Friday, 5 September 2014

'Bird's Milk' aka Ivory Coast Lily!

The Ivory Coast Lily is an aromatic African flower which can last up to a month as a cut flower!  The Greeks gave it the name Omithogalumor, "bird's milk".  The African name is "Tjekenrientjee"which corrupted into the English common mane, Chincherinchee.  The Ivory Coast Lily is a very important creamy-white flower that sits atop a 6' tall stem on sword shaped, wide, medium-green leaves that point upward toward the flower cluster. The 1/2" flowers age to a pure white, and the 6 petaled, star-like flower are centered with a dark green knob that age black. 

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