Plants that start with V

Plants that start with V

The most well-known plants and fungi, listed by their common names.
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Scientific name: valeriana officinalis
Valerian is a hardy plant with pink or white flowers. The roots of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes, usually by making them into a tea. Valerian has a sedative effect and helps you to sleep. You may also be interested in red valerian, an unrelated plant with a similar name.
Scientific name: dionaea muscipula
The venus fly trap is a small plant that grows in wet areas like marshes and bogs. Venus fly traps have special leaves that they use to catch insects that crawl through them. When an insect tickles the hairs inside these leaves, they close around the insect so it can't escape and the plant digests the insect inside the closed leaves.
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A vine is any plant that grows up things instead of being able to hold itself up. Vines will climb up trees and buildings. Ivy is a very common type of vine. People often build trellises for their vines to grow up.
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Scientific name: viola odorata, and other violas.
A violet is a small plant that usually has purple flowers. Violets are found in most parts of the world and are a popular garden plant. Violets have heart shaped leaves.