8 Flowers That Start With W

Weigela Coraeensis

The Weigela Coraeensis, a perennial herbaceous plant from the Primulaceae family, can grow up to 5 meters tall. It features thick, hairless or nearly hairless twigs; opposite leaves that are broadly elliptical to ovate, with finely blunt serrations; and inflorescences that emerge at the axils or tips of the lateral branches.

The flowers have linear bracts, bell-shaped to funnel-shaped corollas, and transition from a pale pink or yellowish-white color to a deeper red or purple hue. The fruit takes the form of a cylindrical capsule, with a flowering period from May to June, and a fruiting period from September to October.

Native to the eastern regions of China, the Weigela Coraeensis thrives in sunlight, can tolerate a bit of shade, and is relatively cold-resistant. It prefers rich, moist soil and is usually found growing in open, damp areas at altitudes ranging from 2000 to 3000 meters. The plant reproduces through sowing and cutting.

In terms of its medicinal properties, the Weigela Coraeensis has a bitter taste and is considered cooling, and is used for clearing heat and detoxifying. It is beneficial for lung heat cough, dysentery, bloody stools, trachoma, and conjunctivitis.

With its color-changing, beautiful flowers, it is suitable for planting en masse or alone in gardens, parks, and scenic spots, or alongside roads, walls, or in corners for viewing. It can also be pruned into a decorative hedge.

Weigela Florida

The Weigela Florida, a deciduous shrub from the Caprifoliaceae family, showcases a grey bark, short pointed buds, often smooth, with rectangular, oval, or ovate leaves. The leaves taper at the top, serrated at the edges, and densely populated with hair on the veins, bearing short stalks or no stalks.

Flowers grow singly or form corymbs on the side shoots or at the top of the branches. The calyx is long and cylindrical, the corolla is purple-red or rose-red, the anthers are yellow, and the pistil is slender. The fruit is topped with a short stalk-like beak, sparsely covered with soft hair.

The flowering period is from April to June and the fruiting period is in October. In the transition between spring and summer, clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers densely line the long branches, almost obscuring the leaves, resembling a cluster of floral ribbons, hence the name Weigela.

The Weigela is native to China, but also distributed in Russia, North Korea, and Japan. This plant enjoys light, tolerates shade, cold, thin soil, and dislikes waterlogging. It thrives best in deep, moist soil rich in humus. Propagation methods include seeding, cutting, and layering.

Winter Pot Kalanchoe

The Winter Pot Kalanchoe, also known as the Longevity Flower, is a perennial succulent from the Crassulaceae family. Its height ranges from 10 to 30 cm, featuring an upright stem. The leaves are oppositely arranged, oval-shaped, and have bluntly toothed edges.

It produces an umbellate inflorescence with small flowers ranging from orange-red to bright red. The fruit is a follicle containing numerous seeds. Its blooming period is from December to the end of April.

With densely packed lush green leaves and blooms that cluster around Christmas time, this vibrant plant is a popular choice for indoor potted plants. This flower was introduced to Europe from South Africa by a German named R. Blossfeld. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that it became widely cultivated and admired in Europe.

In the Netherlands, a major global exporter of flowers, the Winter Pot Kalanchoe was ranked third in the production value of potted flowers in 1995.

In Denmark, the potted Winter Pot Kalanchoe has become the pride of Danish potted flowers, ranking first in both production volume and value. This highlights the important status of the Longevity Flower among potted plants and its role as one of the fastest-growing potted flowers in the international flower market.


Wisteria Brevidentata

The Wisteria Brevidentata, a species in the pea family, is a deciduous vine. Its twigs are covered with flat-lying soft hairs, while its two-year-old branches are greyish-yellow, bare, and its older branches are grey. Its winter buds are about 6 millimeters long, covered with silky hairs. The pinnate compound leaves, 13-17 centimeters long, unfold during the blooming period.

