Tree profile: Strawberry Tree
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Strawberry tree is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Ericaceae. It is also known as the ‘apple of cain’ and ‘cane apple’ tree, while it is scientifically known as Arbus unendo. The tree is native to the Mediterranean region, while it also...
Wild herb profiles and identification: Wintergreen
By: J.D.G.
With its distinctive aroma and beautiful foliage, wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a low growing evergreen that is typically found in the shaded woodland areas of midwestern and northeastern America and Canada. It can also make an attractive container plant provided that the conditions for growing...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
Chrysanthemum indicum is perennial flowering plant that belongs to the genus Chrysanthemum. The genus Chrysanthemum contributes close to 30 plant species to the family Asteraceae that forms a group of perennial flowing plants. Chrysanthemums naturally occur in Asia and the northeastern part of Europe. Many...
By: Alex Storey
Hawthorns are a large genus of small trees and shrubs from the rose family. Scientifically known as “Crataegus” the Cockspur Thorn is native to temperate regions of the northern-hemisphere. Identifying species is never easy. Firstly, the leaves of the Cockspur are alternate in arrangement...
Plant profile: Chrysanthemums (chrysanthemum indicum)
By: Alex Storey
Nicknamed “mums” or “chrysanths” the Chrysanthemum species is from the genus consisting of approximately 30 perennial flowering plants. From the Asteraceae family, Chrysanthemums are native to Asia and the north-eastern part of Europe thus “mums” flower in late autumn; these plants need...
By: David Jefferson
Amaryllis belladonna is native to the southwestern Cape of Africa and has been naturalized in the United States to Louisiana and the coast of California and is typically found in coastal biomes around the Pacific rim and Mediterranean. It is considered invasive in some of...
Plant profiles: Burdock (Arctium lappa)
By: Magpie Feathers
Botanical Name: Arctium Lappa Common name: Burdock Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Description: This is a herbaceous, biennial plant belonging to the genus Arctium and has prickly purple flowers and large coarse and ovate leaves which are woolly underneath. The plant is widely considered as a...
By: J. Lang Wood
Amaryllis belladonna is a native plant of South Africa that grows from an underground bulb. It is also known as a “Naked Lady” because the flower appears without any leaves when it blooms, thus being “naked.” The blooms are excellent as cut...
Plant profiles: Burdock (Arctium lappa)
By: Muneer Moosa Dhamani
Commonly known as the beggar’s button, burdock is a biennial plant that has been used for the benefit of human life for decades, as it has served as a cure for a variety of diseases. Apart from its medical uses, burdock has been used...
Plant profile: Prickly pear cactus
By: Richard Pearman
Prickly pears tend to be something of a joke. This is unfair. They can be beautiful plants if well grown and can have a rugged beauty if not so well grown; have pretty flowers; most are very easily cultivated. Some are very hardy and can...

 

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