This tiny flower is orange and shaped like a bell. Inside is a small yellow growth which resembles a bells clappers. The flower stands about 10 inches tall and has a green stem with small tear drop shaped green leaves.
This flower has unusually high levels of metallic traces in its molecular structure. The cup and clapper of this flower are made of a wood/metal fusion similar to the Razor Rose. In a breeze, the flower will create a faint tinkling sound, like a very small bell. Because the flower grows in large numbers, they will all sound their ringing together. Several dozen of these creates a pleasant background sound for a picnic.
Because of its obvious similarities to the razor rose, herbalists believe it may be related to that flower. However, studies continue to be centered around the razor rose because of its harder fibers.
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