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.



Flora, a term used for plant life, or for a book describing the plant life, of a particular region or geological period.

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  • Colchicum

    Colchicum, one of a group of crocuslike plants of the lily family. The most popular of the 30 species is called autumn crocus, or meadow saffron. See more »

  • Compass Plant
    Compass Plant

    Compass Plant, a large prairie plant of the midwestern United States. It is so named because the lower leaves tend to point approximately north and south. See more »

  • Composite Family
    Composite Family

    Composite Family, or Compositae, the largest family of flowering plants. It contains about 12,000 species, found all over the world. See more »

  • Cork

    Cork, the protective outer covering of the stems and roots of woody plants. Cork also refers to the outer bark of the cork oak, an evergreen that is grown commercially. See more »

  • Cotton

    Cotton, a plant that yields the most important of all natural textile fibers. There are thousands of uses for cotton. See more »

  • Crocus

    Crocus, a genus of plants belonging to the iris family. The flowers look as if they grow directly from the ground. See more »

  • Cyclamen

    Cyclamen, or Sowbread, a decorative plant native to the Caucasus and the Mediterranean region. See more »

  • Daffodil

    Daffodil, an herbaceous garden plant. A typical daffodil bears large yellow flowers in spring. See more »

  • Dahlia

    Dahlia, a genus of flowering herbs popular as garden flowers. The dahlia is related to the coreopsis and beggar's tick. See more »

  • Daisy

    Daisy, the common name of several flowers of the composite family. The word daisy is a contraction of day's eye, referring to the flower's sunlike appearance. See more »

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