Month: July 2022

The Cosmos Genus

Forming part of the daisy family, Cosmos plants have around 40 different species, consisting of herbaceous annuals and perennials. While they are native to Mexico, and parts of the Americas, they are grown all over the world as an ornamental plant. In South Africa, where there are plenty of cosmos to be found, these plants were introduced accidentally in horse … Read More

The Banksia Genus (Australian Honeysuckle)

Belonging to the very unusual and fabulous Proteaceae plant family, Banksia is a genus made up of about 170 different species, all native to Australia as wildflowers. While the image of a wildflower you might have in mind is probably a herbaceous perennial, banksias are shrubs or trees. Banksia At A Glance Banksias can be found in forested  areas, shrub … Read More

The Celosia Genus

Celosia comes from the Amaranth plant family, known for their striking, feathery flowers in many colors. The species belonging to the genus – and there’s about 50 of them – hail from tropical parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. Celosia At A Glance There are various types of celosia to choose from, which form flowers in different shapes, and … Read More

The Limonium Genus (Sea Lavender; Statice)

Also known as Caspia, or Marsh-Rosemary, Limonium is a genus of 120 different species, hailing from the leadwort family. They can be found across the world, but the greatest diversity belongs to the area between the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and the middle of Asia, where over a hundred species can be found. Limonium At A Glance Limoniums are lovely … Read More

The Wisteria Genus

One of the most elegant genera around, wisteria are climbing plants belonging to the pea plant family, and the genus itself is made up of around 10 different species. Wisteria At A Glance These striking plants are native to Asia, the eastern parts of the US, and northern parts of Iran. They are grown all over the world for their … Read More

The Nerium Genus (Oleander)

Nerium is a genus that consists of a single species, Nerium oleander, grown both in temperate and warm climates as an ornamental plant. It’s so widespread that no one is precisely sure where it came from, which speaks of its popularity. Oleander At A Glance Growing as a shrub or a small tree, oleander belongs to the dogbane plant family, … Read More

The Solidago Genus (Goldenrod)

Part of the aster plant family, Solidago, or the goldenrod, is the genus name for between 100 and 120 different species, all of which produce fabulous flowers. Most hail from North America, while some can be found in Europe, Asia, and South America. For rays of golden yellow flowers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a brighter option than solidago. At … Read More

The Eryngium Genus (Sea Holly)

Part of the celery plant family, the sea holly, or Eryngium, is a genus of around 250 different species, some of which are annual varieties, and some are perennials. The biggest number of different species comes from South America, but most come from parts of Europe. Eryngiums are highly-prized ornamental plants, bringing a wealth of beneficial insects into your garden, … Read More

The Helleborus Genus (Hellebore; Christmas Rose)

Hellebore or Helleborus, comes from the buttercup plant family, and is a genus made up of around 20 species of perennials. You may also know the hellebore as the Christmas rose or winter rose, but it has no ties to the rose plant family.  Hellebores hail from Europe and Asia. Hellebore At A Glance What you might assume to be … Read More

The Felicia Genus (Blue Daisy; Marguerite Daisy)

Felicia is one of the most recognizable genera within the daisy plant family, consisting of about 80 different species of perennials, annuals, and shrubs. The majority come from South Africa, in rocky or sandy soil, and are primarily known for vivid blue flowers, though they can be purple or white, too. These plants attract plenty of pollinators into your garden, … Read More