10 Unusual Spring Flowers

These elegant early bloomers carpet the ground with color.

By C. Colston Burrell


Oriental Poppies have crepe-paper flowersOriental poppy (Papaver orientale) have huge crepe-paper flowers in fiesta colors that seem to usher in the vacation months. After flowering, however, the plants quietly fold up and remain dormant until autumn, when a fresh rosette of foliage appears.'Patty's Plum', has enormous dusty purple flowers.

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