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Capsicum pubescens - Rocoto

Capsicum pubescens - Rocoto

Synonyms: Brachistus lanceifolius, Capsicum annuum var. violaceum, Capsicum lanceifolium, Capsicum violaceum Capsicum pubescens is a species of the genus Capsicum (pepper), known as rukutu, ruqutu (Quechua, hispanicized rocoto) and luqutu (Aymara, hispanicized locoto) and in Mexico known as the Manzano …

Echinacea, Rudbeckia and summer grasses

Echinacea purpurea Magnus - purple coneflower (PPH)

‘Heat’ is a powerful sensory stimulus – look at how it is used in advertising everything from perfumes to cars. Heat equates to danger, excitement, sexual attraction. Plants can very much evoke a sense of heat too, with vivid colours setting the pulse racing. Rudbeckia and Echinacea are two prairie …

Drosera adelae - Lance-Leafed Sundew

Drosera adelae - Lance-Leafed Sundew

Drosera adelae (Lace-Leaf Australian Sundew Origin: Australia The tiny paddle-like hairy leaves are covered with drops of sticky goo, which trap insects that are attracted to the plant. In summer the sundews are topped with thin spikes holding small pink flowers. Sundews are winter hardy in most of the …

Panax ginseng - Asian ginseng

Panax ginseng - Asian ginseng

Korean Ginseng is part of the Araliaceae family and is also known as Panax, Asian, or Chinese ginseng. It is the original ginseng, and is the one revered most by the Chinese. It is very rare in the wild, and most sold today is cultivated commercially. Peeled roots are steamed before drying, and produce …

Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra Palm

Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra Palm

The King Palm is one of the most beautiful and stately palms. Its smooth, green trunk is tall, slender, and predominantly ringed. Its intricate dark green foliage is 8-10 feet in length. The King Palm is hardy to 28 degrees. A fast-growing palm, it reaches a height of 20-50 feet with little maintenance. …

Michelia champaca - Yellow Jade Orchid Tree

Michelia champaca - Yellow Jade Orchid Tree

Also known as Huang Yu Lan. It is the oil of this michelia that is the essence of JOY, the worlds most expensive perfume. It can grow from a trunk of 16 inch into a giant tree over 30 feet. On the tip of every branch, flowers blossom all year round with yellow-orange petals, diffusing delicate fragrance …

Ficus benjamina 'Starlight' - Weeping Fig

Ficus benjamina 'Starlight' - Weeping Fig

The Starlight Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina Starlight is a new variegated form of durable green Weeping Fig. Just like its green counterpart, Starlight prefers very bright indirect light. Keep evenly moist, but not wet or dry. Trim as needed. Left alone the Starlight Weeping Fig can reach 6 feet tall. …

Cycas revoluta - Japanese Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta - Japanese Sago Palm

This unique plant resembles a palm tree but is actually a cycad. These living fossils, members of the Cycadaceae family, dominated the landscape during the Mesozoic era over 150 million years ago. Today about 10 genera of cycads still survive. The most commonly grown is the Japanese sago, also called …

Dictospermum album var rubrum - Hurricane Palm

Dictospermum album var rubrum - Hurricane Palm

Native to the Mascarene islands. Long arching fronds with broad leaflets to 3 having a blackish grey trunk to 30. Known for flowering at early age and for its bulging base and large crownshaft. Beautiful in the tropical landscape. Hardy in zones 10-11. …

Capsicum chinense 'Hot Paper Lantern' - Hot Pepper

Capsicum chinense 'Hot Paper Lantern' - Hot Pepper

Earlier and much more productive in the North than regular habaneros. Magnificent, elongated and wrinkled, lantern-shaped fruits are 3-4 long. Bigger than our regular habaneros, they pack the same mouth-blistering heat. Tall plants put on a colorful display through the summer as the fruits change from …

Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' - Air Plant

Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' - Air Plant

Lava rock from the Big Island of Hawaii is hand selected to provide a home for your Pink Quill Tillandsia plant. These exotic plants thrive on their rock homes and make excellent house, dormitory or office plants! …

Cynara scolymus - Globe Artichoke

Cynara scolymus - Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichokes were cultivated by the Greeks and Romans who obtained them from North Africa. They have been grown in England since at least the 1500s and were considered an aristocratic vegetable. King Henry VIII (1491-1547; he who had 6 wives but could produce only 3 children) was particularly fond …

Echium pininana - Tower of Jewels

Echium pininana - Tower of Jewels, Pride of Tenerife, Tajinaste, Taginaste

Towering, majestic flower spikes head heavenward on this entrancing gem. Grows over 12 feet tall! Masses of blue-mauve florets are draped around the monstrous stem, along with bursts of striking silver, lanced leaves. Hardy in zones 8-10. …

