Name that Plant, installment 2

Conveniently-named genera edition

Today's additions to the running list are flowers for which the common name and the scientific name of the genus happen to be the same. Sure makes things easy!

1. Eschscholzia californica (California poppy)
2. Agapanthus (Lily-of-the-Nile)
3. Meticago sativa (Alfalfa)

4. Fuschia: Fuschia.
Includes about 100 different species, many hybrids. Ours looks like the hybrid cultivar "Golden Eden Lady," with pink sepals and purple petals. My book classifies it as a "shrub," but ours looks more like a small tree to me. I guess the difference between a shrub and a small tree is in the eye of the beholder. There's one small flower left on our plant; mostly it's just leaves now.

5. Cosmos: Cosmos.
Ours are probably the species Cosmos bipinnatus, the most commonly cultivated variety. We have a mass of white, pink, and pink/purple flowers intermixed. Until today I thought the flower was called "cosmo" and that "cosmos" was the plural.


Anne (in Reno) said...

The difference between a shrub ad a small tree can also be in how it is pruned - there might be something in your book about that, but hacking it back might make it shrubbier and more inclined to bloom, if that's something you're interested in.

Love the plant ID hunt!

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