In the past few weeks a number of people have asked about the masses of blue flowers scattered all over the campus of ISU. I look forward to this question every year because it is one of the many signs that spring has arrived. Regardless of how many different plants are blooming on campus, it is the large sweeps of tiny blue flowers that seem to attract the most attention. Maybe this attention stems from the fact that the flowers are blue – a striking and relatively scarce color in the landscape, particularly in such quantity. However, blue is found in a variety of flowering bulbs as compared to other plants like trees and shrubs.
Expanse of Siberian Squill on the ISU campus. Photo by Cindy Haynes.
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