We continue our journey through the alpahbet of flowers with the letter L. Our favourites like lavender and lillies are included plus many more. How many can you guess?
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Lady Finger Cactus
The Lady Finger Cactus, or Opuntia ficus-indica, is a type of cactus that originates from Mexico. It gets its name from its long, thin stems that resemble fingers. The plant can grow up to 20 feet tall and has oval-shaped pads with spines on them. The flowers are usually yellow or white and bloom in the springtime.
If you’re looking for a unique flower to add to your garden, the Lady Finger Cactus is a great option! Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also easy to care for. Just make sure to give it plenty of sunlight and water it regularly. With a little bit of TLC, your Lady Finger Cactus will thrive.
Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla xanthochlora) is a perennial herb in the rose family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and it has been introduced to North America. The plant grows to about 20-30 cm tall and has deeply lobed leaves. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow, and borne in clusters. Lady’s mantle is used as an ornamental plant and in herbalism.
The genus name Alchemilla comes from the Arabic word alkemelych, meaning “alchemy”. This refers to the medieval belief that dewdrops on the leaves of Lady’s mantle could be used in alchemy. The specific epithet xanthochlora means “yellow flowers”.
Lady’s mantle is a popular garden plant, and it has been used in herbalism for centuries. The leaves and flowers are astringent and have traditionally been used to treat wounds, diarrhoea, and other gastrointestinal problems. Lady’s mantle is also thought to be helpful in regulating menstruation and easing menopausal symptoms. When taken internally, Lady’s mantle can act as an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus) and abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion). As such, it should not be used by pregnant women without medical supervision. Lady’s mantle is available in dried herb form, capsules, tinctures, and teas.
Lady’s Slipper Orchid
The Lady’s Slipper Orchid is a type of orchid that gets its name from the shape of its flower, which resembles a slipper. This type of orchid is native to Europe and Asia and can be found in woods and meadows. The Lady’s Slipper Orchid grows to be about two feet tall and has dark green leaves. The flowers are usually pink or white and bloom in the summertime.
What makes the Lady’s Slipper Orchid so special is that it is very difficult to grow. In fact, it is illegal to pick this flower in some parts of the world because it is so rare. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these beautiful flowers, make sure to take a picture!
Lance-leaved coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is a flower that blooms in the summer. It is native to North America and grows in areas with full sun. The plant has long, thin leaves and yellow flowers. Lance-leaved coreopsis is a popular choice for gardens because it is easy to care for and attracts bees and butterflies.
Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Mediterranean Basin. The genus includes both herbaceous plants and shrubs growing to 0.25–30 m (0.82–98 ft) tall. Their common names are shrub verbenas or lantanas. The leaves are opposite, simple, ovate to oblong-shaped with serrate margins; some varieties show variegation with yellow, orange, red or purple colors near the leaf margins or on the central area of the leaf blade. The flowers typically appear in terminal clusters and are yellow, orange, pink or red.
The larkspur is a beautiful flower that gets its name from its resemblance to the bird known as the lark. These flowers can be found in a variety of colors, including white, blue, and purple. They typically bloom in the springtime and make for a great addition to any garden. Larkspurs are also known for being one of the few flowers that bees can see. So if you’re looking to attract some pollinators to your garden, this is definitely the plant for you!
Lavatera (also known as the Tree Mallow) is a genus of flowering plants in the Malvaceae family. The genus includes about 25 species of annual and perennial herbs, shrubs, and small trees native to warm temperate and subtropical regions of the world. The Flowers are showy, with five petals that are usually pink or white. The Lavatera is a popular garden plant and is often used in bouquets. Some species are considered invasive weeds. The Lavatera is named after Swiss naturalist Johann Rudolph Lavater.
Lavender (Lavandula) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and can be found in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean. The most common lavender species are English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), French lavender (Lavandula stoechas), Spanish lavender (Lavandula latifolia), and Italian lavender (Lavandula intermedia). Lavender is also used as an ornamental plant in gardens.
The name “lavender” comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which means “to wash”. This is likely because ancient Romans used lavender to scent their baths. Lavender has a long history of use in herbal medicine and aromatherapy. It is thought to have calming and soothing properties, and it is often used as a natural remedy for anxiety and stress.
