Skeleton Flower Facts
- The lovely, and also rather interestingly named Skeleton Flower or Diphylleia grayi represents a fascinating and extraordinary plant genus.
- Due to the quite unique chemical composition of its pigmentation, an incredible transformation quickly occurs when the petals become wet.
- The pigmentation of the flower also rapidly fades, and the already delicate-seeming petals actually become almost completely transparent.
- Once these completely dry, however, the petals of the Skeleton Flower once again regain their original coloring, completing the breathtaking transformation.
Skeleton Flower Physical Description
The truly amazing Skeleton Flower evolved as a deciduous perennial and dies in winter. Also, it has large, umbrella-shaped leaves which typically appear topped with clusters of the unique blooms.
Furthermore, in summer, the petals fall and Nature replaces them with bright blue colored berries, that appear in great abundance.
In addition, the visually stunning angiosperm generally attains a height of about 15.75 in (40 cm) and a width of just over 3 ft (1 m) across.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Eudicots
- Order: Ranunculales
- Family: Berberidaceae
- Genus: Diphylleia
- Species: D. grayi
Skeleton Flower Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The rather awesome Skeleton Flower evolved as endemic solely to a specific portion of Asia. Within that region, it primarily grows naturally in the colder regions of what now constitutes the countries of China and Japan.
For its preferred habitat, the Skeleton Flower primarily appears in regions consisting of rather moist, wooded mountain regions.
This truly visually distinctive and remarkable species also typically blooms in the later portions of spring, and through early summer.
The lovely flowering plant also remains quite sensitive to sunlight, and, in fact, flourishes best in shaded areas, with little or no direct sun.