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Amaryllis belladonna's showy blooms rise above the ground on a bare and upright stem.
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus has edible buds and tubers and a sweet citrus fragrance.
Known to be a "must-have" plant, Acer palmatum can even be made into a delicacy.
Lagerstoemia not only blooms in vivid red, pinks, and purples but also lasts until autumn.
With vibrant yellow flowers, plants of the genus Helianthus have a world record and a famous painting dedicated to them.
The sweetly-scented flowers of the genus Rosa are famous worldwide for their association with love and beauty.
Begonia cucullata's red flowers and waxy green leaves flourish in warm climates.
A variety of people use some part of Juglans trees in their daily lives -- chefs, carpenters, cabinet-makers, carvers, and common folk.
With water repelling leaves, plants of the Adiantum genus can even grow on a rocky cliff.
Dubbed "the bedroom plant", Sansevieria trifasciata has snake-like leaves and can purify the air in your room.
With soft, feathery leaves, Asparagus setaceus can be an elegant houseplant.
Crocosmia's flowers bloom in fiery red. Their stems arch, and their sword-like leaves stand upright.
With a sweet fragrance, Lavandula can even be used to flavor ice cream!
The symmetrical Platycladus orientalis is known as the "tree of life" (and for good reasons).
With a special way of spreading its seeds, Dicentra formosa can be seen throughout the North American west coast.
Though resembling an ordinary daisy, Leucanthemum × superbum can be a cross between four different plants.
This strong tasting herb, Foeniculum vulgare, is easy to recognize and can even grow taller than a person.
Imperial palaces, Memorial Day, courage and honor -- these are just a few things Paeonia's gorgeous flowers bring to mind.
Known for its fishy taste, Houttuynia cordata has distinct heart-shaped leaves.
A sky blue flower, Myosotis is also a symbol of "eternal remembrance."
Producing delicious yellow fruits, Eriobotrya japonica can be found all over the world.
The seeds of Acer trees spin like helicopters when they fall to the ground in autumn.
Plants of the genus Lotus are sometimes called bacon-and-eggs, for the yellow color of the flowers.
Trifolium repens is associated with sweet honey, good luck, and an Irish holiday.
Wood of trees in the genus Picea can be found in paper, pianos, and planes.
Though covered in thorns, Rubus armeniacus produces tasty berries in the summer.
Healthy for humans but calamitous to cows, Sinapis arvensis can even be found at the North Pole!
Taraxacum: a cure for all illnesses? It might grow right outside your doorstep.
Bitten by a spider? Use plants of the genus Plantago to soothe your wound.
A popular panacea, Prunella vulgaris, grows widely in the Oregon mountains.
Polystichum munitum resembles the top part of a palm tree.
Digitalis purpurea was the first wildflower we could name while camping in Oregon.
We are traveling and will have no internet connection for ten days, so there will be no updates until July 21. See you then! 🙂 Here are some camellia sketches!
With purple pollen, Agapanthus praecox resembles a giant dandelion seed head.
Containing a toxic compound, Pittosporum tobira was once used as bait to kill fish.
The Golden State's state flower, Eschscholzia californica, blooms in gold.
The sweet-smelling Trachelospermum jasminoides is a perfume and a common Chinese medicine.
A favorite of hummingbirds, Salvia microphylla resembles a person with red pants.
The gorgeous freckled blooms of the genus Alstroemeria are unfortunately poisonous to cats.
Named after the Father of Texas Botany, Oenothera lindheimeri look like butterflies about to take flight.
Use Erigeron karvinskianus to create a daisy wall or to carpet your stone steps!
Oenothera speciosa spreads like fire, adding splashes of pink to the North American grasslands.
Sacred in many cultures, flowers of the genus Nelumbo have water-repellant leaves and edible seeds.
Known for its fragrance and invasive nature, Lonicera japonica can produce poisonous berries.
Ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest surviving tree species in the world, has no living relatives.
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One of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, Primula vulgaris can add flavor to your salad!
Unlike most flowers, some Hydrangeas can change color, resulting in dazzling ombres of pink, purple, and blue.
One of the oldest tree species in the world, Magnolia grandiflora is a traditional Asian herbal medicine.
Pelargonium capitatum's scent comes from the essential oils inside the plant.
Dietes bicolor, a member of the iris family, can apparently glow in the dark.
With dramatic cone-shaped flowers, Echium candicans is poisonous when eaten.
One of the most well-known plants native to Australia, Callistemon citrinus can produce a natural red dye.
A hybrid between two rockroses, Cistus purpureus is an evergreen shrub with bright pink blooms.
Find the fire-resistant flower, Erigeron glaucus, by the ocean, nodding in the breeze.
Different species of Aquilegia often cross-pollinate when planted near each other.
Shaped like a dragon's snout, Antirrhinum majus's flowers can open their jaws like snapping turtles!
This vivid, pink flower, Oxalis articulata, hides an edible surprise -- a burst of sour oxalic acid.
Lobularia maritima can be found hanging off the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Resembling flaming spearheads, these striking flowers -- Kniphofia uvaria -- are unfortunately becoming an invasive species.
Behind the school, we discovered the spectacular succulent, Aloe maculata.
Zantedeschia aethiopica, known commonly as calla lily or arum lily, introduced us to the world of flowers around us.