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April 2007
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Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'
Linden viburnum
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Sisyrinchium bellum
Blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae (Iris family)
California and Oregon

Allium sp.
Alliaceae (Onion family)
Potentilla fruticosa
Shrubby cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Europe, N. Asia, N. America

Argemone mexicana
Mexican prickly poppy
Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Mexico, Caribbean
The Papaveraceae, or poppy family, is a mostly herbaceous family with a few shrubs and small trees occurring in temperate and subtropical climates. The family contains about 26 genera and 250 species and takes its name from genus Papaver. Many species produce a milky latex. The leaves are simple, alternate or whorled, and usually lobed, pinnatifid, or much-divided. The flowers are either solitary or in cymes or racemes, and are usually fairly large and showy. There are many stamens arranged in spiral whorls. Most of the species contain alkaloids and many are poisonous. Some poppies are well-loved like the state flower of California (Eschscholzia) and P. rhoeas invoking the memory of Flanders Field, while others such as the opium poppy (P. somniferum) have a different reputation. The two main areas of distribution for this family are western North America and eastern Asia.

Geum urbanum
Wood avens
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Europe, Mediterranean, W. Asia
Silybum marianum
Milk thistle
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Schotia brachypetala
Tree fuchsia
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Southeast Africa
Currently unidentified
Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Pandorea jasminoides
Bower vine
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Eastern Australia
Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulpher-flowered buckwheat
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)
Western U.S to Southern B.C.

Punica granatum 'Nana'
Dwarf pomegranate
Punicaceae (Pomegranate family)
East Mediterranean, Himalayas

Thymus vulgaris 'English'
English thyme
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
West Mediterranean
Anchusa azurea
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
Mediterranean, Europe

Ruta graveolens 'Jackman's Blue'
Jackman's blue rue
Rutaceae (Rue family)
Southeast Europe, Balkans
Fabiana imbricata f. violacea
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Primula sp.
Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Northern hemisphere
Symphytum officinale
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
Europe and Asia

Angelica archangelica
Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Chelidonium majus
Greater celandine
Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Europe, W. Asia

Dianthus 'Rosie Cheeks'
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)
Rosa rugosa 'Iceberg'
Iceberg rose
Rosaceae (Rose family)
NE Europe and Japan

Macadamia ternifolia
Small-fruited macadamia
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Eastern Australia

Mimulus aurantiacus (red form)
Bush monkeyflower
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Western U.S.
Mimulus aurantiacus (yellow form)
Bush monkeyflower
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Western U.S.

Fremontodendron mexicanum
Mexican flannel bush
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Melia azedarach
China berry, Persian lilac
Meliaceae (Mahogany family)
South China, North India


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