FLOWER OF THE DAY / MEXICAN COLORS

Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata)

The plant originates in South-Western Mexico and blossoms till October. More than 500 different Ipomoea species are actually known, this Spanish Flag above now found a real secure place in the small varied jungle of our balcony being very well visited by wild humble-bees, ants and honeybees.

Some Ipomoea species are renowned for their properties in folk medicine, herbalism and even ayurveda. Seeds of Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) were thus used by Aztecs and Zapotecs in religious and shamanistic rituals, their remaining sites and buildings remind us also of this.

Uxmal, Temple of the Magician,  Yucatan,  Mexico

 

CEE’s Flower of the Day Challenge of 6 June 2018