Plants have families too. Just like people, plants are grouped into families with common characteristics. The plant family to which a particular plant belongs is determined by its genus and species.
Hardiness Zones and Plant Families
Each family grows in a different hardiness zone. The hardiness zone is the area where a plant can grow. The plant’s ability to withstand cold temperatures is determined by this hardiness zone.
The United States is divided into 11 different hardiness zones, with each zone representing a 10-degree Fahrenheit difference in the average minimum temperature. For example, Zone 5 has an average minimum temperature of -20 degrees Fahrenheit, while Zone 6 has an average minimum temperature of -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are two different ways to map hardiness zones: the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the Sunset Climate Zone Map. The USDA map is the most widely used, but the Sunset map is more specific to the West Coast of the United States.
Most Common Plant Families that You Can Grow
There are many different plant families, but some of the more common ones include the following:
The Rose Family: This family includes roses, apples, pears, plums, cherries, and almonds.
The Orchid Family: This family includes over 25,000 species of flowers, including the well-known orchids.
The Lily Family: This family includes lilies, tulips, and garlic.
The Daisy or Sunflower Family: This family includes daisies, sunflowers, and chrysanthemums.
The Grass Family – This family is one of the largest plant families and includes grasses, rice, wheat, and bamboo.
There are more families of plants out there in the wild but we’ve only listed a few of the more common ones.
Plants are also grouped into more general categories based on their growth habits. These categories include trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and grasses. Each of these groups contains plants with different characteristics, but they share some common traits.
Trees are woody plants with a single main trunk and grow to a considerable height. Examples of trees include oak trees, maple trees, and palm trees.
Shrubs are woody plants that have several stems arising from the ground and are usually shorter than trees. Examples of shrubs include azaleas, rhododendrons, and boxwoods.
Vines are plants that climb or trail along the ground or other surfaces. They typically have long, slender stems and can be either woody or herbaceous. Examples of vines include ivy, grapevines, and morning glories.
Herbs are plants with soft, green stems that die back to the ground each year. They are typically used for culinary or medicinal purposes. Examples of herbs include basil, rosemary, and thyme.
We can talk more about different plants but this time will be focusing on one specific family which is Cannabaceae.
Its name “Cannabaceae” comes from the Latin word for hemp, Cannabis.
Cannabaceae is a family of flowering plants that includes a well-known genus, Cannabis. This member of this family is commonly known as hemp or marijuana plant. The Cannabis genus includes two main species, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis indica, which are further divided into subspecies and cultivars.
Cannabis plants are used for fibers, seeds, oils, and flowers. They have been used for thousands of years in Asia and the Middle East for their fibers, seeds, and oils. In the past, hemp was an important crop in the United States. Today, cannabis is grown for practical, medical, and recreational purposes.
The Differences Between Cannabacaea and Other Plant Families
Their flowers have both male and female reproductive organs in the same flower. This family also includes hemp, which is used to make rope, clothing, and paper.
Cannabaceae are found all over the world, but they are most common in tropical and subtropical regions. There are over 170 different species in this family, including many that are popular ornamentals, such as jade plants (Crassula ovata) and hibiscus (Hibiscus spp.).
Some of the more unusual members of this family include Raffia palms (Raphia spp.), which have the longest leaves of any plant in the world, and Boehmeria nivea, a species of nettle that is often used as a fiber for making rope.
The Cannabaceae family also includes some important food crops, such as cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica). These vegetables are members of the Brassica genus, which also includes mustard (Brassica nigra) and turnips (Brassica rapa).
The Cannabaceae family includes a number of other well-known plants, such as Cannabis sativa (marijuana) and Humulus lupulus (hops). Both of these plants are used extensively in the manufacture of drugs and alcohol. In addition, a number of other Cannabaceae plants are used in traditional medicine, such as Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) and Passiflora incarnata (passionflower).
What differentiates the Cannabis Sativa from other plants the most is the presence of trichomes on their leaves. These are tiny, glandular hairs that secrete a resinous substance rich in THC and other psychoactive compounds.
This sticky resin is what gives cannabis its characteristic aroma and taste.
Cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning that it produces male and female flowers on separate plants. The female flowers produce buds that contain the high levels of THC that are associated with marijuana use. Male Cannabis plants are sometimes used to produce hemp fiber, which is used in a variety of products including paper, clothing, and rope.
The Name Cannabaceae comes from the Latin word for hemp, the genus Cannabis.
The Cannabaceae family is believed to have originated in Asia, and the first records of hemp cultivation date back to China around 6,000 BCE. The plant was used for a variety of purposes, including as a food source, as a medicine, and for making rope and other fabrics.
From China, hemp spread to India and then to the Middle East and Europe. It is believed that the Romans were the first to use hemp for making paper. Hemp cultivation continued in Europe until the early 20th century when it was largely replaced by other crops.
In North America, hemp was introduced by European settlers in the 1600s. The crop was grown for a variety of purposes, including as a source of fiber for rope and clothing. Hemp was also used to make paper and sails for ships. By the early 1800s, hemp was being grown in many states, including Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio.
In 1937, the U.S. government passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which placed regulations on the cultivation and sale of hemp. As a result of the Act, hemp production declined sharply in the United States. In 2018, the U.S. Congress passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which removed hemp from the list of controlled substances and legalized its cultivation once again.
Today, hemp is grown in many countries around the world for a variety of purposes, including as a source of food, medicine, and fiber. In some countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, hemp is also used to make paper and other products.
The Cannabaceae plant family is a large and diverse one, with many different members that have been used for a variety of purposes.