English: Malabar Nut Hindi: Adosa Sanskrit: Vasaka Adhatoda Vasica has been used in Indian medicine for over 2000 years. The leaf buds are chewed, sometimes with ginger, by sadhus. This helps to clear the respiratory passages during their yogic breathing exercise.Habitat The plant grows throughout the Indian peninsula up to an altitude of 1300
Scabious is better known as scabiosa, the butterfly blue or the pincushion flower. It produces large numbers of blue flowers that resemble pins stuck in a pin cushion. It is popular as a garden flower as it produces a lot of nectar, which effectively attracts butterflies and bees. Description This is a
The evergreen Strelitzia is commonly known as the Bird of Paradise plant. This is due to the bright colours and pointed petals of its flowers, which resemble a native bird species. Description Its silvery-green leaves are large, between 30 to 200 centimetres long, 10 to 80 centimetres broad and similar in shape
Zantedeschia, which is also known as calla or arum lily, was named in honour of Italian botanist Giovanni Zantedeschi by the German botanist Kurt Sprengel. Description The zantedeschia can grow from 1 to 2.5m tall and its leaves will reach between 15 and 45cm long. Typically, it has white-spotted leaves and flowers
Sweet pea is the common name for Lathydorus odoratus. It is a member of the Leguminosae family, and, despite its name, doesn’t produce the pea vegetable, unlike other plants in the same family. Description This annual climber has a tendril that winds itself around its support and reaches one to two metres
Viburnum opulus is more commonly known as the guelder rose. It also has some other common names, including European cranberry bush, red elder and gatten. DescriptionViburnum opulus is a deciduous shrub which stands erect. It can grow up to five metres and displays three lobed, palmed leaves which resemble maple leaves.
Trachelium, also known as Throatwort, form a striking visual effect when viewed en masse, often carpeting a clearing with a deep-blue or white haze. Named after the Greek word meaning ‘rough throat’, this flowering plant is a popular choice with florists for providing both texture and colour to an arrangement. DescriptionTrachelium