Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Althaea Frutex ~ Syrian Mallow Flower

Althaea Frutex also called Syrian Mallow means persuasian. This flower is in the same family as the hibiscus which grows in tropical climates, like lovely Hawaii, and the flower is used to make a tasty tea.

Friday, February 19, 2010

IF Propagate

Propagate - these milkweed seed heads did this months ago sending their silky white seeds through the air. Now they stand with the seed pods dried in the position they opened.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aloe Flower Meaning

Aloe is also known as Lily of the Desert, Plant of Immortality, Medicine Plant among others. It means grief and/or religious superstition. I didn't find any reason for this as I was reading about it. Sometimes the meanings have a reason from long ago, but this plant is very useful and has always been known for its positive qualities. It is native to Africa has been used by many for different things. Egyptians used it for treating burns, infections and parasites. Both Cleopatra and Egyptian Queen Nefertiti used it to protect their skin from the Egyptian sun. Also is also thought to have the powers of luck and protection. It is believed having an aloe plant in the home can guard against evil influences and prevent household accidents. It also can bring good luck, might have to get one myself...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Flowering Almond Flower Meaning

The flowering almond means hope. A very pretty flowering shrub or tree with white or pink flowers. It belongs to the Rosacea family. I think I would like one of these in my yard. I do have flowering plum trees, but the flowering almond looks like it gets lots more blooms that are bigger and very fluffy with small petals.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Allspice Floriography

Allspice means compassion. It is also called "Jamaica pepper", myrtle pepper or newspice. From Wikipedia ~ The name Allspice was coined as early as 1621 by the English who thought it combined the flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It is not a mixture of spices, but a dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. When dry the fruit resembles large brown peppercorns. Tasty stuff.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Agrimony Flower Meaning

Agrimony means thankfulness, gratitude. It belongs to the Rosaceae family and has medicinal value. It has been used for several ailments but a common use is for a mild cough and sore throat. It can be made into a tea to help relieve this. Also speakers and singers have been known to gargle with agrimony before performances. Other names for this plant are Church Steeples, Cockeburr, Sticklewort. No fun historical or mythological stories that I could find with this one. Has very pretty yellow flower clusters on tall spikes.