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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 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.
Sunflower is a plant in the family Asteraceae, hailing from central and southern America (Peru and Mexico) and widespread in Europe since the Middle Age. This plant, which owes its name to its characteristic heliotropic behavior in which the inflorescence is always oriented towards the sun, has a long, sturdy stem with large and wrinkled leaves and giant inflorescences with yellow petals and a dark inner disc. In addition to being an ornamental plant, it is extensively used for the production of vegetable oil from its seeds.
Gypsophila is a perennial plant in the family Caryophyllaceae which originates from Europe and Western Asia. It looks like a bush and it bears on all the length of its thin stems numerous white or pink flowers. Because of its compact shape it is commonly called “baby’s-breath” and, in addition to being an ornamental plant for borders, it is used to make bouquets for brides (another common name is, as a matter of fact, “bridal veil”).
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.
The Lisianthus (or Eustoma) is a young plant: it was discovered in the Usa in the XIX century and transported to Europe at the beginning of the ‘900. It belongs to the family Gentianaceae. It is cultivated for ornamental purposes in pots and for the trade of cut flowers that are very appreciated for their simple and elegant design; it is characterized by slow growth and it blooms throughout the summer.