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A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears. There are over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles

Hybrid tea is an informal horticultural classification for a group of garden roses. They were created by cross-breeding two types of roses, initially by hybridising hybrid perpetuals with tea roses. It is the oldest group classified as a modern garden rose

A standard rose (Rosa spp.) or tree rose is created by grafting a long stem onto hardy rootstock then grafting a rose bush on top of the stem. Any type of rose bush can be used but they are especially popular with Old English and David Austin hybrid roses.

Floribunda is a modern group of garden roses that was developed by crossing hybrid teas with polyantha roses, the latter being derived from crosses between Rosa chinensis and Rosa multiflora.

Miniature roses stop growing when they reach about 15 inches in height. Blooming: Miniature roses bloom in the spring and their blooms last for weeks. Planting Miniature Roses Outside

recognized as non-toxic. Roses are among those. It is possible that one's feces might take on a more agreeable odor by consuming rose petals, but that is uncertain.

Rose petals or flower buds are sometimes used to flavour ordinary tea, or combined with other herbs to make herbal teas. In France, there is much use of rose syrup, most commonly made from an extract of rose petals. ... Rose flowers are used as food, also usually as flavouring or to add their scent to food.
The rose hip, usually from R. canina, is used as a minor source of vitamin C. The fruits of many species have significant levels of vitamins and have been used as a food supplement. Many roses have been used in herbal and folk medicines. Rosa chinensis has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine.    Other uses rose hip wine


SALVIA  sage

Salvia is herb and the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with nearly 1000 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals Within the Lamiaceae, Salvia is part of the tribe Mentheae within the subfamily Nepetoideae. It is one of several genera commonly referred to as sage, it includes the widely produced herb used in cooking, Salvia officinalis (common sage, or just "sage").
It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world.
salvia is a ornamental plant annual or perennial
The genus is distributed throughout the Old World and the Americas, with three distinct regions of diversity: Central and South America (approx. 500 species); Central Asia and Mediterranean (250 species); Eastern Asia (90 species).

You see these plants around Arillas you might not see them but smell them

SAGE                                                                         ANNUAL                                                        PERENIAL

Is Sage poisonous to humans?
However, sage is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in high doses or for a long time. Some species of sage, such as common sage (Salvia officinalis), contain a chemical called thujone. Thujone can be poisonous if you get enough. This chemical can cause seizures and damage to the liver and nervous systems.

The leaf is used to make medicine. Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.
Is all Salvia edible?
Edible and useful salvias. Salvias are found in many different countries and often have strongly scented leaves, so it is inevitable that they would be used in many different cultures. ... Other edible and useful sages include: White sage or bee sage




Chamomile common name daisy plants of the family Asteraceae. is a traditional medicinal herb native to western Europe, India, and western Asia. It has become abundant in the United States, where it has escaped cultivation to grow freely in pastures, cornfields, roadsides, and other sunny, well-drained areas. you can see this plant all around Arillas in fields and roadsides classed as a weed.
It is grown not only for decorative purposes, but this type of chamomile is used for its herbal, medicinal qualities. If you wish to grow chamomile as a lawn alternative, you will need the English variety, Chamaemelum nobile. These chamomile lawn plants provide a low growing, creeping habit.

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chamomile has been known to cause uterine contractions that can invoke miscarriage, pregnant and nursing mothers are advised to not consume  Chamomile is not a toxic plant. However, prolonged or excessive consumption of their infusions or essential oils can cause gastrointestinal irritation with vomiting sensation. People who are allergic to ragweed (also in the daisy family) may be allergic to chamomile due to cross-reactivity. Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses

Known since Roman times for its medicinal properties, chamomile has been used as an antispasmodic and sedative in folk treatment of digestive and rheumatic disorders. Chamomile tea has been used to treat parasitic worm infections and as hair color and conditioner. A mouth rinse with chamomile might relieve mouth sores caused by cancer treatments. Some research suggests that chamomile could help with other conditions, like diarrhea in children, hemorrhoids, anxiety, and insomnia. When used on the skin, chamomile might help with skin irritation and wound healing  Chamomile is a hardy annual with feathery leaves and small, white, daisy-like, sweet aromatic flowers. Chamomile is commonly known for its use as a herbal tea, said to reduce stress, soothe the stomach and aid sleep. Both the leaves and flowers are edible. A pretty, easy-to-grow herb to add to any garden Yes, chamomile leaves and flowers are both perfectly safe to eat, with a couple of caveats
Use chamomile with care if you're allergic to ragweed, as chamomile may trigger allergic reactions in some individuals.



