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Monday, September 30, 2013

Floss Flowers

Types of Flowers 
Flossflower (Ageratum houstonianum), is a cool-season annual plant often grown as bedding in gardens. The plant grows to 0.3–1 m high, with ovate to triangular leaves 2–7 cm long, and blue flowers (sometimes white, pink, or purple). The flower heads are borne in dense corymbs. The ray flowers are threadlike, leading to the common name. The plant is native to Central America and adjacent parts of Mexico, but has become an invasive weed in other areas. Ageratum has evolved an ingenious method of protecting itself from insects; it produces a precocene compound which interferes with the normal function of the corpus allatum, the organ responsible for secreting juvenile hormone. This chemical triggers the next molting cycle to prematurely develop adult structures, and can render most insects sterile if ingested in large enough quantities.

False Spiraea Flowers

Types of Flowers 
False Spiraea: 
False Spiraea common Name , False Spiraea, False Goat's Beard, Astilbe.Life from about 5 to 15 days in flower food solutions.Care remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place in a hydration solution followed by fresh flower food. desiccates (dries out) easily, therefore, place in a hydration solution immediately after harvest. They also can be placed in a wetting agent solution containing 0.01% Triton X-100 but will be damaged if other wetting agents are used such as Tween 20 or Tween 80. Harvest Instructions one researcher states that the flowers should be harvested when flowers are from 25-50% open but another says from 50-75% open.Family roots of false spiraea member of the Saxifragaceae (saxifrage) family.Native to Asia, North America. Related species include Hydrangea, Bergenia, Tiarella and Heuchera.Availability year round but mostly summer.Flower color White, pink, rose, red and purple.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Eustoma Flowers

Types of Flowers 
Eustoma : 
Eustoma, a genus of three species in the family Gentianaceae, grows natively in warm regions of the Southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean and northern South America. Examples grow mostly in grassland and in areas of disturbed ground. These flowers are commonly known as Lisianthus flowers. 
They are herbaceous annuals, growing to 15 – 60 cm tall, with bluish green, slightly succulent leaves and large funnel-shaped flowers growing on long straight stems: sometimes erect single stems, other times growing on branching stems that can rise to be three feet tall. The flowers can grow up to two inches across and can be found in a variety of colors. They have been found in all shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. In addition, some are bicolored and some are occasionally found in yellow or carmine-red. Lisianthus flowers are either single-flowered or double-flowered. Both types of flowers can be found in all ranges of the possible colors listed above. 
They are usually one to three feet tall, although there are dwarf varieties that only grow up to eight inches in height.Lisianthus flowers are tricky to grow and require some maintenance.They have tiny seeds that must be sown on the surface, not buried,and they must be planted in rich, well-drained soil and exposed to full sun. They must be kept moist but not overwatered:overwatering may result in the growth and development of fungal diseases. Lisianthus flowers will begin to bloom in early summer and some will continue to bloom throughout the later months of the summer. When cut, Lisianthus flowers can last anywhere from two to three weeks in a vase. 
Eustoma russellianum is particularly popular and has a number of cultivars that are grown for the cut-flower market. The cultivated flower is also often known as Lisianthus, Texas Bluebell, Prairie Gentian,Tulip Gentian, or just Gentian, although the last name can cause confusion with the related Gentian plant genus. Eustoma is named after the Greek words eu, which means beautiful, and stoma, which means mouth. Lisianthus on the other hand comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning dissolution, and anthos, which means flower.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dianthus Barbatus Flowers

Types of Flowers 
Dianthus barbatus: 
Dianthus barbatus (sweet william) is a species of Dianthus native to southern Europe and parts of Asia which has become a popular ornamental garden plant. It is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant growing to 30–75 cm tall, with flowers in a dense cluster of up to 30 at the top of the stems. Each flower is 2–3 cm diameter with five petals displaying serrated edges. Wild plants produce red flowers with a white base, but colours in cultivars range from white, pink, red, and purple or with variegated patterns. The exact origin of its English common name is unknown, but first appears in 1596 in botanist John Gerard's garden catalog. The flowers are edible and may have medicinal properties.Sweet william attracts bees, birds, and butterflies. 

Many legends purport to explain how sweet william acquired its English common name, but none is verified. "Sweet william" is often said to honour the 18th century Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. As a result of the Duke's victory at the Battle of Culloden and his generally brutal treatment of the king's enemies, it is also claimed that the Scots sometimes call the flower "Stinking Billy".Though this makes a nice story, it is entirely untrue. The Scots sometimes refer to the noxious ragwort, not Dianthus barbatus, as "Stinking Billy" in memory of the infamous Duke. Also, the English botanist John Gerard referred to Dianthus barbatus as "Sweete Williams" in his garden catalogue of 1596, 150 years before Culloden.Phillips speculated that the flower was named after Gerard's contemporary, William Shakespeare.It is also said to be named after Saint William of York or after William the Conqueror. Another etymological derivation is that william is a corruption of the French oillet, meaning "little eye". Sweet william is a favourite name for lovelorn young men in English folkloric ballads, e.g., "Fair Margaret and Sweet William."