On a visit to the Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe, in Fort Tryon Park, NY, I participated in a tour of the gardens. Most, if not all the plants in the garden are also found in the tapestries, paintings and illustrations in the museum. It is interesting to hear the tour guide point out the flowers in the tapestries decorating the walls of the rooms we pass as we reach the gardens.
This flower is also known as Hattie's pincushion and Great Masterwort.
There was something especially intriguing about this flower that caught my attention as if it were speaking to me through the ages.