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Learn the Varieties of Flowering Plants

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Flowering plants have grown on every continent on earth. These plants make up nearly ninety percent of the plant kingdom. The total number of unique species is over 230,000, and many species in the tropics have not even been named yet

Seagrasses are the hardy plants that can live at the edge of the sea and even underwater. They include nearly fifty species. Almost all flowering plants produce a flower or bud of some type, even though in some families, the flowers cannot be seen by the naked eye. Some cultivars and grasses don’t appear to produce flowers even though they have vestigial flowers.

The three most populous families of flowering plants contain the highest number of species. The legume family, the orchid family and the sunflower family are the three with the most species within them. Heads of flowers within the sunflower family come in sizes that extend from very small to very large. And orchids come in many different colors, sizes and shapes.

Some of the largest categories of the nonwoody flowering plants include asters, geraniums and orchids. On the other end of the species, the members of the largest woody plant groups include acacia, passion fruit and figs. All of these have members of their families that number in the hundreds or thousands.

All of the many thousands of flowering plant types were given scientific names by the botanists who discovered them. Scientific names are often brought down from Latin or Greek languages, and they are spelled with the letters of the Roman alphabet, regardless of where they are found. Plants of the flowering variety also have common names, as well, usually describing an aspect of their shape, or a person who helped discover them, or words that describe where they are grown. But sometimes the common names seem to have no meaning at all.

Some flowering plants don’t have green leaves, and they live as parasites on the roots and stems of other plants. They take amino acids and sugars from the host plant, in order to grow. Some of these combinations make up the most bizarre-looking plants ever.

There are different types of flowering plant species all over the earth, from snowy mountains to barren deserts to underwater meadows. These plants all share one thing in common, and that is the ability to flower under whatever circumstances they find themselves in.

Winter Blooming Flowers

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Finding flowers that bloom in the winter can be difficult. It is not an easy task to make your garden bloom in the winter but with some persistence and proper watering techniques it is possible to add some color to all of the grey and brown that comes with winter.

The Chinese Daphne

The Chinese Daphne is one of the most aromatic daphnes; the Chinese species grows very well in shade or spotted sunlight, but prefers some shelter from the cold winds. The Chinese version is hardier than the normal daphne. The tubular flowers are small and sweet-smelling, arranged in clusters at the shoot tips, and appearing early in the year.

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis ‘Angelly’ is covered with small clusters of pale yellow, long-petalled blooms during the early part of the year. The leaves also colour well in autumn for added interest. Plants look good when grouped with shrubs that have provide flowers or scent during the summer when the plain green leaves offer little interest. Although slow-growing, the hamamelis will eventually reach the size of a small tree, so choose your planting site with care.

Common Holly

Common holly is a practical evergreen shrub that can be grown as a small tree, clipped bushes or as a hedge. There are many varieties with variegated leaves. Plants are either male or female. Both sexes are required for the female plants to produce their Winter berries.

Wintersweet

Wintersweet is a fitting name, for the flowers appear all Winter on the mature plants, and are renowned for their fragrance; whole stems are often being cut for attractive indoor arrangements. The small waxy blooms are light-yellow with brownish-purple inner petals. The blooms are produced on the bare branches of older bushes and it takes a juvenile plant a few years to settle down to flowering.

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