Plant Anomalies


Plant life is full of surprises. That is why we find it so fascinating. This page is dedicated to anomalies in plant appearances. Things you might not expect on a BotanicalJourney. Plants that puzzle you at first, but reveal their identity when you look a bit closer.

For a start, we present some photos of plants that shouldn't be white. Only they are. Try to identify the species yourself, before looking at the right species name (which will appear when you hover over an image with your mouse pointer). When you click on a photo, it will open in a new window in a larger format.

To make it a bit easier for you, we have placed a list of all depicted species at the bottom of this page. You can make a puzzle for yourself: connect the species names to the correct pictures. Have fun!


Plants that are not white:

Galega officinalisEchium vulgareGymnadenia odoratissimaKnautia arvensisCampanula patulaCampanula alpinaMyosotis scorpioidesLupinus angustifoliusCampanula persicifoliaMalva moschataCalluna vulgarisGeranium dissectumHelleborus orientalisAgastache rugosaDigitalis purpureaLobelua siphiliticaEupatorium cannabinumLamprocapnos spectabilisCentaurea jaceaLamium x holsaticumSilene dioicaGeranium sylvaticumLathyrus setifoliusCorydalis cavaPolygala vulgarisGaleopsis tetrahitSalvia viridisCampanula tracheliumSymphytum officinaleCirsium palustreMyosotis sylvestrisCampanula rapunculusAjuga reptansStachus palustrisOriganum vulgarePapaver rhoeasSilene flos-cuculiEscholtzia californicaChaenomeles spec.Lupinus polyphyllusParentucellia latifoliaOnonis spinosaSilene coronariaCirsium arvenseSalvia pratensisVicia sativaSolanum dulcamaraAgrostemma githagoVerbascum nigrumAntirrhinum majusIberis umbellataCymbalaria muralisCallistephus chinensisGeranium molleEpilobium hirtumCentaurium erythraeaMedicago sativaLamium purpureumBuddleja davidiiCorydalis solidaMyosotis laxaCyclamen hederifoliumGeranium robertianumPhlox paniculataPrunella vulgarisJasione montanaDianthus deltoidesTrifoium pratenseCarduus crispusGeranium pyrenaicumAquilegia vulgarisAnchusa humilisSaponaria officinalis Anacamptis morioCommelina spec.Serapias orientalis Oenothera suaveolensCentranthus ruber
Misopates orontiumDactylorhiza maculataRanunculus sardous Viola odorataGeranium sanguineumOrchis militaris Vicia tetraspermaTrifolium arvense Vinca minorCampanula rotundifoliaTeucrium chamaedrys Odontites vernus


List of the species depicted above (in alphabetical order):

  • Agastache spec.
  • Agrostemma githago
  • Ajuga reptans
  • Anacamptis morio
  • Anchusa humilis
  • Antirrhinum majus
  • Aquilegia vulgaris
  • Buddleja davidii
  • Callistephus chinensis
  • Calluna vulgaris
  • Campanula alpina
  • Campanula patula
  • Campanula persicifolia
  • Campanula rapunculus
  • Campanula rotundifolia
  • Campanula trachelium
  • Carduus crispus
  • Centaurea jacea
  • Centaurium erythraea
  • Centhrantus ruber
  • Chaenomeles spec.
  • Cirsium arvense
  • Cirsium palustre
  • Commelina spec.
  • Corydalis cava
  • Corydalis solida
  • Cyclamen hederifolium
  • Cymbalaria muralis
  • Dactylorhiza maculata
  • Dianthus deltoides
  • Digitalis purpurea
  • Echium vulgare
  • Epilobium hirtum
  • Escholtzia californica
  • Eupatorium cannabinum
  • Galega officinalis
  • Galeopsis tetrahit
  • Geranium dissectum
  • Geranium molle
  • Geranium pyrenaicum
  • Geranium robertianum
  • Geranium sanguineum
  • Geranium sylvaticum
  • Gymnadenia odoratissima
  • Helleborus orientalis
  • Iberis umbellata
  • Jasione montana
  • Knautia arvensis
  • Lamium purpureum
  • Lamium x holsaticum
  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis
  • Lathyrus setifolius
  • Lobelia siphilitica
  • Lupinus angustifolia
  • Lupinus polyphyllus
  • Malva moschata
  • Medicago sativa
  • Misopates oriontium
  • Myosotis laxa
  • Myosotis scorpioides
  • Myosotis sylvestris
  • Odontites vernus
  • Oenothera suaveolens
  • Ononis spinosa
  • Orchis militaris
  • Origanum vulgare
  • Papaver rhoeas
  • Parentucellia latifolia
  • Phlox paniculata
  • Polygala vulgaris
  • Prunella vulgaris
  • Ranunculus sardous
  • Salvia pratensis
  • Salvia viridis
  • Saponaria officinalis
  • Serapias orientalis
  • Silene coronaria
  • Silene dioica
  • Silene flos-cuculi
  • Solanum dulcamara
  • Stachys palustris
  • Symphytum officinale
  • Teucrium chamaedrys
  • Trifolium arvense
  • Trifolium pratense
  • Verbascum nigrum
  • Vicia sativa
  • Vicia tetrasperma
  • Vinca minor
  • Viola odorata