Scientific Name - Cirsium heterophyllum (L.) Hill
Synonyms - Cirsium helenioides
Popular names - cirsio di Elena Cardo sad, melancholy Thistle.
Distribution and Habitat - originating in Europe - Siberia, growing on peat bogs, on wet meadows, along rivers, on the edge of forests at 800-2100 m altitude.
Description - herbaceous perennial. Stem robust, erect, simple. Leaves Sesi, amplesicaule, lanceolate, 5-7 x 20-30 cm tomentoase white on the underside. Capital 2-4 each, 3 cm in diameter, isolated or far from the top two branches, pear-shaped involucre, 2 x2.5 cm lower bracts lanceolate, the upper linear; Corola red-purple; Papus 23 mm. Blooms in June-August. Fruit achenes, obconica, top with a conical protuberance in the middle. Seeds pale white-yellow and purple. 2n = 34
Curiosity - discovered by Thomas Penny in 1581.
Physalis alkekengi - ripe fruits are edible, are rich in Vitamin C and has diuretic and laxative properties.
Succulent perennial. Short stem with a rosette of leaves at the base. The leaves are 5-7.5 cm long, obovata-spatulate, concave, tomentoase. Blossom side, 20-30 cm long, flowers campanulata, yellow-orange, 5 SEPA, 5 petals, 10 stamens.
Originally from Europe and western Asia, growing on wet soils and peat, from plain to 1800 m altitude.
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
Crocosmia, comes from the Greek 'Krok' = Crocus, and 'osme' = odor, "smell of Crocus'. Crocosmia was described in 1851 by Jules Emile Planchon.
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora was created in France in 1880.
Euphrasia arguta reappeared after 100 years
Teline canariensis - shrub native (endemic) of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, grows at the edge of forests of Pinus radiata and Laurus canariensis novo in association with Neotinea maculata, Hypericum reflexum and Cystus sympithifolius, from 500 to 1500 m altitude.
Herbaceous perennial. Floral stem erect, 3-15 cm high. Basal leaves often nested, lamina lanceolata, 0.4-1.5 cm x 0.8-2.0 mm, margins cartilaginous, top acute, glabra, nauseating. Flowers solitary, bisexual or unisexuate. Pedicel 2-40 mm.
Cosmos sulphureus - used as an ornamental species for borders or groups, in association with Asclepias curassavica, Coreopsis tinctoria, Oenothera fruticosa, Rudbeckia hirta, Salvia farinacea, Solidago canadensis, Tagetes erecta.