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Ilex spp There are over 400 species of holly including both evergreen and deciduous species or trees, shrubs and climbing vines. European holly, Ilex aquifolium. Source: Danielle Teychenne, published under CC0 Public Domain Other Names Christ's Thorn, Holy Tree, Hulver, Holme, Holme Chase, bats wings, Aquifolium, Tinne, Black drink plant, evergreen oak, ...
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Phlox spp. General Information The phlox family (Polemoniaceae) contains hundreds of members, with 67 in the genus "phlox", only a few of them are actually referred to as phlox in common garden vernacular. Phlox has five fused petals, five sepals, five stamens and an ovary with three fused carpels and ...
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Persephone is the ancient Greek Goddess of Rebirth and Queen of the Underworld. She spends the unfruitful time of the year in the Underworld with her husband Hades and ascends to return to the side of her mother Demeter, the Earthmother and Goddess of Abundant Harvests to preside over the sprouting of seeds ...
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Populus spp. With several different species native to North America, the poplars are fast-growing trees, often referred to by landscapers as “weed trees” found throughout the temperate regions of North America. The poplar trees are an important group of lumber trees, however its light, flexible, slightly porous wood and quick ...
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A ruby is a red gem formed of crystalline aluminum oxide called corundum with the presence of chromium which causes the red coloring. Rubies are the third hardest mineral, after diamonds and moissanite. The name "ruby" comes from the Latin word ruber, meaning red. Rubies are very closely related to sapphires. Those rubies that do not meet the ...
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A scarab is a species of dung beetle Scarabaeus sacer. This beetle was a sacred symbol to the ancient Egyptians who carved images of it. These images looked like a scarab beetle on the top, but were smooth on the bottom. This surface might be carved with writing commemorating an ...
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