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Butterfly bush likes well drained, average soil. They thrive in fairly dry conditions once established. Roots may perish in wet soil. Butterfly bushes are semi-evergreen in climates with mild winters. They may be cut back to the ground and will re-emerge from roots in their northernmost range, but will not reach the maximum size they do in warmer climes. It is advisable to cut back the shrubs in any case, since flowers are usually larger and more prolific on new wood.
Similar species -Buddleja madagascariensis.
The shrub rarely flowers in cultivation, and is principally grown for its unusual foliage.
Buddleia madagascariensis, native to Madagascar, is a striking, fragrant ornamental shrub with a sprawling habit that is cultivated and naturalized in tropical areas of the world.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soil. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.
The plant is used for traditional medicinal purposes, the roots as a purgative and the leaves to treat coughs and colds. The wood is very fine grained and was used to make small pieces of furniture. The straight branches were used to make fence posts. The false olive was used to make asseggai handles. It also makes good fuel wood as it burns with an intense heat. The large amounts of pollen and nectar it produces makes it popular with bee farmers. May be used as Bonsai.
Buddleja saligna is easily grown from seed or cuttings.
Flower color varies widely, with white, pink, red, purple, orange or yellow flowers produced by different species and cultivars; they are rich in nectar and often strongly scented.
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Calceolaria herbeohybrida or Pouch Plant offers a multitude of cheerful, bright-colored flowers for the garden and pot. The charming, low-growing plant with its diverse range of white, off-white, red, crimson, vinous, yellow and orange flowers makes an ideal groundcover. It is an excellent choice for small gardens and patios in USDA Zones 10-11.
For growing in a pot, moisten the soil before planting and so it does not dry out too quickly. Make sure to find a spot that receives at least some sunlight each day. A few hours of direct sunshine is ideal, although Pouch Plant also tolerates some semi-shade. If you are growing them in a cool region, keep the potted plants inside during winter and early spring. When the weather warms up, they can be moved back out. When grown in the garden, Fertilize once in the spring, to promote better flowering. Deadheading will keep the plants looking neat, and will stop them from self-seeding. Container plants should be watered regularly, especially in summer, and when temperatures are very high.
This genus consists of about 388 species of shrubs, lianas and herbs.
The Calceolaria Herbeohybrida group is a group of ornamental hybrids known only in cultivation, called florists slipperwort.
Eremophila sp. or Emu bush are Australian natives. They are generally medium to large shrubs, growing up to five to ten feet tall. The plants produce fleshy fruits which are often eaten by birds and animals. The plants are also known as "poverty bushes" because of the ability of many of them to survive in very dry, inhospitable environments.
To ensure the best growth, Emu bushes should be planted in full sun and given moderate water during the summer months. During the winter, they should be watered less often to avoid root rot.
The plants produce attractive flowers in various shades of colors including pink, white, off-white, red, crimson and vinous, as well as yellow and orange. The blooms are often clustered and the plants are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
In cool climates, Emu bushes can be grown in large pots which should be kept in a sheltered spot and given plenty of sunlight. During the winter months, it is important to protect the roots of the plant by providing extra winter mulch. To ensure that the plant remains healthy, water regularly in the summer but let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.
In USDA zones 9-11, these large shrubs are easy to care for and will thrive with the right amount of sunlight and water. Not only that, their colorful flowers and attractive foliage make them a great addition to any garden. With the proper care, Emu bushes can turn an ordinary outdoor space into something truly spectacular.
It's a small evergreen tree native to South Africa, typically growing 10-20 ft tall with a spreading, rounded crown. Its attractive foliage consists of glossy, rich dark green leaves which contrast nicely with the fragrant flowers. It grows best in full sun to semi-shade, with moderate water and well-drained soil. This small tree is an excellent landscape choice, providing bright color and sweet-smelling flowers for a long blooming season.
Halleria lucida may also be referred to as Tree Fuchsia because of its resemblance to a potted Fuchsia plant. The flowers come in a variety of colors, ranging from yellow to orange to brick-red, and are very rich in nectar, making the Halleria lucida an ideal plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. It is also used in some ethnomedical treatments, such as a remedy for rheumatism.
Hardy in USDA Zone 9-11, Halleria lucida can tolerate short periods of cold temperatures down to at least 30sF. When growing in a pot in cold regions, it is important to bring the plant indoors when temperatures drop to protect it from frost. In general, Halleria lucida requires limited care and maintenance, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance landscape addition.