Lavender is a versatile flower that can be used in many different ways. Fresh or dried lavender blossoms can be added to salads, soups, and baked goods. Lavender oil can be used in diffusers or applied topically to the skin. You can even make your own lavender-infused products at home, such as lavender soap or candles. Whatever way you choose to use it, lavender is sure to add a touch of beauty and relaxation to your day!
Lavandin is a hybrid plant that is a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. It grows to be about three feet tall and has long, thin leaves. The flowers are purple and bloom in the summertime. Lavandin is often used in soaps, perfumes, and potpourris because of its strong scent. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region.
Lemon Balm is a perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Europe (from the Mediterranean to Ukraine), North Africa and West Asia. It grows to a maximum height of 70–150 cm (28–59 in). The leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. Lemon balm is not frost-tolerant and dies in winter.
Lemon thyme is a perennial herb with fragrant, lemon-scented foliage. It’s a popular choice for gardens and as a ground cover plant. The tiny flowers are white or pale pink and bloom in summer. Lemon thyme is easy to grow and care for, making it a good choice for beginner gardeners.
This hardy herb can be used in cooking, as a decoration, or for its therapeutic properties. Lemon thyme essential oil is said to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can also be used to relieve anxiety and stress.
The Leopard Plant is a beautiful flower that gets its name from its spotted leaves. This plant is native to tropical climates and can be found in the Amazon rainforest. The Leopard Plant has large, bright flowers that make it a popular choice for gardens. This plant is easy to care for and can tolerate most conditions.
Leucadendron is a genus of about 80-100 species of flowering plants native to Africa and the Americas, with most species in southern Africa. The genus name is derived from the Greek words leukos, meaning “white”, and dendron, meaning “tree”. Common names include conebush, quaobush and wild firebush. The Leucadendron genus belongs to the protea family (Proteaceae). These are woody shrubs or small trees growing to 0.75–15 m tall.
The Licorice Plant is a flowering plant that blooms in the spring. The plant is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to North America. The Licorice Plant is a member of the Legume family, which includes plants such as beans and peas. The plant gets its name from the licorice root, which is used to make candy and medicine. The Licorice Plant is a perennial, meaning it will bloom every year.
The flowers of the Licorice Plant are small and white, and they grow in clusters. The plant grows best in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. The Licorice Plant prefers well-drained soil, but can adapt to other types of soil. The plant is drought-tolerant and does not need to be watered often. The Licorice Plant can reach a height of up to four feet.
Licorice root is a flowering plant that is native to southern Europe and Asia. The plant has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Licorice root is an effective herbal remedy for a number of ailments, including stomach ulcers, respiratory problems, and skin conditions. It is also a popular flavoring agent in food and beverages. The scientific name for licorice root is Glycyrrhiza glabra.
The active compound in licorice root is glycyrrhizin, which has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Licorice root can be taken orally in the form of capsules, tablets, or tinctures. It can also be applied topically to the skin.
Lilac is a type of flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the olive family and has been cultivated for centuries. The lilac flower is highly fragrant and comes in a variety of colors, including white, pink, purple, and blue. Lilacs are often used in bouquets and floral arrangements.
The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris. The plant grows to be about 15 feet tall and has large clusters of flowers that bloom in the springtime. Lilacs prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are relatively easy to care for and require little maintenance once they are established.
Lily is a flowering plant that comes in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some common Lily varieties include the Easter Lily, Asiatic Lily, and Trumpet Lily. Lilies are very popular flowers and are often used in bouquets and floral arrangements.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), sometimes written lily-of-the-valley, is a highly poisonous woodland flowering plant with small white bell-shaped flowers borne in clusters in spring. It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. A herbaceous perennial, it forms extensive colonies by means of runners and can take over gardens if left unchecked. Lily of the valley has been known since at least 1548 when it was described by Jacopo Cardano as Convallis or Valle lilii (“valley lily”). It is possibly the “lilly convallis” of Gerard’s Herbal (1597). Convallaria majalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by means of runners and can take over gardens if left unchecked. The sweetly scented, pendent white flowers, borne in clusters of 30–50 blooms, appear in spring. They have six petals, fused at the base to form an urn-shaped tube. Each flower has a yellowish-green spotty stamen with purple anthers. the flowering period is from late April to early May in the northern temperate zone.
