Flamboyant superstar SIR Elton John is designing his own flower.

The bespectacled singer, 57, is well-known for his love of colourful plants, after it was revealed he spent $527,400 (GBP293,000) a year on flowers during a 2001 court battle with his former accountants.

According to American gossip site PAGESIX.COM, the YELLOW BRICK ROAD hitmaker has commissioned a horticultural expert to develop a purple lupine, named after the star.

Fellow Brit singer SIR Cliff Richard has a yellow rose named after him.

25/06/2004 17:33