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Indigenous flower Virginia
The American Dogwood is a Virginia indigenous flower that also occupies
the status of being the Stateís official flower. The plant is actually
in the form of a deciduous tree, growing up to a height of about 10
meters. Being deciduous, this Virginia indigenous flower does shed its
foliage during fall and winter season. The foliage, composed of
oval-shaped leaves arranged oppositely turns a reddish-brown hue during
Many people think that the flowers of the American Dogwood are the white
blossoms. It isnít actually. The structure most often thought to be the
flower is actually made up of bracts and not petals. In the center of
these four white bracts is the structure which holds the real flowers.
There are actually around 20 tiny flowers clustered inside the circle in
the center of the bracts. Of course, this is just a bit of technicality.
People still refer to the whole structure, including the bracts as the
Although white dominates as the color of most bracts, there are actually
a lot of different varieties and colors of this Virginia indigenous
flower. There are some varieties which have bracts ranging from pink to
red. This just goes to show you just how much variety there can be in
nature. You can enjoy the plethora of blossoms from April to May, which
is when the trees bloom.
This Virginia indigenous flower is also known for its fruit. Coming in
groups of about 6 drupes, the fruits actually turn red when they ripen.
When ripe, they are quite sweet and delicious. Actually, they are even
used in Mexico to flavor teas and other types of drinks. The sweetness
of the drupes are actually the plantís way of attracting birds to eat
the fruit and propagate the seeds.
One of the biggest enemies of this indigenous flower of Virginia is
Dogwood Anthracnose, which is an illness that the American Dogwood is
quite susceptible to. Usually, this disease can be prevented if you
plant the American Dogwood where air circulation is great and the
humidity is low.
Another tip for those wishing to cultivate this Virginia indigenous
flower is that you should plant the American Dogwood where it can
experience a bit of sun and shade. The best thing you can do is put it
where it has a shade to the west. By doing this, the plant will be
exposed to the sun in the morning, but be shaded in the afternoons. You
should never expose the plants to intense heat, such as those generated
in parking lots. Intense heat will kill this Virginia indigenous flower.
The American Dogwood should not be planted close to sea areas as it has
a very low tolerance for salt. The wood of this Virginia indigenous
flower has a high density, making it an ideal raw material for the
making of tool handles and other items.
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