Welcome to the fourth, and final, article in my Flowers in the Garden series. Today we will look at the Apiaceae family, which is also known as the carrot family. I’m also giving you a bonus of various other flowers in my edible garden!
The Apiaceae family includes carrots, parsnips, celery, parsley, cilantro, and dill. Their small flowers are often clustered and are either yellow or white.
Celery has very tiny white flowers clustered in a flower head – not unlike dill, as you’ll see later.
Dill also has tiny flowers in a cluster, but the flowers are yellow.
Parsley also has tiny yellow flowers, but they aren’t clustered in a flat flower head like celery and dill. The parsley flower cluster appears to be more vertical than horizontal.
Cilantro flowers are white and similar to parsley flowers in shape. The flowers are definitely clustered, but the flower heads are not as large as those on dill and celery.
I never paid attention to the similarities of the flowers in the carrot family until I started working on this article. Using my Yankee terminology, it’s wicked cool!
The allium family includes onions, garlic, and chives.
Although I don’t have various pictures for you to compare, I did want to share a beautiful picture of an onion flower. It’s strikingly similar to ornamental alliums that are planted in flower gardens.
These pictures of flowers are not related; the plants are all in different families. However, I couldn’t finish a series on flowers without adding these pretty specimens.
MORE FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN ARTICLES:
- Flowers in the Garden ~ Nightshades
- Flowers in the Garden ~ Cucurbits
- Flowers in the Garden ~ Legumes & Brassicas
I hope my Flowers in the Garden series has inspired you to start noticing the similarities of the flowers in your own garden.