|Phlox pilosa ( Polemoniaceae) and Aquilegia canadensis (Ranunculaceae)|
|Baptisia australis Bean/pea familywith standards, wings and keel|
|Lily, Phlox, Buttercup, Waterleaf and Mustard family represented|
|Upper leaves are the standard, middle the wings and the bottom is the keel|
|Trillium grandiflorum is a member of the Lily Family|
Take a look at two Buttercup family members that are endemic to my garden. All Buttercup family members have colorful sepals instead of petals.
|Enemion biternatum/False rue-anemone has 5 petal like sepals|
False rue-anemone has the usual five colored sepals instead of petals. Usual is used because not all members have just 5 sepals. (Sepals are usually part of the calyx).
Rue-anemone/Thalictrum thalictroides has five to ten showy white to pinkish sepals and can be easily confused with False rue-anemone. That's when knowing a plant's leaf shape really helps! (A photograph of all of the plant is helpful for comparisons in your plant books or an Online source.)
|Western Daisy/Astranthium integrifolium is a native annual in the Asteraceae family|
If you want to learn more about plant families start with a good wildflower book and head out into your own garden. You probably already know many and I am more than sure that you will be able to identify many more in a short period of time.
|Monarda bradburiana of the Lamiaceae family|
I am pretty sure that you have most of these families represented in your garden! Some of our best flowers are represented in these 8 families!
Ranunculaceae~5 colored sepals instead of petals, lobed leaves. I always think run when I see ranunculaceae in a name and they do often run wild in a garden! Columbine and the anemones are shown. Almost all are poisonous.
Fabaceae~Once you get to know this plant family with it's pea like flower, compound, or trifoliate or watermarked leaves and seed pod, you'll be able to spot the medic, clovers, lupines and vetches everywhere!
Polemoniaceae~The phlox family with five flat-petaled flowers with simple undivided flowers. (phlox and Jacobs Ladder)
Asteraceae~Probably the most prevalent family in my garden with ray or disk flowers that shout 'daisy'.
Lily family~Lilies, iris and other relatives (alliums, Iris native and exotic, Blue-eyed grass, etc) including the Genus Trillium with its stalked or stalkless three petaled flowers.
Brassicaceae~Fabulous plant family with 4 sepals, 4 petals and 6 stamens~Count 'em! Together the four petals form a cross which is the source of their other name Cruciferae. Unfortunately, some of these plants are noxious weeds like Garlic Mustard/Alliari petiolata. If you see it in your garden~get rid of it.
Lamiaceae~Leaves are simple and opposite, with a square stem (usually) and 2 lipped corollas. Bees adore these plants.
Hydrophylloideae-The waterleaf family is duking out with whether or not it should be placed in the Borage family. I shall let the taxonomists figure this one out! Suffice it to say these plants are sweet and much appreciated in my garden. I love the description of this plant family from Thomas Elpel~"The flowers of this family often have a "dainty" appearance because the stamens frequently dangle so far out of the little blossoms. The flowers are typically small and often clustered together. The flower stalks often curl over, much like a scorpion tail." (source)
|Phacelia bipinnatifida also known as Scorpionweed|