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Flowering Leek | by jeffsmallwood
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Flowering Leek

A fellow Flickr member Ed Kreis pointed this subject out to me when we visited Brookside Gardens. If it wasn't for his eye, I'd have missed it. Although Brookside does a good job labeling the plants on their grounds this one didn't have a label. About chest high it appears to be some kind of onion, with a single, tall stalk topped by this flower pod that was just beginning to open. After asking around to the employees one of them finally confirmed for me it was a leek.


I thought it looked pretty cool once you got up close. Each little flower pod reminds me of a piece of striped candy.


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Taken on June 5, 2011