Canary Bell Flower

Canarina canariensis the Canary bell flower in Los Tilos, San Andres y Sauces
Canarina canariensis the Canary bell flower in Los Tilos, San Andres y Sauces

This is the Canary bellflower, Canarina canariensis, which has no close living relatives. It scrambles over things, like bindweed, with a stem up to 3 m long, and produces these lovely flowers in December. All the examples I’ve found so far this year are in Los Tilos, on the road up to the visitor centre.

Canarina canariensis the Canary bell flower in Los Tilos, San Andres y Sauces
Canarina canariensis the Canary bell flower in Los Tilos, San Andres y Sauces

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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  1. I was looking at the picture trying to puzzle out what family it might belong to and then spotted the bit about it being an orphan – I’ll let myself off for not knowing.

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