More than 1,000 different species of impatiens make up all but one species in the family Balsaminaceae (the other is the monotypic, or single-species genus, Hydrocera triflora). Out of this wide-ranging genus comes Impatiens
Torenia fournieri [tor-EN-ee-uh for-NEER-eye] is an attractive annual plant hailing from Asia. It comes from the family Linderniaceae. The common name for Torenia plants is the “wishbone flower” because the
Castilleja coccinea [kas-tee-LEE-uh] [kok-SIN-ee-uh], is a flowering annual plant found in moist prairies and meadows. It’s native to North America, growing from Maine to Minnesota and Florida to Louisiana. Castilleja
Portulaca plants or moss rose, or common purslane, are succulent groundcovers and Portulacaceae family members. Portulaca grandiflora earned its specific species name (Grandiflora) because of its large flowers. Portulaca is
Nigella damascena [ny-JELL-luh] [dam-ASK-ee-nuh] is an annual flower in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. It’s native to Europe, southwest Asia, and northern Africa. The plant often grows in damp areas and
Gilia capitata [GEE-lee-uh, kap-ih-TAY-tuh] is an annual wildflower producing pretty, blue puffball like flowers and member of the Phlox family. It is native to North America, growing naturally in many
From the mustard family, Brassicaceae comes the Dames Rocket better known as Hesperis matronalis [HES-per-iss, mah-tro-NAH-lis] a herbaceous biennial flowering species. The flower’s scientific name comes from a Greek-derived genus
Sutera cordata [SOO-ter-uh kor-DAY-tuh] known as the Bacopa plant [buh-KOH-puh] is an attractive, creeping annual plant hailing from the rainier regions of South Africa and belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae.
Cassia didymobotrya [KASS-ee-uh, did-ee-mo-BOT-ree-uh] known as Senna Didymobotrya is a perennial flowering plant species from the family Fabaceae, commonly known as the legume, bean, or pea family. The plant is
The painted tongue plant – Salpiglossis Sinuata, [sal-pee-GLOSS-iss sin-yoo-AY-tuh], produces large flowers with interesting patterns along the veins. It’s a flowering plant native to Chile where it’s a perennial, but most
The pocketbook plant (Calceolaria), with its gorgeous flower display, makes it a favorite in households across the country. It’s a hardy annual plant with thick, pouch-like flowers native to Central and South America. Due
The snapdragon plants – Antirrhinum majus [an-TEE-ry-num MAY-jus] are old-fashioned plants native to the Mediterranean. Snapdragons add a great deal of color, charm, and fragrance to a sunny flower garden throughout the
The periwinkle plant (Vinca flower) – Catharanthus roseus or lochnera rosea, also known as rosy periwinkles, is a lovely small plant that grows outside very well but finds itself at home in a summer window.
China Aster – Callistephus chinensis [kal-LISS-teff-us chi-NEN-siss] is a member of the Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) family. The plants’ genus name refers to two Greek words: “kalli”, which means beautiful and “stephos”,
Centaurea cyanus (aka Bachelor Button, Bluebottle or Cornflower) is a hardy, carefree annual flower. The drought-tolerant naturalized wildflower comes in several attractive shades of pink, red, purple and blue. Once
The Mexican Sunflower, Bolivian sunflower, tree marigold, or the Tithonia plant are considered annual flowers, native to both Central America and Mexico, where varieties of the ponytail plant and spineless