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Lamium - Dead nettles
 

Lamium is a genus of around  50 species in the Lamiaceae family, native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Many are ground covering and shade tolerant, and make good ground covers in shady spots in the garden. 

 
Lathyrus
 

Lathyrus is a genus of around 160 species in the family, Fabaceae, native to Europe, Asia, E-Africa and America. The genus includes both species grown for food and garden plants.

Leucanthemum
 

Leucanthemum is a genus in the aster family, Asteraceae, with the greatest distribution in Central- and S-Europe. 

 

Leuzea
 

Leuzea is a small genus in the aster family, Asteraceae, very similar to corn flowers. The accepted name of the genus is now Rhaponticum.

 

Lewisia

Lewisia, is a small genus of 19 species in the family Montiaceae. They are alpine plants, all native to mountains in NW-America.

 

Ligularia - Leopard plants
 

Ligularia is a genus of over 120 species in the aster family, Asteraceae. Most species are native to Central- and E-Asia, but a few are native to Europe. They are generally very large plants with clumps of large leaves and long spikes of yellow flowers. Many grow on stream banks and on shores of lakes and prefer moist, fertile soil.

 

Lilium - Lilies
 

Lilium is a large genus in the lily family, Liliaceae, native to temperate regions, the majority in Asia and N-America and a few in Europe. They are usually tall plants with large, colourful flowers in all colours apart from blue. A great number of garden cultivars are grown in gardens.

 

Linaria - Toadflax
 

Linaria is a genus of around 150 species in the family Plantaginaceae. It's distribution is temperate regions in Europe, Asia and N-Africa, the majority centered around the Mediterranean.

 

Linum - Flax
 

Linum, is a genus of 200 species in the flax family, Linaceae. Common flax belongs to this genus, which is the source of linen and linseed oil. It is widely cultivated, but not found growing wild. Flax species need full sun. 

 

Lithophragma - Woodland stars
 

Lithophragma is a small genus of 8 species in the Saxifragaceae family. They are woodland plants, all native to the western part of N-America. 

 

Lotus
 

Lotus is a genus of over 100 species in the legume family, Fabaceae, with a wide distribution around the world, from shores to mountains. Most species have yellow flowers, but there are some that bear orange or red flowers. They are nitrogen fixing as many other species of the legume family.

 

Lunaria 

Lunaria is a small genus of 4 species in the family Brassicaceae. They flower reddish purple or white flowers and the large, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods are valued in flower arrangements.  

 

Lupinus - Lupines

Lupinus is a genus in the legume family, Fabaceae.  It is a large genus of around 300 species native to N- and S-America. Smaller distribution areas are found around the Mediterranean. They are nitrogen fixing and some can grow in poor, dry soil. 

 

Lychnis - Catchfly
 

Lychnis is a small genus in the Caryophyllaceae family, native to Eurasia and N-Africa. It is closely related to the genus Silene,  one of the differentiating characteristics being that species in the Lychnis genus have sticky flower stalks. The flowers are fairly large and often in bright shades of red or pink.

 

Lysimachia - Loosestrife
 

Lysimachia is a genus of around 100 species in the primrose family, Primulaceae, native to Eurasia. Most species native to Europe have yellow flowers, while species native to Asia often have white flowers. They prefer fairly moist soil. 

 

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