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Oklahoma State Flower!

Phoradendron SerotinumMistletoe

Family: Vicaceae

An evergreen shrub parasitic on trees. Widely used in the United States as a Christmas decoration. Stems smooth, green, brittle. Leaf blades thick, leathery, roughly elliptic, up to 2 inches long and 1 1/8 inches wide, with smooth margins, a rounded tip, and tapered base. Plants male or female, easily distinguished in winter by shiny, white berries 3/16 inch wide on the female, and spikes of greenish yellow flowers on the male. Especially common on Sugar Hackberry 

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Strongylodon Macrobotrys, Jade Vine

Family: Leguminosae/ Fabaceae

With its long cascading translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage, the jade vine is one of the most beautiful and elegant of all tropical climbers. It comes from the rainforests of the Philippines, a scattered group of 7,100 islands in tropical Asia. It is a member of the same family as peas and beans (Leguminosae), and is closely related to the kidney bean and runner bean group (tribe Phaseoleae).

The plant has been grown at Kew for many years but, until 1995, it had never produced seed. After careful studies of the flower structure, scientists from the Jodrell Laboratory managed to pollinate the flowers successfully so that seeds developed.

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State Flower of Wyoming 

Castilleja Linariaefolia, Indian Paintbush

Family: Orobanchaceae 

This perennial can grow up to 3 feet tall with Linear leaves that are between 20 and 80 mm in length and have up to 3 lobes. Flowers are in a cluster, red, with a yellowish and reddish corolla and bright red or orange bracts. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).

Uses: This plant has been used for treating skin diseases, kidney disorders and leprosy. A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of excessive menstrual discharge and other menstrual difficulties, and also to prevent conception.

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Cypripedium Kentuckiense Kentucky Lady’s Slipper

Family: Orchidaceae

Cypripedium Kentuckiense has the largest flower in the genus Cypripedium. The petals and sepals are greenish striped and mottled with purple while the very large lip, or pouch, is a creamy ivory or pale yellow. The plant can be up to 70 cm tall and has bract leaf-like leaves that are up to 12 cm long. Each plant is usually single-flowered.

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Conneticut State Flower!

Kalmia Latifolia, Mountain Laurel

Family: Ericaceae

Mountain laurel is a gnarled broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to Eastern North America where it is often found growing in rocky or sandy woods. It is noted for its excellent spring flowers and year round foliage. Mature size is typically 5 to 12’ tall, with a similar spread but can be significantly larger, especially in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The elliptic leaves are alternate typically  growing between 2-5 ft long, with a dark green glossy look on top and yellow-green on the bottom. The flowers  (about 1” across)are cup shaped, clustering up, with five sides and ranges in color from rose to white with purple markings inside. 

*All parts of this plant are toxic if ingested*

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Florida’s State Flower!

Citrus Sinensis, Orange Blossom

Family: Rutaceae

The sweet orange is a compact evergreen tree 20-30 ft (6.1-9.1 m) tall with a rounded, symmetrical crown spreading 15-20 ft (4.6-6.1 m) or so. The leaves are shiny and leathery, oblong to elliptic, up to 4 in (10.2 cm) long, and have narrow wings on their petioles (leaf stems). The twigs on many orange cultivars are thorny. Orange blossoms are white, very fragrant, and arranged in clusters of 1-6.

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Clitoria Mariana, Butterfly Pea

Family: Fabaceae

Type: Vine

Flowering Season: May-Sept.

Flower: 2 inch, pale lavender-blue to violet flower; large rounded standard which is notched at the tip; the keel and white petals are short; 1 to 3 flowers per stalk arise from the axils of leaves; small bud-like flowers are produced late in the season

Leaves: AlternateStalked leaves are divided into 1 to 2 inch  subulate-ovate shaped leaflets


  • The plant is commonly called “Butterfly Pea” not because it is a good butterfly attracting species but because of its big flowers which are butterfly-shaped. 
  • This plant is often confused with Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), which has upside-down flowers, the banner pointing downward, while that of Clitoria stands erect.
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Calendura Officilanis, Pot Marigold

Family: Asteracea

Is a genius of about 12-20 species of plants in the daisy family. Calendula has been used traditionally as both a culinary and medicinal herb. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese or as a replacement for saffron. In herbalismCalendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically for acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue. 

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Gomphrena Globosa, Globe Amarntha

Family: Amaranthaceae

Globe amaranth is a compact annual that typically grows 12-24” tall on upright branching stems. The true flowers are insignificant, tiny, white to yellow trumpets that are only visible close up. It is the bright magenta bracts arranged in globose, papery-textured, clover-like flowerheads that provide the real show in a long summer to frost bloom. Cultivars expand the range of flowerhead colors to include red, pink, purple, lilac, violet and white. Long lasting fresh cut flower. Excellent dried flower (an everlasting) that retains color well. Narrow oblong to elliptic green leaves (to 4” long).

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Canna Striata, Canna                                                                               Family: Cannaceae

Cannas are large rhizomatous tropical plants that produce flower spikes in summer atop erect stems sheathed in large paddle-shaped leaves. ‘Striata’ is a popular hybrid cultivar that grows 4-6’ tall. It features medium green leaves (to 10-20” long) with yellow-striped veins. Orange flowers (to 3” across) appear in racemes atop purplish stems from mid-summer to fall. Dramatic foliage provides considerable ornamental interest when the plants are not in flower.

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Snowdrops, Galanthus.


Native Range: Europe

Snowdrops are the first sign of spring around the corner. They are among the first bulbs to bloom in mid to late winter and spring and can form impressive carpets of white in areas where they are native or have been naturalised. They grow to 4 inches tall with white flowers dropping down.

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Bog rosemary, Andromeda Polifolia

Bog Rosemary is a low, evergreen shrub growing from 8 in to 3 ft. in height. The shrub does not have many branches, but many shrubs will grow together to form a clump. The small, firm, narrow leaves are blue-green evergreen, alternately arranged and lanceolate. Leaf margins roll under. Several small, bell-shaped, pink or white flowers occur together in a curved umbel at the tip of a branch.

Bog Rosemary is one of several heath shrubs often found in boggy areas ( cold peat-accumulating areas.). Bog rosemary contains grayanotoxin, which when ingested lowers blood pressure. The species name derives from the superficial resemblance of the leaves to those of the unrelated shrub rosemary.

— 1 year ago