The genome of the Japanese canopy plant contains 50 times more DNA than the human genome and is 15% larger than the previous record holders (the marbled lungfish and a trillium).
Extinct in the wild, Tulipa sprengeri is a late-flowering, bright-red tulip with small flowers and shiny green leaves.
Snow trillium is one of the earliest alpine plants to bloom in spring and often flowers as the snow melts around it.
Chilean blue crocus has brilliant blue flowers, and was thought for many years to be extinct in the wild.
The spring snowflake is a popularly cultivated bulbous plant with delicate white flowers, and belongs to the same family as the snowdrops.
The corms of Sieber's crocus are edible, apparently tasting of hazelnuts, and are eaten raw by mountain shepherds in Greece.
The stunning pale blue flowers of the Turkish Crocus baytopiorum make it one of the most distinctive Crocus species.
A low-growing perennial with beautiful, large, blue flowerheads, perennial cornflower is native to central and southern Europe.
The cotton daisy is one of the more widespread species in the mountainous areas of New Zealand.
The eye-catching sword lily adds beauty to sub-alpine landscapes and lakesides, especially in foggy weather, when only its pink flowers are visible.