The leaf petiole, which is about 3-4 centimeters long, is covered with flat-lying soft hairs. The raceme, a flower cluster with the separate flowers attached by short equal stalks, is 10-18 centimeters long. The flowers bloom from bottom to top in sequence, each one about 1.5 centimeters long. The fruit has not been observed.

The Wisteria Brevidentata is native to Fujian and Yunnan in China. It isn’t particularly demanding of its soil conditions, but it thrives best in moist, fertile soil with good drainage.

Wisteria Floribunda

The Wisteria Floribunda, also known as the Short-Stemmed Wisteria, is a plant species from the Wisteria genus within the pea family. This deciduous vine has twigs covered in flat, elongated soft hairs. Its biennial branches are grayish-yellow and bare, while the older branches are gray. Its winter buds are about 6 millimeters long and are externally covered in silk-like hairs. Its pinnate compound leaves, which unfold during the flowering period, are 13-17 centimeters long.

The leaf stalks, covered in flat, soft hairs, account for 3-4 centimeters of this length. The racemose inflorescence is 10-18 centimeters long, with flowers blooming in sequence from bottom to top, each about 1.5 centimeters in length. Fruits have not been observed.

This species can be found in Fujian and Yunnan, China. It’s not particularly demanding of soil conditions, but it thrives best in moist, fertile soil with good drainage.


Wisteria Floribunda “Violacea Plena”

The Wisteria Floribunda “Violacea Plena”, known as the double black dragon purple wisteria, is a type of deciduous climbing vine. Its bark is a deep gray color and does not split. In the spring, it produces incredibly beautiful blooms, with flower clusters measuring 50-80cm long.

These flowers are a deep purple color and are strikingly beautiful. They also emit a pleasing fragrance. The purple wisteria draped over the trees is a sight to behold in the spring sunlight. It’s a floral spectacle that captivates all who witness it.


Wisteria Sinensis

The Wisteria Sinensis, also known as the Double Black Dragon, is a species of deciduous, climbing, and twining large vine plants. It has deep grey bark that does not split. In the spring, its blossoms are strikingly beautiful, with flower spikes ranging from 50 to 80cm in length. The flowers are deep purple, vibrant, and fragrant.

The Wisteria belongs to the leguminous Wisteria genus of deciduous vine plants. Its stems twist to the left; the leaflets are papery, ovate elliptic or ovate lanceolate, with prickly stipules. The flower stalks are thin, the corolla is purple, and there are two columnar dormant bodies at the base; the ovary is densely covered with lint; the seeds are brown, flat round, and glossy. It blooms from April to May and bears fruit from May to August.

The Wisteria is both a tropical and temperate plant, it has strong adaptability to climate and soil. It is cold-resistant, can tolerate wet and poor soils, thrives in sunlight, and can also tolerate shade, but it is most suitable for cultivation in sunny, wind-sheltered places. The Wisteria grows quickly, has a long lifespan, and a strong ability to twine, which can strangle other plants.

White Wisteria Sinensis

The White Wisteria Sinensis is a deciduous, large, woody vine plant belonging to the Wisteria genus of the pea family. Its bark is a light grayish-brown color, and the small branches are light brown. It has odd-pinnate compound leaves that are ovate-lanceolate or ovate in shape.

The leaves are sharply pointed at the tip and broad-cuneate or round at the base. They are entirely margined and densely covered in white soft hairs when young, which gradually drop off. The flowers are organized in drooping racemes and are fragrant and white in color. The fruit is a flat, elongated pod. The flowering period is from April to June, and the fruiting period is from September to October.

Native to China, the White Wisteria Sinensis is commonly cultivated in gardens everywhere. It prefers a warm, moist environment with ample light. It is cold-resistant, somewhat shade-tolerant, drought-resistant, and can grow in any soil type.

However, it thrives best in deep, well-drained soil. The typical methods of propagation include sowing seeds in the spring, cutting in the summer, layering in the autumn, and grafting in the winter.

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