Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Milkweeds (so named for their milky sap) are the best-known representatives of this group of plants. Bloom in summer, typically bearing many small, starlike flowers in broad, flattened clusters at branch tips. All have inflated seedpods with silky seeds. Just a few species are cultivated in gardens.Asclepias curassavica
Zones 8, 9, 12–24; H1, H2; all zones as annual. Native to South America. Woody-based plant with stiff stems and narrow 6-in. leaves; grows to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. Clusters of vivid red flowers.‘Red Butterflies’
Flowers are bright orange-scarlet.
Mediterranean native. Includes curly as well as broad-leafed endive (escarole), both of which form a r...
Turnips are best known for roots, though foliage is also edible (some varieties are grown for leaves o...
Rushlike survivor of the Carboniferous Age in Europe and North America. This is the most common. Slend...