Scientific Name - Nemophila maculata Benth.
Popular names - fivespot.
Distribution and Habitat - a species endemic in California, Nevada and Sierra Sacramento Valley provinces, increases from 0 to 3100 m altitude.
Description - herbaceous annual. Prostrata strain, juicy, glabra, 10-30 cm long. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate or oblong, base cunea, 0.8-2 x 0.3-0.8 cm, 5-9 lobes lanceolate, upper leaves are short petiole or sessile, toothed or entire, or hirsuta hispida. Pedunculated long flowers, calyx sepals lanceolate to triungular-ovate, 5-8 mm long, corolla 1.5-5 cm, white with purple veins and a spot at the tip of each petal, petals oblonglanceolare to obovate. Blooms in April-July. Fruit capsule, 4-6 mm diameter
Requirements - prefer rich soil, moist, well-drained, with exhibitionssunny or partially shaded.
Propagation - by seed, is sown in February-March, in greenhouses. Germinate in 7-21 days.
Properties and Uses - cultivated for ornamental purposes in all regions of the world.
Curiosity - like Nemophila includes 11 species of annual herbaceous originating in North America.
Callistephus chinensis - annual species, 10-70 cm tall, native to Asia. Species cultivated as ornamental in gardens and parks.
Pontederia cordata L.
Species aquatic perennial, 45-60 cm tall, thin rhizome. Leaves basal, erect, ovat-lanceolata, with the cord; long petiole. Flowers violet-blue, rarely white, with an upper lobe yellow blossom disposed in ear type. Perianth campanulata, Revol tube after blooming, 6 stamens, 3 more unequal, May 3 children; anther elliptic, blue. Blooms in June-September. The fruit contains a single seed, indehiscent.
Hepatica nobilis Schreb
Herbaceous perennial, fibrous root. Leaves evergreen, coriacee, the young are green open and passwords, dark olive green on the upper face, and purple on the lower face at maturity and during flowering, cordiform 3-lobate, lobe ovat, margin entire, top obtuse.
Thunbergia alata - black-eyed Susan
Thunberg spelled - a species native to tropical Africa, but common as ornamental plants.
Tree, 40 m high, truncated 1 m in diameter. Stalk, leaf stalks are brown and language violated. Petiole 1.5-3 cm long. Leaves elliptic, ovat-elliptic, 6-22 x 4.7 cm, protruding ribs on both surfaces, base cuneata, top acuminata.
Pachira aquatica growing naturally along rivers in Central and South America. Is cultivated in world wide like ornamental, in hedges or solitary. Resistant to drought anf flooding.
The seeds of P. aquatica are delicious raw, boiled or roasted. Young leaves and flowers are also edible. The seeds are high in protein and edible oil.