All these plants you can see around - The Mediterranean - Arillas - San steff - Afionas - Akrotiri and on the Arillas trail i am doing this to help you to Plant Identification so you can enjoy your walks and the understanding of each Individual plant for their uses
If you got any questions just ask me



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Sorry Kev

Jo Wissett

There were some stunning purple velvet like flowers at the entrance to Ammos sunbed section in pots would love to know what they are called.



Punica granatum

Pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree in the family Lythraceae that grows between 5 and 10 m tall. The fruit is typically in season in the Northern Hemisphere from September to February, and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May Today it is widely cultivated throughout the Middle East and Caucasus region, north and tropical Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, the drier parts of southeast Asia, and parts of the Mediterranean Basin. It is also cultivated in parts of Arizona and California. In the 20th and 21st centuries, it has become more common in the shops and markets of Europe and the

FIRST STAGE                                                                            SECOND STAGE

     THIRD STAGE                                                                       FOURTH STAGE

Most people do not experience side effects. Some people can have allergic reactions to pomegranate fruit. ... Pomegranate is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when the root, stem, or peel are taken by mouth in large amounts. The root, stem, and peel contain poisons.

Pomegranate is an extremely healthy fruit. Many people pop them open, scoop out the seeds and eat them whole. Yet others suck the juice off each seed before spitting the white fibrous middle out. It's the latter group who may be missing out on some of the pomegranate's health benefits
Medicinal Uses Of Punica Granatum And Its Health Benefits. ... Pomegranates as a Treatment for Cancer, Osteoarthritis and Other Diseases. The pomegranate has been used in natural and holistic medicine to treat sore throats, coughs, urinary infections, digestive disorders, skin disorders, arthritis, and to expel tapeworms.
Pomegranate Juice May Help Treat Erectile Dysfunction. Oxidative damage can impair blood flow in all areas of the body, including erectile tissue. Pomegranate juice has been shown to help increase blood flow and erectile response in rabbits
Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices. It also has three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. The antioxidants in pomegranate juice can help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation

Jo Wissett


Hi jo
Yes it is  Celosia Red Cockscomb look them they brill





Celosia is a small genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek word κήλεος, meaning "burning," and refers to the flame-like flower heads.
Celosias are one of the most eye-catching annuals to grow in the garden. Technically speaking, however, they are tender annuals, as they are perennial


unknown poison not

As food
Although celosia is primarily grown as an ornamental plant in the U.S. it is a commonly grown vegetable throughout Africa. The leaves, tender stems and even young flowers are combined with other vegetables in soups and stews. Celosia leaves can be boiled or steamed and eaten as a side dish as well.
Celosia argentea var. argentea or Lagos spinach (a.k.a. quail grass, Soko, Celosia, feather cockscomb) is a broadleaf annual leaf vegetable. It grows widespread across Mexico, where it is known as "Velvet flower", northern South America, tropical Africa, the West Indies, South, East and Southeast Asia where it is grown as a native or naturalized wildflower, and is cultivated as a nutritious leafy green vegetable. It is traditional fare in the countries of Central and West Africa, and is one of the leading leafy green vegetables in Nigeria, where it is known as 'soko yokoto', meaning "make husbands fat and happy".[5] In Spain it is known as "Rooster comb" because of its appearance.
As a grain, Cockscomb is a pseudo-cereal, not a true cereal.
These leaves, young stems and young inflorescences are used for stew, as they soften up readily in cooking. The leaves also have a soft texture and a mild spinach-like taste. They are also pepped up with such things as hot pepper, garlic, fresh lime, and red palm oil and eaten as a side dish.

