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Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers U-Z

In this final post in the series, I will round out the Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers with the letters U-Z. By the end of this list, I will have described over 270 different genus and species of perennial flowers. The research for these flowers has taken scientists and botanists all over the world, to many exotic and unlikely locations where some of the species are found. From the Arctic Circle to the Tropic, and south to the southernmost tip of South America and South Africa, perennial flowers survive and flourish, and are essential to the ecosystem. In fact, without perennial flowers and the pollinators who help spread them, the survival of many species on Earth, including Humanity, would be impossible.Skip to section: UVWXYZ Perennial Flowers: UUrn Plant - A member of the bromeliad family, the Urn Plant is a Brazillian native which is cultivated as an ornamental houseplant. Its long, dark green foliage is topped by a crown of serrated rosette leaves, between which beautiful…

Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers Q-T

The Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers continues here with those which begin with the letters Q-T. As with the previous entries on this list, I will briefly describe the most commonly-available species of perennial flowering vines, shrubs, trees, and groundcover. In subsequent posts, I will attempt to further analyze some of these species in great detail, as they warrant further investigation. For this list, however, I am picking and choosing select species - there would be 20,000 different types of perennial daisies on this list if I tried to include every perennial flower! Nevertheless, the list is an evolving work in progress, where more species will be added as I discover them. Skip to section: QRST Perennial Flowers: Q Quaker Ladies - Quaker ladies are stalked plants which grow tiny, solitary half-inch flowers at the tip of each stalk. The flowers have four light blue petals, with a characteristic yellow color at their center. Quaker Ladies are delicate, dainty wildflowers…

Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers M-P

This is the fourth installment in the Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers. In this article, flowers which begin with the letters M through P will be listed and briefly described. As with the previous articles in this series, some flowers on this list actually broadly describe an entire genus, comprised of thousands of different species and cultivars. To keep this list brief, we won't go into that level of depth.Skip to section: MNOP Perennial Flowers: MMalva - Better known as Mallow in North America, the Malva flower is a five-petaled pink or white flower which grows at the tips of an herbaceous perennial plant. The particular hue of this flower inspired the name of the color 'Mauve.' The mallow plant is cultivated as an ornamental, though in North America, it is sometimes considered to be an invasive species. It is both edible and medicinal and is used to treat certain skin conditions in herbal medicine.Marigold - Generally speaking, Marigolds are members of the Calend…

Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers I-L

This is the third installment in the alphabetical list of perennial flowers. This list is comprised of perennial flowers whose names begin with the letters I through L. There are many thousands of perennial flower cultivars, so this post will only list the most common species, and often an entire genus will be described as if it were a single species, for the sake of simplicity and brevity.For a more detailed analysis of a particular type of flower, stay tuned for future articles which will dissect some of these species in depth. If you know of any perennial flowers I didn't mention, leave a comment and I will add it to the list.Skip to section: IJKL Perennial Flowers: IIberis - Iberis is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which makes it a cousin to broccoli and cabbage. Commonly called the "Candytuft" flower, these thrive in rock gardens and areas of partial shade to full sun. This perennial was used in herbal medicine for the treatment of gout and arthritis.Iceland P…

Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers E-H

In this second installment of the Alphabetical List of Perennials, I will continue my study of perennial flowers, this time focusing on the flowers which begin with the letters E-H. This list will give a brief description of each flower. In future articles, select flower species will be individually investigated.Many of the perennial flowers on this list have important uses in industry and society, past and present. It is important to mention that flowers are used for more than just gardens. As you will read below, some of these flowers are even used in Pharmaceuticals and to make Paper.Skip to section: EFGH Perennial Flowers: EEchinacea Angustifolia - Characterized by its many powerfully purple blossoms which grow in clusters to form an inflorescence up to four feet tall, Echinacea Angustifolia, or simply 'Echinacea' is prized by some apothecaries for its value in herbal medicine. Thought to enhance the immune system, Echinacea is often taken as a traditional remedy for the c…

Alphabetical List of Perennial Flowers: Perennial Flowers A-D

Perennial flowers are flowers which can grow back every season, typically after observing a dormant cycle during the Winter months. The flowers will regrow if they are grown in specific conditions that are ideal for the species. Compared to the shorter-lived annual and biennial species, which live for one or two years, respectively, perennial flowers can thrive and continue to regrow for many years. These flowers come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and the wide variety of perennials means there is an option for most gardens, regardless of hardiness zone or sunlight availability.There are many thousands of varieties of perennial plants. Perennial plants and flowers are distinguished from trees in their lack of hardened bark and woody-growth. Deciduous Trees are also technically (and arguably) perennials because they also go dormant during the Autumn and Winter, and regrow their leaves and flowers in the spring.The focus of this list of perennial flowers will be on the flowering pere…