Commonly called Mealycup Sage, Salvia is a genus in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is one of three genera commonly referred to as Sage. Salvia is native to Mexico and was once thought to ward off evil serpents.
Dianthus is originally native to Europe and Asia and was brought to America during the 17th Century. The name Dianthus is derived from the Greek words “dios” (meaning god) and “anthos” (meaning flower). There are roughly 300 species of Dianthus.
Native to Mexico, Aztecs believed that the marigold has protective properties and was used to treat burns that resulted from lightning strikes. Dyes extracted from the Marigold flowers are used in the textile and food industry.
The Nigella is related to the buttercup and symbolizes harmony and love. It was brought to America during the 17th Century, but originally from Eastern Europe & Western Asia.
Commonly called the Corn Cockle, this plant originates from Europe and West Asia and was brought to America during the 20th Century. It has become rarer in Britain as agricultural measures eradicate the plant.
(Viola x williamsii)
Commonly known as Violet and originating from Western Europe, the fruit of the Violet is called, a capsule. The nut-like seeds are spread around from the mother plant when the capsule breaks open. There are about 500-600 species of viola, and they were first brought to America during the 18th Century.
The Celosia is a symbol of boldness and originates from East Africa. The name Celosia comes from the Greek word for “burning” due to the flame-like flower heads. I*t was first brought to America during the 18th Century.
The country of origin is commonly debated between Spain and Italy and was first brought to America during the 17th Century. The snapdragon got its name from the mouthlike shape and movement of its flower. Snapdragon flowers can actually be edible, which is why some restaurants and bars use them as a garnish for certain plates and drinks.
The Aztecs originally called them “plants that are hard on the eyes” because of their colorful flowers. Speaking of the Aztecs this flower is native to Mexico! Zinnia was the flower of the state of Indiana in the United States from 1931 – 1957 and was brought to America during the 16th Century.
Native to southeast Asia and Australia, coleus plants appeared in American gardens in the 1800s and were popular during the Victorian era when it was brought to the Americas. Named after the Dutch writer Karl Ludwig Blume and the Greek “koleos,” meaning “sheath,” Coleus was first brought to America during the 17th Century.
(Begonia x semperflorens)
The Begonia has a succulent stem, designed for storing water which is used during the dry periods of the year. They were also used for polishing swords in the past. Originated from Brazil.
Native to South America, and first brought to the states during the 19th Century Schizanthus are closely related to tomatoes. Commonly referred to as Poor Man’s Orchid.