Real Story of Memorial Day
Birthplace of Memorial Day: Waterloo, NY
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Common Name: Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Gravel Plant, Ground Laurel, Winter Pink, Shadflower, Mountain Pink, Crocus - Arbutus is a genus of trees of the heath family with dark green leaves and white to pinkish flowers (Arbutus is the Latin name for the wild strawberry tree); trailing applies to a branch or shoot that extends along the ground as a runner. The common name conveys that the trailing arbutus was once considered a member of the genus Arbutus, distinguished in that it trailed along the ground.The mayflower is the official flower of Massachusetts and also of Nova Scotia. It is a low-lying shrub with small pink flowers, often fading to white, that put off a notable sweet smell.
At the beginning of the 29th century special "Bluebell Trains" took tourists on excursions to see the spectacular bluebell displays in the deciduous woodlands of the Chiltern Hills in southeast England. Although the special train services no longer run, the bluebells can still be seen in what has since been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).Some other AONBs (that don't necessarily boast an abundance of bluebells like Chiltern Hills) include Blackdown Hills, North Devon Coast, and North Pennines (England); Clwydian Range and Wye Valley (Wales); and the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion (Northern Ireland).
The genus comprises a race of mountain plants, a few species growing at the highest altitudes of any flowering plants in the world...others occur at lower, but nonetheless montane, altitudes. However, although they are distributed along the Himalayan range, many species also occur in the mountains of western China and the high plateaux of Tibet. There are 45-50 known species and they are all...native to these Asian regions. Arguably the most popular of the Meconopsis grown in gardens have blue flowers, but other colours are well represented, e.g. the striking red of M. punicea and a number of species such as M. pseudointegrifolia are yellow.