Sunday, March 11, 2007


Anconitum, Monkshood, Wolfsbane photoAconitum (Monkshood, African Boxwood, Myrsine, Wolfsbane)

Chivalry, beware, a deadly foe is near

Cool-toned, blue-colored hooded flowers borne on erect spikes reaching up to 4 feet tall are the hallmarks of monkshood, formally known as Aconitum napellus. A member of the Ranunculaceae family, monkshood is a cousin of the delphinium, a familiar garden flower. Monkshood is sometimes referred to as wolfsbane.

Availability and Vase Life
April through October.
5-10 days.

Care and Handling
It is extremely toxic, so florists and consumers should wash their hands thoroughly after handling.

Design Uses
A strong line flower that works well in vertical arrangements.

Colors: Blue

Aconitum, Monkshood, African Boxwood, Myrsine, Wolfsbane, Photo, © Hal Horwitz/CORBIS

Aconitum (known as aconite, monkshood, or wolfsbane) is a genus of flowering plant belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). There are over 250 species of Aconitum.

These herbaceous perennials are chiefly natives of the mountainous parts of the northern hemisphere, growing in damp soils on mountain meadows. Their dark green leaves lack stipules. They are palmate or deeply palmately lobed with 5–7 segments. Each segment again is 3-lobed with coarse sharp teeth. The leaves have a spiral or alternate arrangement. The lower leaves have long petioles.

These are handsome plants, the tall, erect stem being crowned by racemes of large and eye-catching blue, purple, white, yellow or pink zygomorphic flowers with numerous stamens. They are distinguishable by having one of the five petaloid sepals (the posterior one), called the galea, in the form of a cylindrical helmet; hence the English name monkshood. There are 2–10 petals, in the form of nectaries. The two upper petals are large. They are placed under the hood of the calyx and are supported on long stalks. They have a hollow spur at their apex, containing the nectar. The other petals are small or lack completely. The 3–5 carpels are partially fused at the base.

The fruit is a follicle.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Achillea YarrowAchillea (Yarrow)

Achillea, commonly known as yarrow, is named for the mythological Greek god Achilles, who is said to have used some of this plant's more than 100 species for medicinal purposes. Today, yarrow's blooms populate garden walks and floral designs alike, while herbalists continue to use the plant for its fever-reducing, skin-cleansing and wound-healing properties.

Availability and Vase Life
February through September.
4-7 days.

Design Uses
An interesting addition to mixed summer arrangements. Yarrow dries easily and is long lasting for use in dried designs.

Colors: Yellow, white, pink, red.

Grasshopper on an Yarrow
Achillea is a genus of about 85 flowering plants, in the family Asteraceae, commonly referred to as yarrow. They occur in Europe and temperate areas of Asia. A few grow in North America. These plants typically have frilly, hairy, aromatic leaves.

These plants show large, flat clusters of small flowers at the top of the stem. These flowers can be white, yellow, orange, pink or red. A number of species are popular garden plants.

The genus was named for the Greek mythological character Achilles. According to the Iliad, Achilles' soldiers used yarrow to treat wounds, hence some of its common names such as allheal and bloodwort.

Achillea species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species - see list of Lepidoptera which feed on Achillea.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Acacia Dealbata

Acacia (Dealbata, Wattle)

Acacia - Mimosa

Concealed love, sensitivity

Availability and Vase Life
December through March
4-5 Days

Design Uses
These small, ball-shaped flowers are fragrant and fluffy, and are effective as a filler in a design. Whole branches worked into large designs lend color and scent to a room. Acacia

Colors: Yellow

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Flower JPEG

Flower JPEG will be a blog into wich i will post some images of flowers and some information about them.

I hope you stay with me