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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.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant originating from Southern Africa. The freesia genus includes about fifteen botanical species that produce small round corms. The Freesia is suitable for Mediterranean climates, but is rather sensitive to cold. Every single bulb produces a small tuft of light green, ribbon-like, erect, fairly rigid and fleshy leaves; from the center of the leaves during the summer a thin and erect stem develops, that brings numerous small trumpet flowers. It blooms during the spring, it needs sunny positions and it fears the cold.
The Vinca or Pervinca is a herbaceous and evergreen plant originating from Europe (very common in Italy) and it belongs to the family Apocynaceae. It could be cultivated both with erect shape and hanging shape (Vinca so-called “Mediterranean”, transplanted in basket). It has a thick shrub with oval leaves, extended and shiny green. It produces a lot of little and delicate flowers, with five pastel colored petals, from white to pink, red, lilac and purple.
It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from Central America (Peru and Mexico) but it has spread in Europe since the Middle Age. The Sunflower, which owes its name to its characteristic heliotropic behavior (the inflorescence is always oriented towards the sun), has a long robust stem with large and wrinkled leaves and giant inflorescences with yellow petals and dark disc. In addition to being an ornamental plant, its use is known for the production of vegetable oil from its seeds.
The Potunia (from the fusion of the words “pot” and “petunia”) is a hybrid born in Germany from the recent botanical experimentation on the more common Petunia. With its “mother” it just shares the geographical origin from Central and South America and the belonging to the Solanaceae family. It differs from its “mother” for the more compact and rounded shape, for the much more abundant blooming and for the several colors, more intense and in some cases shaded, of its characteristic trumpet flowers. Even the leaves, hairy and slightly sticky as the Petunias, are different because they are perfumed.
The Rhodanthemum is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. It is cultivated both in pots and in open ground. It is used to make gardens and flowerbeds more colorful. It prefers sunny positions, loose and well-drained soils; it withstands temperatures of -10 degrees. Watering shouldn’t be very frequent and it’s necessary to do it just when the substratum is dry.