This impressive botanical is also used to treat uterine bleeding, bloody stool and bleeding hemorrhoids. Indeed, every part of the celosia plant occupies a valued niche in the world of natural healing. The flowers bring diarrhea under control while the leaves are used as dressings for boils and


Fennel Bulbs

Fennel is a flowering plant species in the carrot family.  fennel is associated with a licorice or anise-like taste,    It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks


Fennel is SAFE
Many species in the family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae are superficially similar to fennel, and some, such as poison hemlock, are toxic, so it is unwise, and potentially extremely dangerous, to use any part of any of these plants as an herb or vegetable unless it can be positively identified as being edible.

The white bulb and bright green fronds have a gentle, slightly sweet anise flavor. The stalks of fennel are tough and usually not eaten. In many areas, fennel is available year-round; however, its peak season is October through April. Look for crisp
Fennel can be used from the bulb to the seeds to the leaves to the stalks. Typically, fennel is associated with a licorice or anise-like taste, which is true, but this is really only the fronds (or the leafy part which kind of resembles dill but does not taste like dill

Fennel's dried ripe seeds and oil are used to make medicine. Fennel is used by mouth for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants among othes.




Dill is an annual herb in the celery family Apiaceae. It is the only species in the genus Anethum. Dill is widely grown in Eurasia where its leaves and seeds are used as a herb or spice for flavouring food.
Dill grows up to 40–60 cm (16–24 in), with slender hollow stems and alternate, finely divided, softly delicate leaves
In Greece, dill is known as 'άνηθος' (anithos). In antiquity it was used as an add-in in wines, which they were called "anithites oinos" (wine with anithos-dill). In modern days, dill is used in salads, soups, sauces, and fish and vegetable dishes.

As far as we know, most herbs—your rosemary, thyme, basil and dill—are safe for cats and dogs, but there is one that frequently colors a person's garden that can cause a sometimes severe—and definitely strange— illness. ... As for fruits and vegetables, tomatoes (particularly the leaves) can be toxic to dogs and cats.

Dill also boasts significant amounts of manganese, folate, iron, riboflavin, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants that help remove free radicals from your body. Be sure to choose the brightest green dill as it's the most nutritious
It is often used in cooking and baking, and you can use the fresh leaves, dried leaves (called dill weed), and the dried seeds in foods. Dill is commonly paired with certain foods, such as potatoes and fish, but you can use it in a great number of dishes, including baked goods, soups, sauces, salads, and more.

Other uses for dill include treatment of fever and colds, cough, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, infections, spasms, nerve pain, genital ulcers, menstrual cramps, and sleep disorders. Dill seed is sometimes applied to the mouth and throat for pain and swelling (inflammation).


  ocimum basilicum  Basil No fawlty towers

Basil, also called great basil or Saint-Joseph's-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae. Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant, and is used in cuisines worldwide
There are many varieties of Ocimum basilicum, as well as several related species or hybrids also called basil. The type used commonly as a flavor is typically called sweet basil (or Genovese basil), as opposed to Thai basil (O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora), lemon basil (O. × citriodorum), and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum). While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including holy basil and a cultivar known as "African blue basil".

BASIL AS WE KNOW IT                                                                                  AFRICAN BLUE BASIL                                    PURPLE TULSI   


As far as we know, most herbs—your rosemary, thyme, basil and dill—are safe for cats and dogs, but there is one that frequently colors a person's garden that can cause a sometimes severe—and definitely strange— illness. ... As for fruits and vegetables, tomatoes (particularly the leaves) can be toxic to dogs and cats.

General Cooking– Dried basil can be easily added to practically any dish. Basil is used around the world in many different cuisines with good reason. It adds a depth and flavor that is not rivaled by other herbs. ... They chew fresh leaves to calm coughing or make a calming tea of dried basil to help sooth illness

Basil is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Basil is commonly used orally for stomach problems such as spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and constipation. But there is limited scientific research to support these and other medicinal uses of basil.



Thymus vulgaris  thyme

Thyme is an aromatic perennial evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family, and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum
The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans,

Common thyme (T. vulgaris) Lemon thyme (T. x. citriodorus) Creeping thyme (T. praecox)


Herbs with Woody Stems. Thyme, rosemary, oregano, tarragon, and marjoram are all herbs with fairly small leaves and tough, woody stems — which actually makes stripping off the leaves much easier! ... If the stems are so tender that they snap, they're usually tender enough to eat

Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with dietary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints. These include diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, and sore throat. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris