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American Beautyberry

Added on 16 Oct, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Callicarpa.
Species: Callicarpa americana L..

The last time we were at the Lavender Fields this bush had its fruit on...I have never seen anything like it, th...


Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family

Added on 29 Dec, 2009 | 7 photos

The milkweeds (Asclepias)were named for Aesculapius, who is said to have learned his knowledge of healing from a...


Bignoniaceae – Trumpet-creeper family

Added on 28 Nov, 2009 | 7 photos

The family contains about 112 genera and more than 725 species of trees, shrubs, and, most commonly, vines, chie...


Butterfly Weed

Added on 5 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Asclepias.
Species: Asclepias tuberose.

Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root is a smaller member of the Milkweed family. It is said that the plant hates its ...


Cactaceae - Cactus Family

Added on 13 Jan, 2010 | 18 photos

Species: Cactaceae.

This family includes approx. 2000 species of plants distributed in places of desert or very dry climate, mainly ...


Convolvulaceae – Morning Glory Family

Added on 22 Oct, 2009 | 5 photos

These plant can be weedy or invasive, easily escaping cultivation. It can become a real problem in crop fields.



Added on 7 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Hemerocallis.
Species: Hemerocallis fulva.

The species name means “beautiful for a day,” and it is so true. Each flower only lasts a day, it then withers a...


Devils Walking Stick

Added on 8 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Aralia.
Species: Aralia spinosa.

This shrub was first used in the United States in landscaping in 1688, being used as a novelty item. For some re...



Added on 16 Sep, 2009 | 2 photos

Genus: Ilex.
Species: Ilex aquifolium.

The Holly tree, a tree of myth, a tree sacred to the Witches of old, and still held in great esteem. The ancient...


Indian Pipes

Added on 5 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Monotropa.
Species: Monotropa uniflora.

About 1/3 of our acre is left natural. In the woods at the base of a rotted tree stump I found these plants. As ...


Joe Pye Weed

Added on 23 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Eupatorium.
Species: Eupatorium purpureum.

Joe Pye is a plant native to Eastern North America. It was given that name for a Native American man who treated...



Added on 5 Sep, 2009 | 1 photo

Genus: Liriope.
Species: Liriope muscari.

This is one of the plants that an Elderly neighbor gifted me with this summer. Her husband had dug out tons of i...


Magnolia family

Added on 12 Nov, 2009 | 5 photos

Species: Magnoliaceae.

The economic significance of Magnolias is generally confined to the use of wood from certain timber species and ...



Added on 16 Oct, 2009 | 5 photos

Species: Malvaceae – Mallow family.

These are some really beautiful flowers. The flowers and leaves of many species are edible or used for medicine.



Added on 30 Sep, 2009 | 3 photos

Genus: Verbascum.
Species: Verbascum thapsus.

This is a biennial plant. The first year the plant is a rosette of leaves that hug the ground. The second year i...


Orange Touch Me Not

Added on 14 Sep, 2009 | 2 photos

Genus: Impatiens.
Species: Impatiens capensis.

Also called the Spotted Jewelweed

The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native ...


Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid

Added on 5 May, 2010 | 2 photos

Genus: Cypripedium.
Species: Cypripedium acaule.

I was told as a child that these orchids were endangered.....while driving to the store I passed a wooded area, ...



Added on 30 Sep, 2009 | 3 photos

Genus: Phytolacca.
Species: Phytolacca americana.

The Pokeweed was long used by the Native Americans. They introduced the colonists to it’s use as a vegetable, a ...


Reiger's Begonia

Added on 14 Oct, 2009 | 5 photos

Genus: Begonia.
Species: Begonia x hiemalis.



Added on 10 Sep, 2009 | 2 photos

Genus: Sassafras.
Species: Sassafras albidum.

Sassafras is well noted for its leaves…there are three different shapes. Some leaves with three lobes and others...


Spiderwort Family

Added on 12 Nov, 2009 | 4 photos

Species: Commelinaceae.

The family contains 38 genera and about 600 species. All members of the family are herbaceous, and are easily re...


Water-lily family

Added on 28 Oct, 2009 | 4 photos

Species: Nymphaeaceae.



Added on 24 Sep, 2009 | 2 photos

Genus: Achillea.
Species: Achillea millefolium.

Yarrow has a long history of use. In Rome it was known as a treatment for wounds; and the Native American Indian...