33 responses to “Linnaea borealis”

  1. Albert Schroeder

    Very nice picture.

  2. Quentin Cronk

    It is worth recalling that Linnaeus said of this plant:
    “The genus Linnaea was named by the famous Gronovius and is a Lapland plant, humble, insignificant and disregarded, flowering but for a brief time, from Linnaeus who resembles it.”
    A masterly bit of tongue-in-cheek irony.

  3. anonymous

    Nice Pic!!!

  4. Meg Brizzolara

    Be nice to know what states this flower is common to. A gem!

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Hi Meg,
    Sure – check out Linnaea borealis from the USDA Plants Database. I think the plant becomes less common southwards, to the point where it is actually endangered in the state of Connecticut. It is quite common in Canada, though.

  6. amanda

    Nice flower and photo! Thanks for adding the interesting links from those of whom responded to this posting!! Thank you to all for sharing!! I new and I’m enjoying this listing.

  7. dadang jm

    woderfull and beautiful pic…!!

  8. Pupathy

    One more nice looking but informatic pic!

  9. pooja

    one of the most beautiful flowers I love

  10. Judie

    It reminds of fairyies hats and that is what I told my grandchildren they where so every time they see them they wait for the wind 2 blow so they can see them fly.

  11. kisha

    This is a very nice photo.

  12. Karen Marks

    I’m brand new to this site. How beautiful to find. I am wondering if there is a way to go back to view past dates, stumbled onto the June l2 picture when I found this site and would like to see it again special interest in the Lavender background flower which I recently saw used on the City Gardner.

  13. glenn

    beautifil picture
    I live in Mississippi and am sorry we cant have them here
    Keep up the good work!

  14. Daniel Mosquin

    Thank you everyone for your comments.
    Karen, you can use the links on the page to scroll through day by day.

  15. Pat

    This is the best yahoo feature evver!! I’m telling all my herbalist and flower essence colleagues about it. It’s EXACTLY what I want to see each day before working with plant medicine in my practice. Thank You!

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  17. Deb

    I just happened to see a flash of todays plant.I had to back track and find the site. Its’ wonderful. You can really identify the plants well. Thank you.

  18. ayh_tn

    tim mat khau

  19. ruth henry

    where could you be able to get one of these plants,
    Ruth Henry

  20. Daniel Mosquin

    Ruth, it depends on what part of the world you live in – locally, there are a number of native plant nurseries that sell them. For my garden at home, we purchased it from UBC’s Shop in the Garden.

  21. Gunnar Lofstrand

    I just learnt from your site that Linnaea borealis grows in the US. It is a characteristic, much loved, plant in Swedish forests and the “province flower” of Smaaland, Linnaeus’ own province. On the Linnaeus site of the Swedish Museum of Natural History I found this map of where the various subspecies can be found in the Northern Hemisphere.

  22. Eula Walker

    Very unusual, sweet flower, thanks for sharing!

  23. Bobbie

    I just learned that our newest GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER in Montana has been named Linnea after this beautiful flower.

  24. Carol

    Great pics, Daniel! I read the article in the Post, and I’ve seen you’re holiday photos! Makes me homesick but such gorgeous pictures!

  25. Linnaea Rose Newman

    As a namesake of this flower, I am happy to have seen large amounts of it in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington State, and in Alberta, Canada. The places I’ve seen it makes me wonder if it is unusually sensitive to pollution or soil disturbance. In the U.S. it is protected, and I am not aware of any commercial source of it.

  26. Daniel Mosquin

    It is available from native plant nurseries locally. I don’t think it likes disturbed soils, though I’ve seen it in places where it stabilizes banks of wet shady soil.

  27. Lynnea

    Although I heard of the flower when I was quite young, I have never had the opportunity to see one other than in a picture.

  28. Clair Bel-Maguire

    Ouir daughter, Linnae will be eighteen soon. We would like to get her as a birthday present this beautiful plant but cannot find a supplier anywhere. We live in Ireland. Can anyone help please?

  29. Daniel Mosquin

    Clair, the best place to ask those questions would be the UBC Botanical Garden Forums.

  30. rita

    anyone knows where to buy plants of seeds of the linneae borealis?

  31. Nancy

    While Linnaea borealis is most commonly regarded as circumboreal, it is found at increasingly higher elevations as you go south. Here in Colorado we typically see it at around 10-12,000 feet on shady, moist, north-facing slopes. Our daughter is also named for this flower – Linnaea, not Linnea. The latter is a Swedish girl’s name that denotes the linden tree.

  32. Marilyn Ransberry

    Our granddaughter is named for this flower Linnea (simplified for her ) and I would like to get seeds for favours for a baby shower in late May. I live in Canada. Can anyone help?
    PS I was unaware of this flower till now- it’s beautiful!

  33. Dave Hughbank

    The Twinflower is one of my favorite wildflowers here in NW Oregon. Over the years I have had three large patches of this plant, but one by one in the past few years, each has experienced nearly a total die-off. Now I am struggling to get some of the few remaining to regrow in pots and in old and new locations. There have been no herbicides used in their original areas, and I was wondering if anyone has knowledge of, or experience with this type of die-off.

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