Scientific Name - Solidago caesia L.
Synonyms - Solidago axillaris Pursh.
Popular names - blue-stemmed goldenrod, vara de oro montanòsa.
Distribution and Habitat - grows naturally in dry soils on roadsides from Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south Florida and Texas.
Description - Perennial species, rhizome. Stems slender, purple or glauca, glabra, branched, 30-100 cm tall. Leaves alternate, sessile, oblong-lanceolate or lanceolate, long acuminata, smooth, toothed, 5-15 cm long. Flowers in axillary or raceme groups, stem 2-10 mm involucrului bracts linear, ligulate flowers 1-6, yellow, tubular flowers 3-9, yellow. Blooms in August-October. Fruit achenes, pubescent, 2-3 mm long Papus.
Tolerances - shade and frost.
Requirements - prefers semi-shade, clay soil, rich and lightor gritty.
Propagation - by seed or split bush.
Diseases and pests - Solidago box to host plant is Microrhopala xerene, Prescott lobata.
Properties and Uses - Can be used as an ornamental species in parks and gardens, or cut flowers.
Curiosity - "Solidago" comes from the Latin solidarity for medicinal properties of species belonging to the genre.
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.
Semi-evergreen or evergreen species that cover the ground well. Leaves linear alternee or rosettes on stems, 1.5-2 cm long and 2 mm wide, Sesia, subulate. Cimoasa blossom or panic terminal flower formed of 3.9. Corola formed of 5 petals emarginate at top, obovata, 1 cm long, 5 mm wide, glabra, 1.3 cm long tube. 5 stamens, in the corolla tube of different heights.
Galanthus elwesii - bulbous species, native to Asia Minor, was discovered in western Turkey, in 1874, by HJ Elwes.
Centaurea uniflora subsp. nervosa
Centaurea uniflora subsp. nervosa - originally from Northern Apennines, the Alps, south-eastern Carpathians and the Balkans. Hemicriptofita species, grows on dry meadows and rocky, limestone, from 1100 up to 2600 m altitude.
Aeonium arboreum - tree aeonium
Sunshrub native from Maroc, stem branching, leaves borne at the ends of the branches in rather flat rosettes.
Soldanella alpina - grows in coniferous forests and grasslands, from 1000 up to 2500 m altitude, moist substrates, rocks, rich in humus.
Campanula spicata - Alpine endemic species which grows on calcareous rocks, cultivated as ornamental species for rock garden.
Banksia ericifolia, originally from Australia, Blue Mountains. In 1992, Banksia ericifolia was chosen as the official emblem of Sydney.