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Magnolia

Magnolia stellata is one of springtime's earliest bloomers. The flower is short-lived but wonderfully fragrant, transforming the barren spring garden with its scent. The shrub grows relatively slowly and doesn't mind pruning. Magnolia flowers lack petals; the white petal-like things are anatomically part petal and part sepal (the structure that encloses the flower).

  

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Taken on April 21, 2007