Seldom Seen Flowers…
Bet You Have Not Seen Most of Them
Magic Dogwood – Cornus florida subspecies urbiniana – is a rare Mexican version of the common American Dogwood tree. Looking like exotic Chinese lanterns, these incredible blooms dazzle the eye by the hundreds each spring. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. This is a very hard-to-find tree.
Fritillaria imperialis (Crown imperial or Kaiser’s crown) is a species of flowering plant of the genus Fritillaria, family Liliaceae, native to a wide stretch from Anatolia and Iraq across the plateau of Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himalayan foothills. It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental and reportedly naturalized in Austria. The common names and also the epithet “imperialis” refer to the large circle of golden flowers, reminiscent of an emperor’s crown.
Passiflora alata, the winged-stem passion flower, is a species of flowering plant. It is an evergreen vine, growing to 6 m (20 ft) or more, which bears an edible type of passion fruit. It is native to the Amazon, from Peru to eastern Brazil.
Commonly known as hellebores /ˈhɛlɨbɔərz/, members of the genus Helleborus comprise approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, within which it gave its name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as “Christmas rose” and “Lenten rose”, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family.
Allium giganteum, also known as Giant Onion, is a perennial bulbous plant of the onion genus, used as a flowering garden plant, and growing to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft). It is the tallest ornamental Allium in common cultivation. In early to midsummer, small globes of intense purple umbels appear, followed by attractive fruiting umbels. A popular cultivar, ‘Globemaster’, is shorter (80 centimetres (31 in)) but produces much bigger, deep violet, umbels (15–20 centimetres (5.9–7.9 in)).
Corkscrew vine, snail vine, snail creeper, or snail bean.Cochliasanthus caracalla is a leguminous vine
Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids. It was established by Olof Swartz in 1799 and today contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia, including China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and many of the islands of the Pacific. The name is from the Greek dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life”); it means “one who lives on trees”, or, essentially, “epiphyte”.
Beaucarnea recurvata (elephant’s foot, ponytail palm) is a species of plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosí in eastern Mexico. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true palms (Arecaceae). It was discovered in Mexico by a Frenchman in 1870, becoming popular in Europe and worldwide as an ornamental plant. There are 350 year-old Beaucarneas registered in Mexico.
Iris – Frilly Iris
Iris – Frilly Iris – It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.
African Daisy a.k.a. Arctotis has a bold, graphic look that’s hard to find in more common daisies. Flowers are big, up to 4 inches across, often with interesting, eyelike markings around the flower’s center.
This cool-season plant hails from South Africa. In areas where summers aren’t hot, such as the Northern regions of the U.S. and the Pacific Northwest, it will bloom constantly until frost. In warm-summer areas, it often takes a break during the peak of summer, but reblooms in fall. Many types have silvery-green leaves that remain attractive when the plant isn’t in bloom. It’s usually grown as an annual but is a perennial in frost-free climates.
Blue Bell Tunicate
A tunicate is a marine invertebrate animal, a member of the subphylum Tunicata, which is part of the Chordata, a phylum which includes all animals with dorsal nerve cords and notochords. The subphylum was at one time called Urochordata, and the term urochordates is still sometimes used for these animals. Some tunicates live as solitary individuals, but others replicate by budding and become colonies, each unit being known as a zooid.
Borage (Borago Officinalis)
Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual herb. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales. It grows satisfactorily in gardens in the UK climate, remaining in the garden from year to year by self-seeding. The leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. The plant is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil extracted from its seeds. Borage is used in companion planting.
Another type of orchid you can grow at home is what I call the “Thai restaurant orchids.” These types of orchids are Dendrobium hybrids and can be found at Thai restaurants that decorate their tables with freshly-cut flowers. They come in many colors (white, green, purple, pink, yellow and more) and require a fairly warm environment. In fact, they could loose their leaves in the winter when the ambient temperature drops below 60°F (15°C) or so. But the “Thai restaurant orchid” is really just one small group of hybrids within the Dendrobium genus. Dendrobium is actually one of the largest orchid genera.
Convallaria Majalis, Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley, scientific name Convallaria majalis is a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, and Europe.
Jovellana violacea is an unusual rarity from Chile with colorful sprays of happy little flowers! The plant doesn’t have a common name, so i named it the violet Teacup Flower. These sprightly blooms appear by the hundreds throughout Spring. The fingernail-sized blooms are light-violet with festive markings of purple, yellow & red, with no two flowers having the same pattern. This is a cool-climate species that might not thrive in warm climates. It is very rare in cultivation, and fresh seeds are almost never seen for sale.
Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce the popular beverage tea. It is of the genus Camellia, a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. White tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from this species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation. Kukicha (twig tea) is also harvested from Camellia sinensis, but uses twigs and stems rather than leaves. Common names include tea plant, tea shrub, and tea tree (not to be confused with Melaleuca alternifolia, the source of tea tree oil)
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota)
Daucus carota (common names include wild carrot, (UK) bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace (North America)) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and naturalised to North America and Australia. Domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.