Unless you are allergic to flowers, you most probably appreciate their delicate and dainty beauty one way or another. They are certainly splendid and delightful and never fail to uplift the mood and create a pleasing atmosphere. But even though we all marvel at the sight of a flowery garden, a bouquet or any collective arrangement of flowers, most of us aren’t fully familiar with the different species and classifications of these blooming blossoms. I can even remember that our usual answer to the slumbook question “What is your favorite flower?” was “rose”. So, it’s good to add to our stock knowledge while at the same time basking at the beauty of God’s creation.
After all, it’s about time to stop and smell the flowers, quite literally. There are hundreds of varieties and kinds of flowers Mother Nature has to offer but I’ll just feature a few of the most common ones.
ALSTROMERIAS: Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are all native to South America
ASTER: Aster is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Its circumscription has been narrowed, and it now encompasses around 180 species, all but one of which are restricted to Eurasia; many species formerly in Aster are now in other genera of the tribe Astereae.
BLUEBELLS: Bluebells are also known as wild hyacinth, wood bell, fairy flower, and bell bottle.
BRODIAEA: Brodiaea is a monocot genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Brodiaeoideae, also known by the common name cluster-lilies.
CALLA LILY: It’s scientific name is Zantedeschia aethiopica. It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season.
CAMALIA: Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia.
CAMPION: There are a number of kinds of Campion flower but this particular one is Silene vulgaris, or bladder campion. It is a plant species of the genus Silene of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). It is native to Europe, where in some parts it is eaten, but is widespread in North America where it is considered a weed.
CARNATIONS: Carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.
A rather attractive kind of Carnation
CHERRY BLOSSOMS: A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら).
CHRYSANTHEMUMS: Chrysanthemums, often called mums or chrysanths, are perennial flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae which are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. There are about 30 species of this flower.
Chrysanthemums or Mums
COSMOS: One of the easiest to grow, Cosmos is a genus, with the same common name of Cosmos, of about 20–26 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae.
DAFFODILS: More popularly known as Narcissus, Daffodil is a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbous perennials in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.
DAHLIA: Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native mainly in Mexico, but also Central America, and Colombia.
DAISIES: A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the (usually) white petals and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the “eye”.
DAISIES: Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, often considered the archetypal species of that name. Many related plants also share the name “daisy”.
DANDELION: Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Eurasia and North and South America, and two species, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are found as weeds worldwide.
EVERLASTING: Golden everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), also known as strawflower, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Australia and is very adaptable to cultivation.
The name Everlasting probably comes from it being such a perennial plant.
GERBERA: This pretty blossom is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family. It was named in honor of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber who travelled extensively in Russia and was a friend of Carolus Linnaeus.
GLADIOLA: Also known as Gladiolus, Gladiola is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name. The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa.
HIBISCUS: Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. In the Philippines, it is called Gumamela.
HYDRANGEA: Hydrangea is a genus of 70-75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Japan, and Korea.
LAVENDER: Lavandula, commonly known as lavender, is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils.
LOTUS: Lotus is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called Water Lilies and live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world.
MARIGOLD: Marigold is a name given to Tagetes flower, which is a genus of 56 species of annual and perennial, mostly herbaceous plants in the sunflower family. Marigold is called so for its large, generally orange blossoms
ORCHIDS: Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colorful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family.
PEONIES: Paeonia is a genus of flowering plants, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.
RICE FLOWERS: Rice Flowers are very cute and tiny flowers. There are various species of this flower.
ROSES: Probably the most common flower in the world, a rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles.
SNAPDRAGON: Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons, from the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed.
A bunch of pretty snapdragons
STATICE: Limonium is a genus of 120 flower species. Members are also known as Sea Lavender, Statice, or Marsh-rosemary.
SUNFLOWERS: The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence, and its name is derived from the flower’s shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun.
TULIPS: The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which ca 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae.
A beautiful field of pink Tulips
VIOLETS: Viola is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae. It is the largest genus in the family, containing between 525 and 600 species.
Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes ten species of woody climbing bines native to the WISTERIA: Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan.
The jaw-dropping beauty of Wisteria as a wedding ornament.
So, what’s your favorite flower? 🙂
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