Cultivars of celosia (Celosia argentea) with a feathery upright flowerheads are placed in the Plumosa Group. They are commonly called feathered amaranth, woolflower or red fox. This patch of of pink celosias has reseeded itself in my friend's garden for years. Download a large version (800x600) of this pretty pink feathered amaranth.
While taking pictures of my friend's celosia (Celosia argentea) patch I noticed that one of the plants had mutated into the crested/cockscomb form. This oddly shaped, flattened form is commonly called cockscomb because it resembles that weird thing on the top of a rooster's head. Download a large cockscomb to display on your desktop.
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Everyone knows what a weed is: it’s a plant growing in the wrong place. Whether it’s in an aquarium, in a potted plant, in a garden, or widespread in a field, it’s not supposed to be there. Weeds vary from the green algal slime on the walls of an untended fish tank, bind-weed (Convolvulus sp.) in a row of pole beans, dandelion or cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radiata) in a lawn, or silk oak (Grevillea robusta) colonizing a slope on Kaua`i. And, as those examples suggest, weeds can vary drastically in size from the unicellular alga to the 10 m tall tree. A single definition hardly fits such an array of organisms. Instead of a technical definition term to define weediness, it is most useful to look at some of the features of plants that enable them to be weeds. Comprehensive discussions of weediness can be found in two classic treatments of the subject by the late University of California, Berkeley botanist, Herbert G. Baker. Read article »
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Another thing I miss about back home in North Florida is seeing the statuesque loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus) trees in bloom. This native tree produces white waxy blossoms that are easy to see, held against the tree's rich green evergreen leaves.
More summer's fragrant woody species:
American linden (Tilia americana)
Ashe magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
linden (Tilia cordata)
mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata )
smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
yellow anisetree(Illicium parviflorum)