Muscari armeniacum, Grape Hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum, Grape Hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum is a species of flowering plant in the squill subfamily Scilloideae of the asparagus family Asparagaceae (formerly the lilies, Liliaceae). It is a bulbousperennial with basal, simple leaves and short flowering stems. It is one of a number of species and genera known as grape hyacinth, in this case Armenian grape hyacinth or garden grape-hyacinth. The flowers are purple,…

Tulip

Tulip

Tulips (Tulipa) form a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes (having bulbs as storage organs). The tulip is a member of the Liliaceae (lily) family, along with 14 other genera, where it is most closely related to Amana, Erythronium and Gagea in the tribe Lilieae. There are about 75 species, and these are divided among four subgenera. The name “tulip” is thought to…

The Carrot Daucus Carota

The Carrot Daucus Carota

The carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow cultivars exist.  Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. The plant probably originated in…

Zingiber Officinale, Ginger

Zingiber Officinale, Ginger

  Ginger 1896 color plate from Köhler’s Medicinal Plants Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Monocots Clade: Commelinids Order: Zingiberales Family: Zingiberaceae Genus: Zingiber Species: Z. officinale Binomial name Zingiber officinale Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. …

Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinalis Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Eudicots Clade: Asterids Order: Asterales Family: Asteraceae Genus: Calendula Species: C. officinalis Binomial name Calendula officinalis Synonyms Calendula aurantiaca Kotschy ex Boiss. Calendula eriocarpa DC. Calendula hydruntina (Fiori) Lanza Calendula prolifera Hort. ex Steud. Calendula × santamariae Font Quer Caltha officinalis (L.) Moench…

Phyla Dulcis, Lippia Dulcis, Aztec Sweet Herb

Phyla Dulcis, Lippia Dulcis, Aztec Sweet Herb

Phyla dulcis is a species of perennial herb that is native to southern Mexico, the Caribbean (Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico), Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela. It is known by several common names, including Aztec sweet herb, bushy lippia, honeyherb, hierba dulce, and tzopelic-xihuitl (Nahuatl). Its buds are also sold as dushi or dulce (sweet in Papiamento and Spanish respectively) buttons. Aztec Sweet Herb Botanical Name: Phyla scaberrima Aztec Sweet Herb is a low…

Senecio Himalaya, Himalaya Groundsel

Senecio Himalaya, Himalaya Groundsel

The Barberton groundsel or succulent bush senecio (Senecio barbertonicus Klatt) is an evergreen succulent shrub of the family Asteraceae and genus Senecio, native to Southern Africa,  named after one of its native localities Barberton and is now also being cultivated elsewhere for its drought resistance, clusters of sweetly scented, golden-yellow, tufted flower heads in winter and attractiveness to butterflies,  the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)…

Bidens Beedance, Beedance Painted Red

Bidens Beedance, Beedance Painted Red

Bidens Bidens pilosa, fruiting head and flower head Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Eudicots Clade: Asterids Order: Asterales Family: Asteraceae Subfamily: Asteroideae Supertribe: Helianthodae Tribe: Coreopsideae Genus: Bidens Synonyms Ceratocephalus Cass. Campylotheca Cass. Microlecane Sch.Bip. ex Benth. & Hook.f. Diatonta Walp. Microlecana Sch.Bip. Delucia DC. Bidens sect. Eubidens Boerl. Dolichotheca Cass. Forbicina Ség. Edwarsia Neck.…

Oxalis triangularis, Purple Rain Shamrock,

Oxalis triangularis, Purple Rain Shamrock,

Oxalis triangularis, commonly called false shamrock, is a species of edible perennial plant in the Oxalidaceae family. It is endemic to Brazil. This woodsorrel is typically grown as a houseplant but can be grown outside in USDA climate zones 8a–11, preferably in light shade. The deep maroon leaves are trifoliate, like species in the clover genus Trifolium which are commonly called shamrock, hence…

Echeveria

Echeveria

Echeveria is a large genus of flowering plants in the stonecrop family Crassulaceae, native to semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America. Species are polycarpic, meaning that they may flower and set seed many times over the course of their lifetimes. Often numerous offsets are produced, and are commonly known as “hen and chicks”.…