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Flora Trivia

Yes, that's right, Flora not Floral as these were provided by Timber Press publishers and are based on their September 2003 release, Flora, A Gardener's Encyclopedia.  Check elsewhere on this site for a book review.  Some answers may also be found under the specific plants in Photos and Files in this site.  Don't worry if you don't know all, some are a bit obscure, but you should learn something!  There's some neat and fun stuff here!  Answers follow questions below.

1. Polemonium reptans (abscess root) was used by the Native Americans for what purpose?

2. What species of lily is often held by statues of the Virgin Mary?

3. What color do the flowers in the genus Lilium not come in?

4. Why are the species of the Colchicum genus often known by the common name of naked ladies?

5. Who was the genus Paeonia named for?

6. Helenium is also known as sneezeweed.  Why is this?

7. What special properties did the ancient Greeks believe asters had?

8. How long have irises been in cultivation?

9. Name a couple uses for plants in the Yucca genus.

10. Where did the buttercup genus Anemone come by its name?
 
 

Answers
1.  To treat a variety of ailments from bronchitis to snakebite.

2. Lilium candidum

3. blue (some might argue black too as there are some near black)

4. Their flowers appear in early autumn before their foliage develops.

5. Paeon, physician to the gods in Greek mythology.

6. These plants are often falsely blamed for causing allergies (it's the fall ragweed instead).  Native Americans powdered the flowers of some species and used them to make snuff.  The genus is also used medicinally and an alkaloid extract, helanalin, is part of modern chemotherapy.

7. They believed asters repelled snakes, and were an antidote to their venom.

8. A very long time, since the reign of Egyptian pharaoh Thutmosis I, around 1500 BC.

9. Herbalists and traditional healers make a tea from boiled yucca roots.  Native Americans used parts of the yucca plant for craft tools and as a dye to color fibers.

10. The name most likely derives from the Greek word for wind, anemos.  Others say that it comes from Naamen, a variation on Adonis.  Legend says that it was his blood that gave Anemone coronaria its red flowers.
 


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