Flowering plants, shrubs and trees provide the environment with much needed oxygen and fight soil erosion. They also provide food and shelter for many animals, as well as contribute to the fertility of soil with their dead leaves and flowers.


Ebony, a small family of mostly tropical, hard-wooded trees and shrubs. Ebony is also the common name of several trees in this family, as well as the name of the heartwood obtained from certain species.

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    Why do leaves change color and turn red?

    Autumn rolls out its very own red carpet to make a fashionable arrival. So how do falling leaves change colors to dramatic hues of crimson and scarlet? See more »

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    Why does the stink plant stink?

    The corpse flower looks like a giant phallus and smells like a rotting animal, the perfect addition to any garden. So how can gardeners get their gloved hands on one of these unique specimens? Or can they? See more »

  • Amaranth


    Amaranth, the name of a family, as well as a genus, of plants found throughout the world except in polar regions. See more »

  • Amaryllis


    Amaryllis, the name of a genus, as well as a family, of lilylike plants that are mostly native to tropical regions. See more »

  • Anise


    Anise, an annual herb of the parsley family. Anise is cultivated in Europe, Asia, and South America. See more »

  • Aster


    Aster, a summer- or fall-blooming herbaceous plant. Most species are perennials and belong to the aster genus, which consists of more than 250 species. See more »

  • Black-Eyed Susan

    Black-Eyed Susan

    Black-eyed Susan, the common name of two different plants. The North American black-eyed Susan, or yellow daisy, has golden-yellow petals with dark-colored central disks. See more »

  • Bougainvillea


    Bougainvillea, a tropical vine noted for the beauty of the large, colorful bracts (leaflike organs) that surround its flowers. See more »

  • Buttercup


    Buttercup, or Crowfoot, a plant native mostly to northern temperate areas. Most of the 250 species of buttercups are wildflowers; a few species are planted in gardens or used as houseplants. See more »

  • Cactus


    Cactus, the common name for a family of desert plants. The plural is cacti or cactuses. See more »

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