9 Plants That Start With D - Urban Agriculture

9 Plants That Start With D

Whether you are an avid gardener with decades of experience behind you or whether you simply enjoy receiving plants or flowers on a special occasion it’s always nice to know your cactuses from your venus fly traps. Throughout this article we hope to provide you with lots of information on some fascinating plants.

The one thing that they all have in common is that their names begin with the letter D. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive and that there are millions of plants in the world, thousands of which have names beginning with the letter D. 

Daffodils

Daffodils are a sure sign that spring has sprung. Most daffodils bloom in either february or march, march being the official start of spring. For this reason daffodils are often associated with better times ahead.

Daffodils grow across most areas of America, the only areas that they struggle in due to the climate are hotter areas such as south florida and wetter more rainy areas. In terms of appearance daffodils are beautiful, they are bright yellow in color and appear very angelic. Daffodils are often bought by the bunch as a gift for people. 

Daisies

 Daisies are another common flower however, most daisies are small in size so they are not often picked and given as gifts rather they are usually found in their natural habitat amongst grass.

Daisies are often associated with a sense of innocence, this is partially because many of us can remember spending our youth picking them and making daisy chains across the warmer months. Furthermore, they are often associated with purity.

This is because according to old legends, God would sprinkle daisies across the planet to cheer up parents who had lost a child. Daisies bloom from late spring and this continues on to fall meaning that they can be admired for months.

It is interesting to note that many people are unaware that daisies are actually weeds. This makes daisies the most common lawn weed of all time. 

Dandelions

Dandelions are at the epicentre of mass debate. Some people consider dandelions to be wildflowers, however, more often they are considered to be weeds. Dandelions are often associated with wishes, this is because children are often taught to make a wish and then a blow on a dandelion for good luck.

Some people also ask a question and then see how many blows it takes for all of the head of the dandelion to come off. For the first blow they will say yes, for the second no, and so on meaning that eventually they end up with either a yes or no answer. 

Devil’s Backbone 

The devil’s backbone plant is strange in both name and nature. It is a form of shrubbery originating from the Caribbean and growing in more tropical climates. It does best in sunlight with partial shade. Interestingly it grows to be around 3ft tall and about one and a half feet wide.

Many people choose to keep the plant as a houseplant although it can also still be found in the wild. As the devil’s backbone is not all too well known there isn’t much associated with it.

However, its tall nature is often associated with growth be it physical or mental. Therefore, it can be used as a symbol of getting stronger and becoming a better version of yourself. 

Dancing Girl Ginger 

Dancing Girl Ginger has a fantastic name and is part of the perennials family. It flourishes best in partial shade or filtered light and needs regular water in order to blossom to its full potential. These plants are delicate and small as well as being members of the ginger family.

Like many other forms of ginger they are native to South Asia. The plant can grow to an astonishing 13 feet tall. They are thick and green and boost the previously discussed small and delicate flower heads.

Interestingly, in the right conditions and with the right fertilisation they are easy to grow but due to their size you need to leave ample space between each one. 

Desert Rose

The desert rose is slightly odd in appearance as it stems from tangled and intertwined thick roots yet the top is a beautiful and elegant plant. This juxtaposition can however make this plant a favourite of some people. It is usually categorised as a shrub or succulent and in order to reach its full potential it needs full or filtered sunlight.

It also needs regular water. It is native to Eastern Africa which has a hot and tropical climate. Interestingly, its swollen and intertwined roots are often said to resemble a giant onion, however the head is usually pink, red or white.

The flower is usually saucer shaped and around 2 inches in size. The surrounding leaves are double the size and usually work out to be around 4 inches each and a greyish sort of green. Today, they are also often found in South Florida and the most Southern parts of Texas where they can reach up to 9 foot tall. 

Douglas Fir

Even those new to gardening may have heard of the Douglas Fir. The Douglas Fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees. When used for this purpose they are often cut down in November and then they gradually die off in late December/early January.

Douglas Fir come in a range of sizes but when they are used for this purpose they are often cut to anywhere between 4ft and 8ft. The tradition surrounding Christmas trees is that you have one cut down and put it in your house before decorating it in lights, tinsel  and decorations.

You then top it with a star and wait for Santa to put presents under it. However, the Douglas Fir is not only a Christmas tree but it does also exist within the wild. The Douglas fir is an evergreen conifer and can live for an astonishing 1000 years, over this time it can grow to be anywhere up to 180.4 foot.

This is far too big for any Christmas tree but can make an amazing habitat for smaller animals to nest in. One of the best kept secrets when it comes to Douglas Fir trees is that when the needles are crushed they let off a lemon scent.

The Douglas Fir Tree can survive in a range of climates including full sun or partial shade. They can also survive on regular or moderate amounts of water and can grow in most types of soil.

Dill

Dills are annuals and are quite fussy when it comes to growing conditions. They require full sun and regular water. The whole plant is large and can grow up to 35 feet tall however it boasts clusters of small yellow flowers each cluster is usually only 6 inches wide.

The small yellow flowers are known for being bright and vibrant. Interestingly, plant seedlings appear from time to time and can be pulled and chopped to use as seasoning. The seeds can be used for both picking and vinegar whereas the leaves (fresh or dried) can be used in cooked dishes, salads and sauces as a garnish.

It is also important that not only humans enjoy feasting on parts of this plant but also the caterpillars of black swallowtail butterflies often feed on the foliage.

Daphne

Daphne is an easily cared for shrub that can be a great addition to any garden. In order to grow it simply needs partial shade and moderate water. This means that the environment will do most of the work for you, you just need to make sure that it has a bit of shade and you may also need to top the water up.

This plant responds well to pruning however, it shouldn’t need much more than the occasional trim. There are many different types of daphne, many of which are different in appearance and grow to different sizes; these include; burkwood daphne, rose daphne, and garland daphne. 

Final Thoughts

The world of plants can be complicated to navigate through especially for beginners. With so many plants looking similar but serving very different purposes and needing a completely different style of care it is important to be able to tell them apart.

However, try not to be too hard on yourself as there are so many types of plant that it is impossible to remember every single one. We hope that having access to our letter by letter guides will help you to be able to remember some plants and also to find the information that you need about specific ones.

This article has looked at nine different plants each whose name begins with the letter D. Hopefully, this will have shown the variation in plants, even those whose names begin with the same letter, as we have covered trees, shrubbery, flowers and more. 

Caroline Roberts
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