Cymbidium sp.: Chinese cymbidium, Oriental Cymbidium

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Chinese cymbidiums have been in cultivation for centuries throughout the orient, where they have been prized for their graceful leaves, dainty flowers and delicate fragrances. They are often used to landscape koi ponds.

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Plants with variegated foliage or peloric flowers are highly prized, and draw significantly higher prices. They are remarkably easy to grow as they don’t require the cool, sunny conditions needed for standard cymbidiums.

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Lathyrus sp.: Sweet peas

Lathyrus  is a genus of flowering plant species known as sweet peas and vetchlings. Lathyrus is in the legume family, Fabaceae, and contains approximately 160 species. They are native to temperate areas. There are annual and perennial species which may be climbing or bushy.

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Many species are cultivated as garden plants. The genus includes the garden sweet pea [Lathyrus odoratus] and the perennial everlasting pea [Lathyrus latifolius]. Flowers on these cultivated species may be rose, red, maroon, pink, white, yellow, purple or blue, and some are bicolored. They are also grown for their fragrance.

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Other species are grown for food. The tuberous pea is grown as a root vegetable for its starchy edible tuber.

Lathyrus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the Grey Chi [Antitype chi] and the Latticed Heath [Chiasmia clathrata].

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Narcissus tazetta: Chinese Sacred Lily

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Narcissus tazetta [Paperwhite, Bunch-flowered Narcissus, Chinese Sacred Lily, Joss flower] is a perennial ornamental plant that grows from a bulb. Cultivars of Narcissus tazetta include ‘Paperwhite’, ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ and ‘Ziva’, which are popularly used for forcing indoors, as is the form of N. tazetta known as Chinese Sacred Lily.

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Narcissus tazetta is native to southern Europe and cultivated throughout the world, especially Asia, the Levant, and northern Africa. It is grown commercially for its essential oil, mostly in southern France. An interspecies hybrid, with Narcissus poeticus, is also grown for its essential oil.

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Argyranthemum frutescens: Marguerite Daisy

Argyranthemum [marguerite, marguerite daisy, dill daisy] is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus are sometimes also placed in the genus Chrysanthemum.

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The genus is endemic to Macaronesia, occurring only on the Canary Islands, the Savage Islands, and Madeira.

Argyranthemum frutescens is recorded as a food plant of the leaf-mining larva of the moth Bucculatrix chrysanthemella.

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Varieties and cultivars of Argyranthemum [sometimes listed under A. frutescens] are widely sold as garden plants, for summer bedding or containers.

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They produce prolific single- or double-flowered daisy-like flowers in shades of white, pink, yellow and purple.

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Celosia argentea [Celosia pyramidalis or Celosia plumosa]: Plumed cockscomb

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^ Dwarf Flame Celosia

Celosia argentea, commonly known as plumed cockscomb, the silver cock’s comb or flame Celosia, is a herbaceous plant of tropical origin, and is known for its very bright colors.

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Celosia argentea is a tender annual that is often grown in gardens. It blooms in mid-spring to summer. It is propagated by seeds. The seeds are extremely small, up to 43,000 seeds per ounce.

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Chrysanthemum sp.: Spider Chrysanthemum

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Kiku or chrysanthemum is a very common motif on kimono and all related items. In addition to being a very common flower with many variations, it is also the official flower of the Imperial Family of Japan.

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One of the many variations is Rangiku [Kanji: 乱菊; Kana:  らんぎく] or Spider Chrysanthemum

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Literally “rebellious” or “disordered” chrysanthemum, these are portrayed as clusters of long, narrow petals with a distinctive upward curl at the end of the petal.

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Chrysanthemum sp.: Spray Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. There are about 40 valid species.  There are countless horticultural varieties and cultivars.

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Chrysanthemum spray forms is one of many artistically trained forms.  Garden chrysanthemum flowers come in many forms. Some examples include:

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^ Singles – resemble daisies;

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^ Doubles – large outer petals and smaller center petals;

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^ Pompons – dense masses of petals curve in to form a globular shape;

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^ Spiders – long, thin petals;

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^ Spoons – tubular petals flare out into little spoons at the tips;

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^ Anemones – one or more rows of petals surrounding a raised central disc.

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