Cornus florida is the state tree of Virginia and state flower of North Carolina

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood, White Dogwood Tree) It is the state tree of Virginia and state flower of North Carolina. Flowering Dogwood has lovely flowers in spring, attractive foliage  in summer and fall as well as colourful fruits in fall. Native Americans used it as a treatment for malaria.

Tigridia pavonia is very popular as an ornamental plant among lovers of interesting flowers

Tigridia pavonia (Mexican Shell flower, Tiger Flower, Jockey’s Cap Lily, Peacock Flower, Tiger Iris/Flower) It is very popular as an ornamental plant among lovers of interesting flowers. Its large flared-flowers are vividly coloured and come in two-tone combinations pairing white, pink, red, orchid yellow or orange with contrasting spots.

Seeds of Papaver somniferum are processed by the pharmaceutical industry into drugs such as codeine and morphine

Papaver somniferum (Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy, Common Poppy, Fringed Poppy) Opium Poppy or Breadseed Poppy produces unique and gorgeous flowers that come in a wide variety of colours. Its seeds can be dry roasted and ground to be used for treating asthma, stomach illnesses and bad eyesight. The seeds are processed by the pharmaceutical industry into drugs […]

Astrantia major produces unique flowers that come in a wide variety of colours

Astrantia major (Greater Masterwort, Great Black Masterwort, Melancholy Gentlemen) Greater Masterwort or Melancholy Gentlemen produces unique and gorgeous flowers that come in a wide variety of colours. Its group of tightly packed florets that are backed by petal-like bracts makes the flowers look very much like a star or a firework.

Nelumbo nucifera provides edible fruits, leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds

Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily, Egyptian Bean, Lotus, Teratai in Malay) Indian Lotus or Egyptian Bean provides edible fruits, young leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds. It is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Nelumbo nucifera is the national flower of India and Vietnam.