Dahlias belong to the family Asteraceae, where the Latin word, aster, means “star”. Examples of other plants in this family are chrysanthemums, daisies, marigolds and sunflowers. Native to Mexico, South America and Colombia, the dahlia is the national flower of Mexico. Dahlias have composite flowers, which means that each flower head is made up of many tiny flowers or florets.
Get a first-hand look at the delightful dahlias at the Dahlia Dreams floral display in the Flower Dome, from 19 January to 4 March 2018.
Prunus is a genus of about 400 species of shrubs and trees from the rose family (Rosaceae). This genus includes many fruit and nut trees such as cherry, peach, plum, almond and apricot. The leaves of Prunus species have serrated (toothed) margins.
The fruits are drupes, with an outer fleshy part that surrounds a “stone”, where the seed is enclosed. While largely cultivated for their fruit, the seeds of some Prunus species are toxic.
Love blossoms? Then you’ll want to visit the Sakura Matsuri floral display in the Flower Dome, from 16 March to 8 April 2018.
INTERESTING PLANTS AT BAY EAST
The Yellow Casuarina (Casuarina equisetifolia ‘Golden Leaf’) cannot be seen anywhere else in Gardens by the Bay except at Bay East Garden. The genus name references the similarity of its needle-like leaves to that of the Cassowary’s feathers. This tree is also commonly known as the Whistling Pine, the Australian Pine, and the Rhu Tree.
The Yellow Casuarina is a drought and flood-resistant species that’s easy to care for once established. Thanks to a special kind of bacteria living inside their root nodules that convert nitrogen in the atmosphere into a plant-friendly form, Casuarinas help to make the surrounding soil more fertile.
Native to Brazil and Bolivia, the Potato Tree (Solanum wrightii) is a small flowering tree or shrub that can grow up to 9 metres tall. Contrary to its common name, the Potato Tree does not produce potatoes, and is instead cultivated more for its ornamental value.
This free-flowering plant’s star-shaped flowers are lightly fragrant and grow in clusters of three, with each bloom measuring anywhere from two to three inches in size. The Potato Tree’s purple flowers fade throughout the day, and are accented by a bright yellow centre. It produces red, fleshy berries, and does well in full sun.