Category Archives: blooms

Houseplants Grow Wild in the Philippines

Cordyline fruticosa:  This is a popular houseplant in the U.S.  It’s a native outdoor species in the tropical parts of Asia and in Hawaii, and it’s been introduced in Australia.  In Hawaii it was introduced quite some time ago- the Polynesians brought it with them as the rhizomes are edible (and said to be sweet) […]

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Why Study Botany?

“…every wild flower that grows in their neighbourhood, they should know quite well; should be able to describe the leaf––its shape, size, growing from the root or from the stem; the manner of flowering––a head of flowers, a single flower, a spike, etc. And, having made the acquaintance of a wild flower, so that they […]

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spiderwort

SPIDERWORT: Tradescantia family. The spiderwort, which is a cousin of the wandering jew [Asiatic Day Flower today] and the Virginia dayflower, rejoices in the lacrymose every day name of widow’s tears. Like its cousin the day flower, the spiderwort opens for only a brief time the morning hours. Then the flowers are bright and lively […]

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Plant I.D. Practice

What we have here are 2 pics of one plant, one pic of another. Plants are a hickory sapling and poison ivy.  Both grow in our woods. Which would you pick? On of our Progency asked me for an album identifying our wood and creek land flora, but as a self respecting homeschool mom, I […]

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Flower Identification Terms

The pages below come from Wild flowers of New York, Volume 72, Issue 2, Homer Doliver House, The University of the state of New York, 1920. I found them very useful. Knowing these terms may seem intimidating at first, but it’s what you need to learn to move beyond the colour based method of flower […]

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