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Canarina canariensis (Canary bell-flower)

Canary bell-flower is a winter-flowering scrambler from the Canary Islands, with bright orange bells and copious watery nectar.
Flower of Canary bell flower

Canarina canariensis

Species information

Scientific name: 

Canarina canariensis (L.) Vatke

Common name: 

Canary bell-flower

Conservation status: 

Not considered to be threatened, but vulnerable to habitat destruction, particularly on Gran Canaria.

Habitat: 

Margins of laurel forest (mild temperate forest).

Key Uses: 

Ornamental; edible fruits.

Known hazards: 

The milky sap can be an irritant.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Asterales
Family: 
Campanulaceae
Genus: Canarina

About this species

Canary bell-flower is a beautiful scrambler for a frost-free greenhouse or subtropical climate, flowering all through the winter. The stems are annual, growing up from a thick, tuberous root. The flowers are orange or red, beautifully veined, and produce large drops of very watery nectar. After flowering the plant forms edible, black or purple, fig-like fruits, full of small seeds.

Synonym: 

Campanula canariensis, Canarina campanula

Genus: 
Canarina

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