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Snowdrops, Galanthus.

FamilyAmaryllidaceae

Native Range: Europe

Snowdrops are the first sign of spring around the corner. They are among the first bulbs to bloom in mid to late winter and spring and can form impressive carpets of white in areas where they are native or have been naturalised. They grow to 4 inches tall with white flowers dropping down.

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Cypripedium Kentuckiense,  Kentucky Lady’s Slipper

Family: Orchidaceae

Cypripedium Kentuckiense has the largest flower in the genus Cypripedium. The petals and sepals are greenish striped and mottled with purple while the very large lip, or pouch, is a creamy ivory or pale yellow. The plant can be up to 70 cm tall and has bract leaf-like leaves that are up to 12 cm long. Each plant is usually single-flowered.

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Canna Striata, Canna                                                                               Family: Cannaceae

Cannas are large rhizomatous tropical plants that produce flower spikes in summer atop erect stems sheathed in large paddle-shaped leaves. ‘Striata’ is a popular hybrid cultivar that grows 4-6’ tall. It features medium green leaves (to 10-20” long) with yellow-striped veins. Orange flowers (to 3” across) appear in racemes atop purplish stems from mid-summer to fall. Dramatic foliage provides considerable ornamental interest when the plants are not in flower.

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Conneticut State Flower!

Kalmia Latifolia, Mountain Laurel

Family: Ericaceae

Mountain laurel is a gnarled broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to Eastern North America where it is often found growing in rocky or sandy woods. It is noted for its excellent spring flowers and year round foliage. Mature size is typically 5 to 12’ tall, with a similar spread but can be significantly larger, especially in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The elliptic leaves are alternate typically  growing between 2-5 ft long, with a dark green glossy look on top and yellow-green on the bottom. The flowers  (about 1” across)are cup shaped, clustering up, with five sides and ranges in color from rose to white with purple markings inside. 

*All parts of this plant are toxic if ingested*

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Florida’s State Flower!

Citrus Sinensis, Orange Blossom

Family: Rutaceae

The sweet orange is a compact evergreen tree 20-30 ft (6.1-9.1 m) tall with a rounded, symmetrical crown spreading 15-20 ft (4.6-6.1 m) or so. The leaves are shiny and leathery, oblong to elliptic, up to 4 in (10.2 cm) long, and have narrow wings on their petioles (leaf stems). The twigs on many orange cultivars are thorny. Orange blossoms are white, very fragrant, and arranged in clusters of 1-6.

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Clitoria Mariana, Butterfly Pea

Family: Fabaceae

Type: Vine

Flowering Season: May-Sept.

Flower: 2 inch, pale lavender-blue to violet flower; large rounded standard which is notched at the tip; the keel and white petals are short; 1 to 3 flowers per stalk arise from the axils of leaves; small bud-like flowers are produced late in the season

Leaves: AlternateStalked leaves are divided into 1 to 2 inch  subulate-ovate shaped leaflets

Comments:

  • The plant is commonly called “Butterfly Pea” not because it is a good butterfly attracting species but because of its big flowers which are butterfly-shaped. 
  • This plant is often confused with Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), which has upside-down flowers, the banner pointing downward, while that of Clitoria stands erect.
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Calendura Officilanis, Pot Marigold

Family: Asteracea

Is a genius of about 12-20 species of plants in the daisy family. Calendula has been used traditionally as both a culinary and medicinal herb. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese or as a replacement for saffron. In herbalism, Calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically for acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue.