Aster

Aster alpinus (Alpine aster)

Aster alpinus (Alpine aster) Aka Aster Species, Alpine Aster, or Wild Aster, is an ornamental plant native to the mountains of Europe (including the Alps), with a subspecies native to Canada and the United States. It is a perennial forb (a forb  is a herbaceous flowering plant that is not a graminoid and its name is derived…

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed-Susan)

I’ve always planned to cover this plant although it’s not tropical. It’s hardy to USDA zones 3-9,  although in P.R. it can only grow as an anual in high elevations (in highest peaks where coffee is grown). I took these images in the Fort Pierce botanical garden in Florida called “Heathcote Botanical Gardens”, a very pleasant garden…

Helianthus annuus

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Aka Girasol, or Helianthus, is native to North America, except for three species in South America. Helianthus stems from Greek: Hēlios, “sun” and anthos, “flower”. It is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae.  I had no idea Sunflowers grew here. I found these very close to the beach.…

Dahlia 'Dahlinova Carolina Red'

Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Carolina Red’

Note: these images were taken is a studio-like setting with the Canon T6s, the Canon macro 100mm, two Canon speedlites mounted on tripods, and light diffusers. Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Carolina Red’, is a double form of Dahlia. Dahlias are bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. They are members of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants,…

Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Anastasia Green’ (Spider Chrysanthemum)

Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Anastasia Green’ (Spider Chrysanthemum) is a large, quilled, pale green spider mum which measures 5- to 5.5-inch-wide (12 to 14 cm). Image was shot with the Canon (Ti6S) and the 60mm Canon macro lens. Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Anastasia Green’ (Spider Chrysanthemum) If you have 27 minutes and are curious as to how some Chrysanthemums are cultivated…

Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’(D.X Grandiflorum)

Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’, is a “Florist Daisy”, and there’s only one link claiming this cultivar (see below). This will be a visual post only. Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’   Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’ Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’ Chrysanthemum hurt., The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches [ed. William Robinson], vol. 35: p. 384, t. 698 (1889) [H.G. Moon]…

Callistephus chinensis “Matsumoto”

Callistephus chinensis “Matsumoto” (Chinese Aster)

 Callistephus chinensis “Matsumoto” (Chinese Aster) Aka China Aster or Annual Aster, is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae, that is native to China and Korea and is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. Callistephus chinensis was introduced in Europe earlier than Chrysanthemum, in 1731, and reached North America in the early 19th Century, as…

Florist's daisy

Chrysanthemum morifolium (Florist’s daisy)

Note: this post has been revised Chrysanthemum morifolium (Florist’s daisy) Aka Hardy garden Mum, Pumpum, Pompom, Mums or Chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. There are countless horticultural varieties and…

Gazania linearis (Treasure Flower)

Gazania linearis (Treasure Flower) Aka Gazania longiscapa, Gazania stenophylla, Gorteria linearis and Gorteria linearis, is native to southern Africa, but it can be found in other parts of the world with similar climates where it has taken hold as an introduced species, such as in California and New Mexico in the United States, where it’s considered an invasive, as…

Gerbera jamesonii Bicolor Red White ‘Revolution’ (Barberton Daisy)

Gerbera jamesonii  (Barberton Daisy), Aka (Bicolor Red  White ‘Revolution’ Gerbera), Transvaal Daisy, and Barbertonse madeliefie, is indigenous to South Eastern Africa, but it’s cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. Gerbera is a genus of plants in the Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber (1710-1743) who travelled extensively in Russia…

Bidens alba (Shepherd’s Needles)

This concludes my posting of wildflowers for the time being. I was interested in sharing these last two popular wildflowers form the Asteraceae family. Bidens alba (Shepherd’s Needles) Aka Spanish Needles, Romerillo, Beggarticks, or Butterfly Needles, is native to the neotropics, including the U.S., México, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guayana Francesa, Guyana,…

Tridax procumbens (Coat Buttons)

I’m only covering the wildflowers most commonly seen in P.R.. However, this blog will continue to emphasize on ornamental plants after these few I’ve been posting. Tridax procumbens (Coat Buttons) Aka Romerillo, Tridax Daisy, Bakenbox, Cadillo, Chisaaca, Curagusano, Hierba de San Juan, or San Juan del monte, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy…

Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

The French marigold (Tagetes patula) Aka Tagetes patula ‘Honeycomb’,  Marigold, Clavel de moro, Damasquina o Flor copeteis, is a species in the daisy family (Asteraceae). It is native to Mexico and Guatemala with several naturalised populations in many other countries. The genus Tagetes is native to North and South America, but some species have become naturalized around…

Bitter Bush (Chromolaena odorata)

Bitter Bush (Chromolaena odorata) Aka Siam Weed, Christmas Bush, Jack in the Bush, Santa Maria,  Devil Weed, Camfhur Grass and Common Floss Flower, is a tropical species of flowering shrub in the sunflower family, Asteraceae. It is native to North America, from Florida and Texas to Mexico and the Caribbean. It has also been introduced in pantropical regions of the world. “Chromolaena odorata is considered an invasive weed of field crops and natural environments in its introduced range. It has…

Creeping Daisy (Wedelia trilobata) and Xeriscaping

(note: the ID of this flower has been revised) Creeping Daisy (Wedelia trilobata) Aka Sphagneticola trilobata, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy, and Wedelia, is a plant I saw yesterday and surprised me as being used for xeriscaping. Creeping Daisy (Wedelia trilobite) is native to the northern part of South America and the West Indies. It is a creeping evergreen perennial…