30 January 2012

Name these plants


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2 Feverfew (anacetum parthenium)
A small perennial shrub, feverfew grows to around 80cm tall. It has green, much divided leaves (though a golden-leafed form does exist.) Flowers are small with yellow centres and there is an attractive double-flowered form.
Choose a semi-shaded location that is well-drained. While the plant is a perennial, it is often grown as an annual because it self-seeds so readily. In the Garden we have not found it to do this, but rather propagating it from root and stem has proved successful. Plant seed in autumn or in spring. Cut established plants down in autumn and they will reshoot in spring.
Feverfew is an old medicinal plant, used to treat fevers, arthritis, migraines and menstruation problems. The flowers can be steeped in hot water to make an insecticidal tea that can be safely sprayed on garden plants and vegetables. Like pyrethrum, it can affect good insects such as bees, so use in the evening.

3 Cork oak (Quercus suber)
Can grow 20 meters, and is an evergreen. The thick and knobbly dark grey bark which covers it is the portion known as “cork.” It is a sustainable and renewable timber product. Cork oak has been produced commerically for component of life jackets, fishing nets and insulation equipment as well as its traditional role as corks in bottles. Cork oaks were planted around early district properties and corks dangling from the brims of the hats of jackaroos and swagmen typify the outback Australian.

4 Amaranth
There are around 60 species of amaranthus, including weeds, leaf vegetables, grain crops and ornamentals. Many have large, colourful leaves and tassel-like flower spikes. Jackie French thinks amaranthus is the most spectacularly beautiful and useful plant that you'll ever find in the vegetable garden.
Amaranthus tricolor (syn A. gangeticus, A. oleraceus)
Also known as leaf amaranth, edible amaranth or Chinese spinach. The young leaves have a sweet, tangy flavour, and cooked leaves can be added to salads, soups and stir-frys. (Note: fresh leaves should not be eaten very often, as they are high in nitrates and oxalic acid.) Young shoots are peeled, steamed and then eaten. Ornamental varieties, such as 'Joseph's Coat' and 'Flaming Fountain', are grown as bedding plants.

5. Asian mustard green

6. Asthma plant (chamaesyce hirta)

7. Avocado

8. Wilde Betel leaf - Piper sarmentosum

9 Climbing spinach

10 Wampi Malaysian citrus
Handsome foliage evergreen tree grown for Summer ripe fruit with grape like flesh. Popular in S.E Asian gardens.
Fruit rich in vitamin C that is grown popularly in Asian back yards - originally from Thailand.
FEATURES: Large lobed, bright green foliage which is aromatic when crushed forms a tall slender tree. Sprays of white flowers become loose clusters of brownish fruit. Thin crisp skins split easily and the grape-like greenish flesh can be eaten directly seeds and all.



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