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The genus includes species of trees, and shrubs, with evergreen foliage and inconspicuous flowers.
The flower is from greenish, yellow to white. Male and female flower on different plants.
Litsea cubeba (May Chang) is a small tropical tree with lemon scented leaves and flowers and small berries which resemble peppers.
The scent of May Chang has been compared to lemongrass and lemon verbena. May Chang is most valued for its anti- inflammatory and calming properties.
This exotic small tree or shrub has highly perfumed flowers. The sweet scented flowers are small, 1-2", attractive shape, with white corolla and an orange-red tube in center and bloom profusely, opening at night and casting off in the morning thus making a carpet of flowers. Used in Buddhist temples, for worship. The large attractive leaves are rough and hairy. Use well drained soil and fertilize once a month.
Flowers are followed by flat roundish capsules that split in half when dry. Each half of the capsule contains one seed. Propagation is easier by seeds as cuttings are very hard to root.
The plant seems to be pretty cold hardy, mature plants survive light freeze for a few hours without significant damage.
Stem is used for relief of headache, leaf - cholecystagogue, flower - antipyretic, treatment of faintness and vertigo.
According to mythology, this is a heavenly tree brought to earth by the god Krishna. A quarrel over it ensued between Satyabhama and Rukmini, Krishna's wives. But Krishna planted the tree in Satyabhama's courtyard in a way that when the tree flowered, the flowers fell in Rukmini's courtyard. Another romantic story woven around the tree is about Parijataka, a princess. She fell in love with the sun but when he deserted her she committed suicide and a tree sprung from the ashes. Unable to stand the sight of the lover who left her, the tree flowers only at night and sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.
Splendid tender, evergreen, woody vine with leathery leaves. Beautiful thick bluntly ovate leaves on twining stems which reach 8-10ft or more, large clusters of white Azalea shaped pendant bells with a hint of cream yellow. Extremely delicate and pretty climber. It needs a sunny position, and fertile light soil. Hardy to 30F for a short period of time. Reduce water after flowering. Winter bloomer.
This amazing climber brings ease of culture, vigorous growth and stunning floral form to the container gardener. Flowering from spring through fall, the blooms form on the tips of its vining stems and pendulate down 2' or more in length. Soft yellow bracts and creamy white flowers form a pendulous infloresence that opens over many weeks. Train it on a trellis or a fence.
A twining vine with rough green leaves and spectacular tall clusters of purple flowers. It likes warm and humid conditions. The flowers come in raceme reaching over 1 foot long, the flowers lasts a couple of days but the blue calices remain much longer, slowly turning gray.