Visitors at Croxteth Hall got an unusual reward when they saw a plant which has actually flowered in Liverpool for the first time in 40 years.
The Green Jade Vine is belonging to the Philippines but is part of the Liverpool s historic botanical collection.
It is grown in the greenhouses at Croxteth Hall s walled garden where hundreds gathered today to see the striking blue-green shade flower.
The last time a Green Jade Vine flowered in Liverpool remained in 1978 - when a collection was held at the Harthill greenhouses, in Calderstones Park.
A new plant was brought to Croxteth by regional man Stephen Lyus, a professional on the city’s botanical collection.
Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral lead for parks and open space, said botanical lovers must enter fast if they want a glimpse of the unusual flower.
He said: The hall and the walled garden are constantly well worth visiting however this year the brand-new season is leaving to an even better start with the blooming of a very rare plant.
We do not know how long it will remain in flower so those who want to see this uncommon and magnificent sight should make an early see to the walled garden.
The flower is formally known as StrongylodonMacrobotrys, and belongs to vegetables such as kidney beans and runner beans.