they have a hard coat and can take a while to germinate. To speed up the process, you have to perform some kind of scarification to soften it. For example, you can pour a little boiling water over the seeds and then let them soak in warm water for 12-24 hours.
They are sown in sandy, well-drained soil, and in full sun, watering abundantly at first. It can also be propagated by cuttings.
This plant can be grown in warm areas. You need well-drained soils and a position in full sun. It is not suitable for cold climates or where there is frost.
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