Linaria is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial flowering plants in the family Plantaginaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and Africa. They are known commonly as toadflaxes or snapdragons. Linaria plants have simple opposite leaves and two-lipped flowers which may be borne singly or in racemose inflorescences. The flowers are typically yellow, orange, blue, or white; some species have bicoloured flowers. The calyx has five lobes and the corolla is tubular with two lips.
Lindheimers Beeblossom (Lavatera cretica) is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae. The Lindheimer’s Beeblossom is a perennial herb with a woody base and a sprawling habit, growing to 0.75 m (30 in) tall and wide. The leaves are ovate-lanceolate to oblong, with serrated margins, and measure up to 20 cm (12 in) long by 12 cm (15 in) wide. The flowers are borne singly or in pairs on branching stems, each flower measuring up to 15 cm (16 in) across. The petals are pink or rose-colored with darker markings at the base, and the stamens are pink or pale purple. The Lindheimer’s Beeblossom is native to Greece, Turkey, and the Aegean Islands. It has been introduced to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa.
Lisianthus, also called eustoma or Texas bluebell, is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the family Gentianaceae. They are native to warm temperate and subtropical regions of North and South America, Eurasia, and Australasia. The name Lisianthus comes from the Greek words for “drop” (lisio-) and “flower” (-anthus). Lisianthus flowers are most commonly blue, but can also be white, pink, purple, or red. They have long stems and clustered blooms that make them popular cut flowers.
Little Nipple Cactus
The Little Nipple Cactus (Mammillaria elongate) is a small cactus that is native to Mexico. It gets its name from the shape of its flowers, which resemble nipples. The plant has round, green stems with white spines. The flowers are pink or red and bloom in the springtime. This cactus is a popular houseplant because it is easy to care for and does not require much water. It can be propagated by seeds or cuttings and will thrive in most types of soil.
Lobelia is a genus of flowering plants that includes more than 370 species. The majority of Lobelia species are found in tropical and subtropical regions, but some can be found in temperate zones as well. Many Lobelia species are annuals or perennials, but there are also a few shrubs and climbers in the mix. The flowers of most Lobelia species are blue, but they can also be white, pink, or purple. Some common names for plants in this genus include cardinal flower, edging lobelia, and Indian tobacco.
Lotus flowers are native to Asia and Australia, and they come in a variety of colors including white, pink, and blue. They’re often used in religious ceremonies and as decoration, and they have a strong symbolic meaning in many cultures. Lotus flowers typically grow in muddy water, which is why they’re often seen as a symbol of purity. The lotus flower is also the national flower of India.
Love In A Mist
Love in a mist, or Nigella sativa, is an annual herb in the buttercup family. It’s native to southern Europe and western Asia. The plant grows to about 20-30 cm tall and has finely divided leaves. The flowers are white, blue, or lavender and are borne in clusters. Love in a mist is often used as an ornamental plant.
The name “love in a mist” comes from the Greek words for “flower” (nigella) and “to bind” (sativa). The name refers to the way the flower heads are often wrapped in delicate foliage.
Love in a mist has many traditional uses. In medieval times, it was believed that if you wore the flower, you would be able to see your future spouse. It was also used as a symbol of love and fidelity. In more recent times, it has been used in herbal medicine. The seeds are used to make an oil that is said to have many health benefits.
Love Lies Bleeding
Love Lies Bleeding is an annual that blooms profusely from summer to frost. The deep crimson flowers are borne on long stems that make them excellent for cutting. Plants reach 24 to 36 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. Deadhead regularly to encourage more flowers.
Lunaria, also called moonwort or honesty, is a plant in the cabbage family. The Lunaria genus has only one species: Lunaria annua. This herbaceous annual plant is native to central and southern Europe. It grows up to 50 cm tall and has pink or white flowers that bloom in May and June. The flowers are followed by papery seedpods that are silver on the outside and brown on the inside. These pods can be used in dried flower arrangements. Lunaria is a hardy plant that prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It does not like wet soil, so make sure to plant it in well-drained soil.
Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is a versatile shade-loving perennial that blooms early in spring. The flowers come in shades of pink, purple, and blue, and the leaves are often variegated or spotted.
Lupins are flowering plants in the legume family Fabaceae. The genus Lupinus, which includes over 200 species, is native to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Lupins can be annual or perennial herbs with simple or compound leaves and showy flowers that are typically blue, purple, red, pink, yellow, or white.