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Euphorbia Millii Splendens

Also known as the Christ Thorn or the Crown of Thorns, the Euphorbia Millii Spendens is a slow growing shrub with very spiny branches. The branches are a silvery grey color with brilliant red flowers which come out mainly in the winter. It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems. The straight, slender spines can grow up to 3 cm long. The sap from this plant is also moderately poisonous. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Reunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821

Euphorbia Millii Splendens

Portrait of a Dandelion

The common dandelion comes from French ‘dent-de-lion’, meaning lion’s tooth. The flower comes from the genus Taraxacum which is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Like other members of the Asteraceae family, they have very small flowers collected together into a composite flower head. Each single flower in a head is called a floret. Many Taraxacum species produce seeds asexually by apomixis, where the seeds are produced without pollination, resulting in offspring that are genetically identical to the parent plant. The plant can also be eaten.
The Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, beta carotine, elements potassium, iron and copper. Medicinally, Dandelions are considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelions also help to dissipate gallstones and are believed to improve kidney function, thereby improving overall health. dandelion tea can also be made from these plants.

Dandelion

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It contains several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus, sorrel, and flor de Jamaica, or less widely known as rosemallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees.

White Hibiscus

Cape Edelweiss

The Lanaria lanata or Cape Edelweiss or Kapokblom is its name. I found this name in a very old book, but cannot find any real information on it. It is a perennial herb which grows in tussocks on sandy hills. An upright plant growing to 800 mm, with numerous stiff, narrow leaves at the base arising from a woody rootstock. The flowering stalk ends in a densely woolly, white head with hidden, small, mauve flowers. Honey bees are attracted by the light honey-like scent and nectar, and various monkey beetles are common visitors. Flowering is strongly stimulated by fire.

Cape Edelweiss