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Echinacea, Rudbeckia and summer grasses (9820 readers)
Contributed by pph 01.08. 2011 12:00:47 Topic: Plants / Other

‘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 flowers that love it as the mercury climbs and look just right shimmering in the sun. Add into the mix the calming balance of some flowering grasses and you have a ready-made planting combination that ...

Drosera adelae - Lance-Leafed Sundew (7326 readers)
Contributed by amazon 18.10. 2007 09:21:07 Topic: Plants / Other

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 southeastern US, in cooler regions they can be grown in pots and terrariums as a house plant. Drosera adelae isnt very picky about soil. It grows well in the standard 1:1 peat:sand CP mix. ...

Panax ginseng - Asian ginseng (8028 readers)
Contributed by amazon 15.10. 2007 20:49:16 Topic: Plants / Other

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 Red Ginseng. White Ginseng is produced by sun-drying the roots. Most Korean Ginseng is sold as Red Ginseng. ...

Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra Palm (7718 readers)
Contributed by amazon 13.10. 2007 10:33:48 Topic: Plants / Other

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. Native to northeast Australia where it can grow to 50 feet or more and the leaves grow 8-14 feet in length. Makes an excellent house plant or patio plant in cooler regions. ...

Michelia champaca - Yellow Jade Orchid Tree (12259 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.10. 2007 08:50:01 Topic: Plants / Other

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 in the air. Planting a Michelia tree either indoors as bonsai or in your backyard really makes your home a sweet home. Also you could take the flower, home made natural perfume, into car, office ...

Ficus benjamina 'Starlight' - Weeping Fig (23946 readers)
Contributed by amazon 07.10. 2007 20:11:57 Topic: Plants / Other

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. It makes the perfect house plant. ...

Cycas revoluta - Japanese Sago Palm (11975 readers)
Contributed by amazon 07.10. 2007 19:06:22 Topic: Plants / Other

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 the sago palm (even though it isnt really a palm). ...

Dictospermum album var rubrum - Hurricane Palm (5250 readers)
Contributed by amazon 20.09. 2007 08:00:53 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (14034 readers)
Contributed by amazon 18.09. 2007 11:21:00 Topic: Plants / Other

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 bright lime green through shades of orange to scarlet red as they ripen. ...

Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' - Air Plant (26817 readers)
Contributed by amazon 14.09. 2007 08:46:34 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (10490 readers)
Contributed by amazon 05.09. 2007 08:49:32 Topic: Plants / Other

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 of artichokes, possibly because they were (mistakenly) thought to be an aphrodisiac. ...

Echium pininana - Tower of Jewels (7665 readers)
Contributed by amazon 31.08. 2007 09:59:04 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (10174 readers)
Contributed by amazon 31.08. 2007 09:54:09 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (6121 readers)
Contributed by amazon 14.08. 2007 08:11:19 Topic: Plants / Other

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 soar to heights of 80 ft (24.4 m). In older specimens, the trunk typically constricts near the top to form the brutes shoulders upon which rest a proportionally small head that is composed of densely ...

Ricinus communis 'Zanzibarensis' - Castor Bean (13116 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.08. 2007 07:52:20 Topic: Plants / Other

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 to tropical Africa, but it is grown commercially in California and has become naturalized throughout the southern United States. In northern areas, it is often cultivated, in the warmer months, as an ...

Nicotiana tabaccum 'Variegata' - Variegated Tobacco (8171 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.08. 2007 07:45:40 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (8030 readers)
Contributed by amazon 27.07. 2007 08:06:46 Topic: Plants / Other

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 after by collectors. Makes a great house plant. ...

Desmodium gyrans - Telegraph Plant (61180 readers)
Contributed by amazon 10.07. 2007 14:00:45 Topic: Plants / Other

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 (7049 readers)
Contributed by amazon 08.07. 2007 10:22:42 Topic: Plants / Other

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 leaves. From early age, the rhizome produces many suckers. The flower, which is big and bright yellow, appears in its second year, and grows upright at the top of the trunk. As the inflorescence gro ...

Eucalyptus gunnii - Cider Gum (9791 readers)
Contributed by amazon 08.07. 2007 10:10:16 Topic: Plants / Other

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 cooler areas. There are many reasons to plant a eucalyptus--to begin with, they help to control aphids and other insects, most of them will grow rapidly, even in poor soil (12 per year is not out o ...

Nicotiana glauca - Tree Tobacco (4793 readers)
Contributed by amazon 05.07. 2007 12:01:04 Topic: Plants / Other

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. From South america. ...

Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Black Mystic' - Earth Star, Starfish Plant (13901 readers)
Contributed by amazon 03.07. 2007 09:13:56 Topic: Plants / Other

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 from 40 degrees F to over 100 degrees F. Optimum growth occurs between 60-85 degrees F. Keep the medium evenly moist at all times, but not wet or dry. A sunny location is prefered. New plants (pu ...

Bismarkia nobilis - Bismark Fan Palm (8989 readers)
Contributed by amazon 01.07. 2007 21:49:41 Topic: Plants / Other

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 to a wide range of climates. One of the most beautiful and desirable fan palms. Its bold and formal appearance dominates the area it inhabits. The Bismark Fan Palm is particularly well-adapted to Flo ...

Eucalyptus 'Baby Blue' (13050 readers)
Contributed by amazon 30.06. 2007 10:15:30 Topic: Plants / Other

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 cooler areas. There are many reasons to plant a eucalyptus--to begin with, they help to control aphids and other insects, most of them will grow rapidly, even in poor soil (12 per year is not out o ...

Many uses for groundcovers (1) (9081 readers)
Contributed by pph 11.04. 2007 20:26:16 Topic: Plants / Other

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. ...