For all you aspiring gardeners out there, if you yearn to have a plant that is rather different from the rest and can live in partially sunny to shady environments, look no further than the Diphylleia grayi. Also termed the umbrella plant, this skeleton flower is beautiful and white in colour. That is not all; it can even transform itself into crystal clear once it comes into contact with something. That does not mean that they remain transparent for the rest of their lives, though. Once the woodland blossom goes dry, it reverts to its previous state. That is amazing, right?
Conditions in Asia are especially conducive to home such flowers. The skeleton flowers are usually found in cooler parts of China and Japan. Various regions in Hokkaido and Honshu also provide great conditions for its growth. The secret behind the suitability of these regions is the wood habitat that they provide which is essential for the skeleton flowers to grow. As soon as it is time for rain, these beautiful flowers inevitably turn transparent only to allow the dew left over to glow on their crystal clear petals. The bloom time for these skeleton flowers lasts from May to July.
The skeleton flower emerges from wide rhizomes, thereby achieving a growth of up to 16 inches while a spread of 3 feet is achievable over this course. As mentioned before, only partially sunny to shady environment is conducive to the growth of the skeleton flower. Gardeners have to make sure that they do not directly expose them to the sun. This is attributed to the extremely sensitive nature of the skeleton flower to the sun. In ideal circumstances, gardeners would want to grow these flowers under a shade with abundant supply of humus rich moist soil. That is the perfect combination for these beauties.
If you wish to plan any of these flowers, you may choose to do so in the ground or a container. Just make sure that you prepare soil for the flowers while ensuring sufficient drainage as well as the addition of compost. The skeleton flowers will sort out the rest.