Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily. Pineapple lilies are miniature floral representations of the tropical fruit. They are annuals, or rarely perennials, and are extremely frost tender. The slightly bizarre plants are only 12 to 15 inches tall but have large flower heads that resemble tiny pineapples flanked with green bracts. They are in[…]

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Cattleya

Cattleya, The Queen Of Orchids

Cattleya, The Queen Of Orchids. Cattleya, often called the Queen of Orchids, is a genus of orchids from Costa Rica south to Argentina. The genus was named in 1824 by John Lindley after horticulturalist William Cattley. Cattley obtained a specimen of then unnamed Cattleya labiata from William Swainson who had discovered the new plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, in[…]

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Lily of the Valley

Lily Of The Valley

Lily Of The Valley. Lily of the valley, scientific name Convallaria majalis, is a sweet scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. In the APG III system, the genus is placed in the famil y Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoidaea (formerly the family Ruscaceae). Convallaria majalis is a herbaceous perennial[…]

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The 2017 Chelsea Flower Show

The 2017 Chelsea Flower Show

The 2017 Chelsea Flower Show. Since 1913, the Royal Hospital Chelsea has hosted the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show which continues to captivate audiences and is one of the most eagerly anticipated horticultural events on the gardening calendar. The relationship between the Chelsea Flower Show and the Royal Hospital has been[…]

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1,730 New Plants Discovered.

1,730 New Plants Discovered

1,730 New Plants Discovered. For the temperate climate areas of the world, there have
 been multiple discoveries made in both China and Turkey. Those from China include species of Rosa (roses), Clematis, Aconitum, Impatiens (busy-lizzies), Primula, Rubus, Thalictrum, Ligularia, Delphinium, Epimedium, Senecio, Spiraea, Sorbus and Ulmus. From Turkey, new species[…]

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea. Hydrangea is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Japan, and Korea. Most are shrubs 1 to 3 meters tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 m (98 ft) by climbing[…]

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Bacopa

Bacopa

Bacopa. Growing Bacopa is simple, in the sunny to part shade garden. This small plant reaches no more than 6-12 inches in maturity. The low-growing specimen spreads vigorously to cascade over a wall or quickly cover bare spots under taller plants, and is often covered with tiny flowers from June[…]

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Epidendrum

Epidendrum

Epidendrum. Epidendrum is a large neotropical genus of the orchid family. With more than 1,500 species, some authors describe it as a mega-genus. The genus name refers to its epiphytic growth habit; that is, it grows harmlessly upon another plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating[…]

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Protea

Protea

Protea. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. In local tradition, the flower represents change and hope. The Proteaceae family to which proteas belong is an ancient one among angiosperms. Evidence from pollen fossils suggest Proteaceae ancestors grew in Gondwana, in the Upper[…]

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Polyanthus

Polyanthus

Polyanthus. The bright colours make polyanthus popular. Over the past few years, however, colours have begun to change, with flowers in subtle gradations of colour towards the yellow centre are beginning to appear. Still others look like wild primroses or show ranges of pale shades: gradations of pink or blue, sophisticated misty[…]

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Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Gladiolus. Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the ‘sword lily.’ The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa. The genus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa,[…]

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Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen. Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. They are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one specie in Somalia. They grow from tubers and are valued for their flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves. In most species, leaves come up in autumn, grow through the winter, and then die in spring, then the plant goes dormant through the dry Mediterranean summer. Petal colour may be[…]

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Bulbophyllum

Bulbophyllum. The Bulbophyllum orchid genus is the largest in the orchid family, with over 1800 species, and it’s the third largest genus of plants of any kind. Species of this genus are distributed worldwide, with the greatest diversity in Papua New Guinea, where they are thought to have originated. These sympodial plants[…]

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Crocus

Crocus. Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from bulbo-tubers. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub, and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, on the islands of the Aegean, and across Central Asia to Xinjiang Province in western China.[…]

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As Demand for Ginseng Soars, Poachers Threaten Its Survival.

As Demand for Ginseng Soars, Poachers Threaten Its Survival

As Demand for Ginseng Soars, Poachers Threaten Its Survival. Ginseng is any one of the 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. It is found in North America and in eastern Asia (mostly northeast China, Korea, Bhutan, eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates. Over centuries, ginseng has been[…]

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Gordonia

Gordonia. Gordonia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae, related to Franklinia, Camellia, and Stewartia. Of the roughly 40 species, all but two are native to southeast Asia, southern China, Taiwan and Indochina. The remaining species, G. lasianthus, is native to southeast North America, from Virginia south to Florida and west to Louisiana; G. fruticosa is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America,[…]

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Monarda

Monarda

Monarda. Monarda is a genus of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The genus is native to North America. Common names include bee balm, horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot. The genus was named after the Spanish botanist Nicolás Monardes, who wrote a book in 1574 describing plants of the New World. They grow erect to heights of 20–90 cm (8–35 in).[…]

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Sequoias, the Ancient Giants.

