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Adhatoda Vasica (Malabar Nut)

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 Flower

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

Strelitzia Flower

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 Flower

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 Flower

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

Waxflower Flower

The waxflower is a shrub more commonly known as the Geraldton wax. This is in honour of the Australian town of Geraldton, where it is thought to originate. The Latin name for the plant is chamelaucium uncinatum, with the word uncinatum coming from the Latin for hooked. It is called

Snapdragon Flower

The Snapdragon’s botanical name is Antirrhinum, from the Greek words ‘anti’ (like) and ‘rhin’ (a nose), which refers to the resemblance the flower is said to have to a snout. DescriptionSnapdragons come in a wide variety of bright colours and a range of heights, from dwarf to medium and tall. They

Viburnum-opulus Flower

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 Flower

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

Vanda Flower

The name Vanda comes from the Urdu name for one of the species, Vanda tessellatta, which has now been adopted as a common name for the whole genus. DescriptionOrchids in the Vanda genus usually display five-petal flowers. Flowers can vary in colour and often come in bright shades such as purple,