Alocasia odora - Giant Upright Elephant Ear

Alocasia odora - Giant Upright Elephant Ear

ELEPHANT EARS ~ ENORMOUS FOLIAGE! Striking foliage with large, deep green upright leaves provides for a dramatic effect in a container or the garden. Grow in moist soil. …

Jubaea chilensis - Chilean Wine Palm

Jubaea chilensis - Chilean Wine Palm

Jubaea chilensis; Family: Palmae/Arecaceae (palm family); Common Names: Chilean wine palm, coquito palm, honey palm. This Incredible Hulk of the palm world, Jubaea chilensis, dominates the landscape with his thick muscular trunk. The straight gray trunks can grow to over 3 ft (0.9 m) in diameter and …

Ricinus communis 'Zanzibarensis' - Castor Bean

Ricinus communis 'Zanzibarensis' - Castor Bean

THE CASTOR BEAN is a shrub-like plant with large, long-stemmed leaves that are lobed like fingers. Its spiny, clustered seed pods contain white, bean-like seeds (Botanically speaking, it isnt a true bean, but a Spurge), which typically bear attractive markings in various colours. The plant is native …

Nicotiana tabaccum 'Variegata' - Variegated Tobacco

Nicotiana tabaccum 'Variegata' - Variegated Tobacco

Tall 7 foot tobacco plant with large leaves and pink blooms and striking variegated foliage. Large 30-cm leaves, 5-cm flowers. Same botanical species as the cultivated tobacco and can be smoked. Leaves contain nicotine and can also be used to make an organic insecticide. Full sun. …

Pritchardia pacifica - Fiji Fan Palm

Pritchardia pacifica - Fiji Fan Palm

A striking fan palm to 30 with straight smooth trunk with some fiber patterning at the x. Its numerous palmate leaves are 4 wide, 5 long and undivided with many pleats. Fast grower. Fragrant brownish flowers. Tropical. One of the most attractive Pritchardias, grown widely in tropical countries and sought …

Desmodium gyrans - Telegraph Plant

Desmodium gyrans - Telegraph Plant

Darwin called the plant Hedysarum; modern botanists call it either Desmodium gyrans or, more correctly these days, Codariocalyx motorius; its common name is Dancing Grass or Telegraph plant or Semaphore plant -- after the leaf movements, which resemble semaphore signals. …

Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese Yellow Banana

Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese Yellow Banana

Musella lasiocarpa is an exciting banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to frosty 2800m / 9200ft!) in the Yunnan province in China. The maximum height of the plant is only about 1.5m / 5ft, half of which is a very stout, conical trunk, topped by a crown of handsome, slightly glaucous, broad …

Eucalyptus gunnii - Cider Gum

Eucalyptus gunnii - Cider Gum

Eucalyptus is an enormous and fascinating genus. It comprises over 700 species, and accounts for more than two-thirds of Australias vegetation. It is unfortunate that they are frequently regarded as not being reliably hardy outside of the subtropics, because it discourages people from planting them in …

Nicotiana glauca - Tree Tobacco

Nicotiana glauca - Tree Tobacco

Large tobacco species growing up to the size of a small tree. Bluish foliage with rubber texture. Small tubular yellow flowers, about 4 cm long. Huge plant, 3 to 4 m high. Needless to say, this plant needs a very big container. Toxic foliage containing an alkaloid similar to nicotine. Hardy to -5 Celsius. …

Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Black Mystic' - Earth Star, Starfish Plant

Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Black Mystic' - Earth Star, Starfish Plant

The Black Mystic Earths Star (Cryptanthus) is an easy to grow house plant forming rosettes of leaves. The leaves are succulent, with wavy margins and teeth; they are strongly banded in silver and black. The white flowers appear nested in the center in this plant. Cryptanthus tolerate a temperature range …

Bismarkia nobilis - Bismark Fan Palm

Bismarkia nobilis - Bismark Fan Palm

The Bismarck Fan Palm is another beautiful and desirable fan palm suitable for sub-tropical climates; although it can be grown as far north as Sarasota, Florida (freeze damage will occur, but the palm quickly recovers). Bismark Palms are native to Madagascar. Tolerates dought and frost. Is adaptable …

Eucalyptus 'Baby Blue'

Eucalyptus 'Baby Blue'

Eucalyptus is an enormous and fascinating genus. It comprises over 700 species, and accounts for more than two-thirds of Australias vegetation. It is unfortunate that they are frequently regarded as not being reliably hardy outside of the subtropics, because it discourages people from planting them in …

Many uses for groundcovers (1)

Vinca minor

Groundcovers are low-growing plants that form a sod as they develop in a horizontal direction. Some varieties are evergreen and some are even reasonably tolerant of being walked on. An advantage of using groundcovers is that their closely-knit carpet of leaves gives weeds down. …