Sequoias, the Ancient Giants

Sequoias, the Ancient Giants. Sequoiadendron giganteum or the giant redwood is the sole living species in the genus Sequoiadendron, and one of three species of coniferous trees classified in the family Cupressaceae in the subfamily Sequoioideae; the Sequoia sempervirens and Sequoiadendron of California and Oregon (United States) and Metasequoia glyptostroboides (China). The redwood species contains the largest and tallest[…]

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Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia. Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteracaea, dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 5 cm (2 in) diameter or up to 30 cm[…]

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Coreopsis

Coreopsis

Coreopsis. Coreopsis, also called calliopsis or tickseed, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Prized for its dependable nature and colourful, daisy like flowers, it has a long bloom period and is generally trouble free and easy to grow. It is in late August and early September that you can see most clearly the value[…]

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Aster

Aster

Aster. Aster is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, encompassing around 180 species, all but one of which are restricted to Eurasia. The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek meaning “star,” referring to the shape of the flower head. Another common name is Michaelmas daisy. Many[…]

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Allium

Allium

Allium Allium is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants that includes the cultivated onion, garlic, scallion, shallot and leek as well as chives and hundreds of other wild species. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic, and Linnaeus first described the genus Allium in 1753. Various Allium[…]

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Lilac

Lilac

Lilac Syringa vulgaris or common lilac is a species of flowering plant in the olive family Oleaceae, native to the Balkan Peninsula, where it grows on rocky hills. This species is widely cultivated as an ornamental and has been naturalized in other parts of Europe, as well as much of[…]

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Iris

Iris The flower is a genus of over 300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek goddess of the rainbow. The distinctive flowers have three large outer petals called “falls” and three inner upright petals called “standards.” The falls may have beards or[…]

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Hellebore

Hellebore Commonly known as hellebores, the Eurasian genus comprises approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family the Ranunculaceae. The scientific name Helleborus derives from the Greek name from elein “to injure” and bora “food.” Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as “winter rose,” “Christmas rose,” and “Lenten rose,” hellebores are not closely related to the rose family.[…]

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Nepeta

Nepeta Nepeta is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae also known as catmints. The genus name is reportedly in reference to Nepete, an ancient Etruscan city. There are about 250 species and is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has also naturalized in North America. The nepetalactone contained in some Nepeta species binds to the olfactory receptors of cats, typically resulting[…]

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Bulbophyllum

Bulbophyllum Bulbophyllum is one of the largest genera in the orchid family Orchidaceae. With more than 2,000 species, it is also one of the largest genera of flowering plants, exceeded only by Astragalus. This genus is abbreviated in the trade journals as bulb and covers an incredible range of vegetative forms, from tall plants with cane-like[…]

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Polemonium

Polemonium Polemonium, commonly called Jacob’s ladder, is a genus of between 25 and 40 species of flowering plants in the family Polemoniaceae, native to cool temperate to arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. One species also occurs in the southern Andes in South America. Many of the species grow at high altitudes in mountains. They are perennial plants[…]

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Pansy

Pansy The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium (“the pansies”) of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as heartsease, a weed. The garden pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter and has two slightly[…]

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Euphorbia

Euphorbia Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). The genus can be found all over the world. The forms range from annual plants laying on the ground, to well developed tall trees. Some euphorbias are well known and widely commercially available, such as Poinsettias at Christmas. Some are commonly cultivated as ornamentals, or collected[…]

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Azara

Azara In 1794 the genus Azara was named after Félix de Azara (1742 – 1821), a Spanish geographer and naturalist who did fieldwork in South America from 1781 to 1796. They belong to the family Salicaceae, and there are ten species native to the temperate and subtropical regions of South America. These[…]

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Anemone

Anemone. The genus consists of 120 species of perennial wild flowering plants, which grow from tubers, in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone comes from Greek and roughly means wind flower, which signifies that the wind that blows the petal open will also, eventually, blow the dead[…]

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Begonia

Begonia Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains 1,795 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates in South and Central America, Africa, and southern Asia. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful[…]

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Death Valley Blooms

Death Valley Blooms Death Valley, straddling California and Nevada, blooms a little every spring. But with intermittant rainfall and low winds, the desert becomes carpeted with wildflowers. Although the lower elevation flowers are past their peak, there are still large fields of Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) in some locations on[…]

