The Cerubell is named for the flowers it produces during spring. The name is a combination of cerulean and bell, as the flowers of this elegant plant are a azure blue color. They are often a beautiful addition to gardens, but are also found in the wild near lakes and rivers.
|Image description: A Ceruwing Butterfly on a mural depicting a cerubell flower. Pic by Quellion.
Appearance. The Cerubell, considered a medium sized plant, grows anywhere from a little over a fore to a ped in height. The stem is very smooth with many lance-shaped leaves emerging from it. These leaves are a palmspan long with tiny jagged edges along their length and attached directly to the stem from their base every few nailsbreadths. Each year in the middle to late spring the Cerubell will blossom with many small blue flowers. Anywhere from 21 to 25 blossoms will cluster around the last palmspan of the stem. The petals are united where the sepal has opened and separate forming five seemingly single petals. These petals come to a point at their tips giving a roughly star shaped flower. The cleft shaped stamen are tucked a little in the flower while two white pistil extend beyond the petals. These flowers give off a pleasant fruity scent. During mid to late summer the petals will fall away and a small berry will start to form. Initially this berry is yellow in color but becomes a rich blue color as it ripens into autumn. When these berries ripen they are a nailsbreadth in size, juicy, with a slightly sweet taste to them.
Territory. These flowers flourish around fresh water and thus usually sprout up around lakes and rivers usually in the southern part of North Santharia, including Crystal Lake, Luquador River, Readmeade River, Quest River, Liben River, and around the banks of Eight Winds Bay, to Northern parts of southern Santharia, including the Rayne River, the Teiphra River, the Ishmarin Lake, the Vandrina River, Ephirnís Lake, and the Aerelian Lakes. Sometimes they are found near the Ancythrian Sea, but not very often. However, no matter how the seeds are taken, these flowers never grow anywhere near the region of the ancient elven town of FŠ'ŠvícŠl'‚r.
|Image description: A bunch of Cerubell berries. They are often used as spice and for cooking. Pic by Bard Judith.
Usages. These plants are used in gardens as they are fairly easy to grow despite the fact that they need very moist soil to grow. The berries of thee Cerubell can be used in cooking as a spice after being dried and ground up, but are more often used for making juices and desserts. By adding yeast one can make an alcohol sold in bars and taverns, usually called Blue Wine for its color.
Reproduction. Pollen from the stamen of the flower or a flower near drift to the top of the pistil, otherwise known as the stigma. The pollen is then moved down the style to the ovary This pollen is used to make seeds. Slowly the ovary will grow larger and larger until the petals of the flower fall away to leave a round berry. As the berry matures and the blue color begins to shade its skin, the seeds grow. This plant depends on deer, especially the Sarvonian white deer, to help transport the seeds to other places. The seeds do no fully break down in the deerís digestive track and can begin growth when discarded.
Information provided by Rayne Avalotus