Almost everyone knows the Pelargonium, but the Regal Pelargonium is less well-known. This plant is known by its large trumpet shaped flowers, which give it its name grandiflorum, and the velvety, serrated leaves.
Houseplant for the month of February 2015: Primulas are known as fun, colourful winter and spring plants for indoors and outdoors. Primula is also a diminutive of the word Primus and means ‘first’. The plant is therefore perfect to herald the spring.
Houseplant for the month of January 2015: The Yucca comes from the Agaveaceae family, which includes houseplants such as Dracena, Beaucarnea and Cordyline. In the wild it is found in warm and dry areas in North and South America and the Caribbean. The plants often have thick, leathery leaves with a sharp point and white flowers. These leaves grow straight out of the soil or on one or more stems.
Tulips originate from Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. The flower travelled through Turkey to the Netherlands, the country with which the flower is particularly associated with nowadays. The tulip mania of the 16th century (when a tulip bulb was worth as much as a canal-side house in Amsterdam) may have passed, but many people still gain instant pleasure from this flower. This is undoubtedly linked to the spring fever that tulips evoke.
The amaryllis, also known as Hippeastrum, originates from South and Central America and the Caribbean. The name amaryllis comes from the Greek ‘amarussein’, which means ‘sparkling’ or ‘shining’. The flower is a member of the Narcissus family and grows from a bulb.
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