Hamamelis-Witch-hazel

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Waiting for my friend to join me for a walk -it was sunny and warm in last days here-I discovered she has  hamamelis planted in the front garden.It is not often used in our gardens,despite its blossom in winter and early spring, when it is the first to announce spring.I like its Slovene name -nepozebnik, it could be translated like”non-frosting”.The english name is even more interesting: witch hazel, where witch actually isn’t witch (like my friend with witch hazel in her garden 😉 ),but Old English  wice – pliant,  bendable.

Witch-hazel
Hamamelis virginiana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Hamamelis
Gronov. ex L.
Species
Hamamelis japonica
Hamamelis mollis
Hamamelis ovalis
Hamamelis vernalis
Hamamelis virginianafrom:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch-hazel
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