This post is my first post for the Wildflower Wednesday Challenge by AJ Vosse. Here’s a link to to AJ Vosse’s blog https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/day-24-in-search-of-ethereal-perfection-wildflower-wednesday/
Impatiens glandulifera also known as the Himalayan Balsam is a large annual plant native to the Himalayas. Via human introduction it is now present across much of the Northern Hemisphere and is considered an invasive species in many areas. Uprooting or cutting the plants is an effective means of control. The common names Policeman’s Helmet, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, and Gnome’s Hatstand all originate from the flowers being decidedly hat-shaped. Himalayan Balsam and Kiss-me-on-the-mountain arise from the plant originating in the Himalayan mountains. Ornamental jewelweed refers to its cultivation as an ornamental plant.
Calotropis gigantea, the crown flower, is a species of Calotropis native to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal, and tropical Africa. It is a large shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small “crown” rising from the center which holds the stamens. The aestivation found in calotropis is valvate i.e. sepals or petals in a whorl just touch one another at the margin, without overlapping. The plant has oval, light green leaves and milky stem. The latex of Calotropis giganteacontains cardiac glycosides, fatty acids, and calcium oxalate.
Barleria prionitis is also known as the porcupine flower, is a species of plant in the family Acanthaceae, native to India, Sri Lanka and Eastern Southern and Central Africa. It is used for various medicinal purposes in Ayurvedic medicine. The juice of the leaves is applied to feet to prevent maceration and cracking in the monsoon season. Barleria prionitis is often the host to larvae of the Phalanta phalantha and Junonia lemonias butterflies. Its leaves are known to contain 6-Hydroxyflavone, one of the chemical compounds that is a noncompetitive inhibitor of the protein cytochrome P450 2C9.
Azaleas are flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron, particularly the former sections Tsutsuji (evergreen) and Pentanthera (deciduous). Azaleas bloom in the spring (May and June in the temperate Northern Hemisphere), their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. They are part of the family Ericaceae. Azaleas happen to be the state wildflower of my beloved state Georgia where I live now.
Solidago altissima, the Canada goldenrod or late goldenrod, is a North American species of goldenrod widespread across much of Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico. It is common in much of its range, and fairly tolerant of landscapes which have been disturbed by humans. It has become naturalized in many parts of the world. Goldenrod happens to be the state wildflower of my beloved state South Carolina my birthplace.