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Last Saturday was a perfect day for gardening - I cleaned out all the flower beds and planted 'Chianti' sunflower, Mexican zinnia and orange cosmos seeds. I even managed to get out and take some plant pictures before heading back to the computer to work on our new mobile site. The mobile version of the Plant Encyclopedia. is looking good so I hope you'll check it out. A little later in the week I'll have another bunch of content converted for mobile so visit often! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   April 19, 2015

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Dutchman's breeches
I've been friends with this pretty little woodland wildflower since I was a kid. Tramping through the woods at this time of year you might see large drifts of Dutchman's breeches  (Dicentra cucullaria) spreading across the forest floor. Read more about this eastern North American native wildflower that grows in USDA Zones3-8.

Picture Gallery

tulip
Tulipa spp.

This handsome group of Red Darwin tulips blooming in my front yard were just begging to have their picture taken so I did. Click to download a large version of this image or visit the Tulip Image Gallery to see others.


paperwhite
Paperwhites

The paperwhite daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are in bloom here in the Cincinnati area. Paperwhites are members of the Tazetta Group that you can read about here. Click here to download a large version (800x600) and visit the Daffodil Image Gallery to see other varieties.


George L. Taber Azalea
'George L. Taber' Azalea

Click here to download a large version (800x600) of the gorgeous 'George L. Taber' azalea.


coral honeysuckle blossom
Coral Honeysuckle

The native coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) begins blooming at this time of year across the eastern United States. I love these brilliant blossoms and the hummingbirds are hugely impressed and line up to take a taste. Click to download a large version (800x600) of my best picture of my favorite flowering vine for your computer desktop.

Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.

Articles & Resources

Daffodils
Daffodils Mean Spring Is Here!.


Huntington Gardens
A Visit to Huntington Gardens

Bruce Bohm sent us a mini-tour of Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California. It's famous for its collection of cactus and other desert plants. Click here for menu of Bruce's other articles.


Here are some shortcut links to some of the content on Floridata's Resources & Articles page:

Pepper (Capsicum spp.) Gallery
The Master Gardener Program
How to Create a Meadow Garden
How To Germinate Palm Seeds
Start Your Own Pepper and Tomato Plants
What's in a Plant Name?
Xeriscapes
Click for more...

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


 

Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Flowering Groundcovers

evergreen candytuft
Iberis sempervirens

Evergreen candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is a low-growing semi-woody subshrub that blooms at this time of year. This handsome evergreen makes and attractive groundcover even when not in bloom.

More showy species that are used as groundcovers:
leadwort (Plumbago auriculata)
bugleweed(Ajuga reptans spp.)
Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)
peacock ginger (Kaempferia laotica)
Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)
fairy fanflower (Scaevola aemula)

Asiatic Jasmine
Asiatic Jasmine

(Trachelospermum asiaticum).

false plumbago
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

(Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

mayapple
Pachysandra procumbens

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

trout lily
Madagascar Periwinkle

(Catharanthus roseus)


Floridata Master Plant List
The Floridata Plant Encyclopedia profiles all kinds of plants for every kind of climate. Visit the master Plant Profile List page that organizes species alphabetically by botanical name. Use the FloridataGrid page for advanced sorting, filtering and searching of the database.


Plant Tag Lists
Plant Type Tags
One or more "tags", represented as icons, are are assigned to a species to indicate plant form form and type.
Feature Tags
These tags are assigned to a species to summarize characteristics and uses.

 

Herbs

oregano
Origanum vulgare

Here are more herbs to try:
dill (Anethum graveolens)
Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana)
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
basil (Ocimum basilicum)
rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus )
tarragon, Mexican (Tagetes lucida)
pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)

sage flowers
Culinary Sage Flowers
Salvia officinalis

Sweetleaf flower
Sweetleaf (stevia)
Stevia rebaudiana

Click for more Edible Plants - but if you want to see them on our new mobile site, click here!

Fragrant

ginkgo leaves
Carolina Allspice

The Caroline allspice (Calycanthus floridus) is blooming now down south. Another native American species, all part of this plant, leaves, stems and roots, have a sweet spice fragrance and are known to find their way into potpourris. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this handsome deciduous shrub for your desktop.

Here is a sampler of just a few of the fragrant plants profiled on Floridata::
American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)
bearded iris (Iris germanica)
citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus)
common lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
giant rose mallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus)
ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium)
littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)
sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum)
wild plum (Prunus americana)

Meyer lemon blossoms
Citrus meyeri

lilac
Syringa vulgaris

For more, visit Floridata's List of Fragrant Plants - tablet and smartphone users might prefer our new mobile version of the Fragrant Plant List!

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