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Alstroemeria, also known as “lily of Peru”, is a genus in the the family Amaryllidaceae hailing from central and south America. It is a perennial shrub which bears wonderful flowers similar to small lilies with distinctive brown-dottet or striped petals. It is much appreciated for the production of cut flowers, however it is cultivated in pots as well, appearing in this case as a thick bush with light-green leaves and with thick and durable bloomings. It prefers sunny expositions, nontheless it well withstands low temperatures.
March, April, May
It is commonly known as Dimorphoteca or “African daisy” as well. It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from Southern Africa. It looks like a perennial bush with light green leaves and with a lot of flowers similar to big daisies (diameter of 5-6 cm more or less), colored from pink to white, yellow, purple and shaded colors.
It belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae and it originates from Africa and Southern Europe. It is a perennial plant, usually cultivated as annual with hanging shape. It has elongated, light green and delicate leaves. It produces small flowers with a trilobal upper part and a bilobed lower part with many shades from white to yellow, red, lilac up to blue, sometimes even in two contrasting colors (white, blue, yellow, red, etc.). The flowering is very abundant and it is pleasantly perfumed as well.
It is a particularly rustic plant in the Onagraceae family and it originates from central and southern America. It has oval and deep-green leaves and it produces beautiful flowers with red calyces and white and purple petals, collected in tufts of three or four. Some varieties produce berries, similar to cherries, which are dark-red and edible.
It belongs to the Violaceae family and it originates from Europe and America. It is a small and evergreen plant known for its white, yellow, orange, red, lilac, violet or speckled bicolor flowers. It is a green light bush with little and curved leaves. The shades of the colors are different and there are varieties with petals that have a dark spot inside (“Pansy” or “Saint Joseph violet”, since the shades remind the ones of the cape of the Saint). In the mild climate zones the blooming could be forced and it is in autumn until winter.
It is an evergreen plant originating from the mountainous areas of the Usa. Flowers bloom during the spring on trunks at the center of the fleshy foliage, collected in a dense little rose: they are striated, small, beautiful and they have pink, red and orange shades. It belongs to the family Portulaceae. It is cultivated because of its wonderful blooming both in the pot and in the rocky gardens. It blooms during the spring, it prefers sunny locations and it does not need abundant watering.
It belongs to the family Liliacae and it originates from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It is a bulbous perennial plant with erect shape. It has bright green and long leaves. It produces a peculiar panicle-shaped inflorescence with many small flowers with orange petals (there is also the “Arabicum” variety with white flowers) that reminds exactly the cockscomb.