Plant Information Cornus florida, also known as flowering dogwood, is a native North American species of deciduous tree in the Cornaceae family. It is popular across its range, from southeastern Canada to northern Mexico, due to its beautiful petal-like bracts and its interesting bark. The hard wood likely inspired its genus name, which comes from [...]
Plant Information The eastern redbud or American redbud,also known as Cercis canadensis, is a deciduous woody perennial in the Fabaceae family that is native to eastern North America. The genus name comes from the Greek kerkis meaning weaver’s shuttle, which refers to the shape of the seed pod. The Eastern redbud can be identified by [...]
Plant Information Echinacea is a genus of about 10 perennial species, commonly known as coneflowers, in the Asteraceae family. They are native to eastern and central North America where they naturally grow in open woodlands and prairies. The genus name comes from the Greek ekhinos, meaning hedgehog, likely referring to the spiny central disk of [...]
Plant Information Bleeding Heart (Dicentra sp.) is a genus in the Papaveraceae family with over 20 species native to North America and eastern Asia. The name Dicentra comes from the Greek words dis and kéntron meaning “twice” and “spur”, referring to the two spurred outer petals that give the flowers their distinctive shape. This distinctive [...]
Plant Information Native to Central America, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has become one of the most beloved holiday plants in the United States. With dramatic red bracts and crisp dark green leaves, poinsettia cheers us as the days grow ever shorter. This plant has come to represent festive, joyful times as we celebrate our ties to [...]
Plant Information Hibiscus, which is commonly referred to as rose mallow, is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Malvacea family. Hibiscus can be both perennial or annual herbaceous plants, woody shrubs and small trees. They are native to Asia and North America and there are over two hundred species and many more [...]
Phlox is a genus containing around sixty species in the plant family Polemoniaceae. Phlox consists of both perennial and annual plants that are mostly native to North America. The name phlox comes from the Greek word meaning “flame,” referring to the bright, colorful blooms they can produce.
Plant Information A cactus (plural cacti, cactuses, or less commonly, cactus) is a member of the flowering plant family Cactaceae, a family comprising about 139 genera with nearly 2,000 known species of the order Caryophyllales. The word “cactus” derives, through Latin, from the ancient ancient Greek, kaktos, a name originally used for a spiny plant […]
Daylilies are flowering plants in the genus Hemerocallis, a member of the family Asphodelaceae. Their scientific name, Hemerocallis, is from the Greek hemeros, a day, and kallos, meaning beauty, because the flowers are only open a single day.