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Sarcococca

Sarcococca Sarcococca or sweet box is a genus of 16–20 species of flowering plants in the box family Buxaceae, native to eastern and southeastern Asia and the Himalayas. The genus name Sarcococca comes from the Greek for “fleshy berry”, referring to the fruit. They are slow growing, evergreen shrubs 1–2 m (3–7 ft) tall. The leaves are borne alternately, 3–12 cm long and 1–4 cm broad.[…]

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Delphinium

Delphinium

Delphinium It is a genus of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the Family Ranunculaceae, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa. The name “delphinium” derives from the Latin for “dolphin”, referring to the shape of the nectary. All members of the Delphinium genus are toxic to humans and livestock. The[…]

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Mahonia

Mahonia Mahonia is a genus of about 70 species of evergreen shrubs in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia, the Himalaya, North America and Central America. The genus name honours the Philadelphia horticulturist Bernard McMahon who introduced the plant from materials collected by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Mahonia are typically grown for their attractive dark green foliage which are made up of[…]

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Narcissus

Narcissus Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae family, commonly known as daffodil, with at least 50 species and over 13,000 hybrids. Where climate is moderate, they flourish among the first spring buds, often blooming in clusters. Daffodils are native mainly to the Mediterranean region, in particular to the Iberian Peninsula,[…]

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Astrantia

Astrantia Astrantia is a genus of herbaceous plants in the family Apiaceae; they are commonly known as masterwort. These plants native of Europe and Western Asia are widespread in southern Europe (Pyrenees, Carpathians and Balkans), but also in the Caucasus up to Anatolia. They have been introduced into the British Isles since the 16th century and are[…]

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Hardenbergia

Hardenbergia Hardenbergia violacea is a species of flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. It is known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac and waraburra. Elsewhere it is also called lilac vine. It is a vigorous evergreen climber growing to 6 m (20 ft) or more, sometimes growing as a subshrub. It has typical pea-like flowers[…]

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Wintersweet

Wintersweet Chimonanthus or wintersweet is a genus of flowering plants in the family Calycanthaceae, endemic to China. The genus includes three to six species and are deciduous or evergreen shrubs growing to 2–13 m tall. The flowers are 2–3 cm wide, with numerous spirally-arranged yellow or white tepals; they are strongly scented, and produced in late winter or early spring before the new leaves. The flowers are[…]

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Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera grows to a height of 15–50 centimetres (6–20 in). This hardy orchid develops small rosettes of leaves in autumn. They continue to grow slowly during winter. The plant blooms from mid-April to July producing a spike composed from one to twelve flowers. The flowers have large sepals, with a central green[…]

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Foxglove

Foxglove Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. The scientific name means “finger-like.” The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which also[…]

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Plumeria

Plumeria Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It contains primarily deciduous shrubs and small trees. They are native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil, but can be grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions. There are more than 300 named varieties. The genus is named in honor of[…]

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Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant in the genus Anemone in the family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe. Common names include wood anemone, windflower, thimbleweed, and smell fox, an allusion to the musky smell of the leaves. It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) tall and is grown as an ornamental plant for use in gardens and parks. They grow from[…]

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Approximately 180 species of honeysuckle have been identified, and about 100 of these species can be found in China and approximately 20 native species have been identified in Europe, 20 in India, and 20 in North America.[…]

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Cowslip

Cowslip The primula veris, commonly known as the cowslip, is a cousin of the primrose and is also an early spring flower. As such, it is closely associated with much English folklore and tradition, including adorning garlands for May Day and being strewn on church paths for weddings. Cowslips have[…]

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Peony

Peony The peony is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40. Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres (1.6–4.9 ft) tall, but some resemble trees 1.5–3 metres (4.9–9.8 ft) tall. They have[…]

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Autumnalis Rosea

Autumnalis Rosea Also known as Rosebud cherry in the rosaceae family, it is an evergreen tree that blossoms from November to March, and has bronze-green spring foliage and reliable orange and yellow autumn leaf colour. The autumn leaf colour is also rather better than in many other ornamental cherries. A[…]

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Mushrooming Truffles Costs for Chefs

Mushrooming Truffles Costs for Chefs. Soaring prices resulting from the dry Mediterranean weather spells have raised truffle costs over 67% to an extravagant US$1,200 a pound for the top quality mushroom. And that is only for a shaving. Topsy-turvy world we live in! Read Article Here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-20/top-truffles-at-1-200-a-pound-mean-mushrooming-costs-for-chefs

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Corpse Flower

Corpse Flower Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the titan arum, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, reaching over 3 metres (10 ft) in height. In cultivation, it generally requires 7–10 years of vegetative growth before blooming for the first time. After its initial blooming, there[…]

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Chillies

Chillies are a delightful specie of fruit that challenges our taste buds to its limits. They are graded according to the ‘Scoville scale,’ named after an American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville, who in 1912, attempted to measure the level of capsaicin in a variety of chilli peppers. Capsaicin is the chemical[…]

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