As you walk around campus, you can’t help but notice the stunning plants that are in bloom right now. They smell and look like spring. If you were wondering what some of these beautiful plants are, here are five plants that are looking beautiful right now.
You might be able to smell this one before you see it. The Lilac bush is usually tall with many luscious purple, pink or white flowers. Lilacs are a popular bush with a scent that signals spring. These bushes are extremely hardy and can grow in most places with a lot of sun. U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both planted Lilacs in their garden.
Nestled under tulip plants around campus, the flowers of a Hyacinth are packed together and have a strong fragrance. Hyacinth blubs are planted during the fall and produce a flower in the spring. An ancient Greek legend tells the story of the gods Apollo and Zephyr who fought over a young Greek whose shed blood created the Hyacinth plant.
This dainty bush has small flowers and leaves that look like flowers. The tiny flowers produce a pleasant scent. The Daphne is semi-evergreen, so it will keep its leaves year-round in certain climates. The Daphne plant was named after a nymph named Daphne, whom the god Apollo loved in Greek mythology.
Crab Apple Tree
Sprinkled all over campus, crabapple trees sport pure white flowers, light pink flowers and burgundy flowers. The flowers are delicate-looking and fill the entire tree. Crabapples share the same family and genus as apples. Crabapples do produce apples, but most of them are bitter. Although, some of the apples can be used to make jellies and preserves.
The tulip offers only one flower, but it is stunning. They come in a variety of colors and some have a swirled color. Planted in the fall, tulip bulbs need to be chilled during the winter in order to blossom. There are 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different variations. You can give white tulips to someone as symbol of apology. In the Netherlands during the 1600s, the tulip cost ten times more than a working person’s salary.
Next time you are walking around campus, take time to take in the beauty of the plants that are tublooming right now. Some plants even have interesting lore connected to them. It’s a great time to appreciate Colorado State University’s beautiful campus.
Collegian Reporter Zoe Jennings can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.