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Family: Faboideae / Leguminosae / Papilionaceae
Buddhist rosary bead, Rosary pea vine, Carolina muida, Deadly crab's eye, Lucky bean, Prayer beads, Weather plant, Wild liquorice
Origin: India, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Abrus precatorius has small pretty purple flowers located at the end of the stalks. Fruits are short, inflated pods, splitting open when mature to reveal the round; hard and shiny seeds which are scarlet, but black at the base. Seeds contain abrin, one of the most toxic plant poisons known.
Hollowheart, Wild Tabbaco
Origin: Central and South America
Acnistus arborescens is characterized as a shrubby, rapid growth tree that can attain ten or more feet in height.
Small flowers are followed by little orange tomato-like fruits.
Extracts from this plant have historically been used by natives as an herbal treatment for cancer.
Different Aconitum species (and their varieties) scattered across temperate regions of globe.
These are handsome plants, the tall, erect stem being crowned by racemes of large and eye-catching blue, purple, white, yellow or pink zygomorphic flowers. Aconitum is grown in gardens for its attractive spike like inflorescences and showy flowers.
All Aconitum plants contain poisonous alkaloids that can, in sufficient quantity, be deadly. Man has used Aconitum as a medicine and poison for thousands of years. Outside Europe it was widely used for its medical properties.
Family: Alliaceae / Liliaceae /Amaryllidaceae
Origin: South Africa
The Agapanthus is a genus of between six and ten species of herbaceous, perennial plants. Members of this genus have funnel-shaped flowers, which show diverse bluish colors. They occur in many-flowered cymes on long, erect stems, which can grow up 1 m long. The basal leaves are curved, lanceolate, and are up to 60 cm long.
Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Origin: Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala
As a long-blooming, summer annual, this plant keeps a nice mounded shape throughout its bloom period. It is covered with clusters of small flowers. It comes in blue, pink, and white blooms. It generally grows about a foot high, though some dwarf varieties are available. Mass blue Ageratum is beautiful in beds with yellow marigolds for complementary colors, or with pink begonias to create a soft pastel carpet. Ageratum is very easy to grow in a sunny location.
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