World’s Smallest Bell-shaped Flowering Shrub

Linnaea borealis, commonly known as twinflowers, live in coniferous forests standing at an altitude of 750 to 2,300 meters. These pinkish-white flowers bloom across the northern hemisphere from Siberia to Sweden and across North America. Also, they are mainly scattered across northern China.

 

The twinflowers earn their name from the fact that they always appear in pairs, resembling two hanging bells or street lamps. The blooming season starts in June and lasts until July. The flowers are highly fragrant and last for about seven days.

 

To retain moisture, leafy stems creep over the surface of the ground, with a maximum length of around 10 centimeters. In earlier times, these leaves were turned into a tea drink by indigenous tribes in Canada.

 

Source: CGTN