TROPICAL PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA


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Number of plants found: 7    

Echinops adenocaulos, Globe Thistle

Echinops adenocaulos

Globe Thistle
Family: Asteraceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

They form clumps of deeply divided, spiny leaves, which are gray-green above and fuzzy-white beneath. They produce round, compact heads of tiny pale blue or grayish-white flowers, resembling thistles, atop gray-white stems in late summer. Globe Thistles can live in any well-drained soil as long as it isn't too rich. They will survive in poor, dry soil. They should be in a position with full sun. These plants can be increased by seeds or division in the fall, or by root cuttings in the winter. Varietes: E. Ritro, E. Bannaticus, E. Gmelinii and E. Sphaerocephalus.





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Senecio fulgens, Kleinia fulgens, Orange thistle, Coral senecio

Senecio fulgens, Kleinia fulgens

Orange thistle, Coral senecio
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Beautiful orange flowered succulent that is ideal for hot, dry spots in the garden. The genus is named after the German zoologist, Dr Klein (1685-1759). The species name, fulgens, means shining and refers to the vibrant color of the flowers. The plant grows to a height of about 7" and is ideal for planting in rockeries or other dry, sunny spots, as the scarlet flower heads add a splash of color in mid-winter. The plant can be propagated easily from seed, stem cuttings and leaf cuttings. Sow fresh seed in seedtrays containing a very well-drained potting mixture such as 1/2 fine milled pine bark and 1/2 sharp sand. Cover the seed lightly and water carefully. Propagation from stem cuttings is using a mature stem that can be rooted as is. The pieces should be left to dry for 2 to 3 days before planting. The cuttings are then placed in a container of sharp river sand and kept in an airy, sunny position. Care must be taken not to over-water the cuttings-they are best kept on the dry side. Repot when sufficient roots have formed. Propagation by leaf cuttings: allow leaves to dry for 2 to 3 days and plant in a container of sharp river sand. It is best to insert the leaf at an angle with about 1/3 in the rooting medium. Treat as for cuttings. It should take 6 to 8 weeks for a new plant to appear.





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Silybum marianum, Carduus marianus, Mary Thistle, Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum, Carduus marianus

Mary Thistle, Milk Thistle
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: India
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsInvasiveThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A purple flower with prickly leaves whose name comes from the white veins on its leaves which exude a milky sap when broken.

Among all known herbal remedies, Milk Thistle finds its place as the leader in herbs to treat liver disease.





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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Acanthus montanus

Acanthus sp.

Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Mediterranean Basin, Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduousThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.

Several species, especially A. balcanicus, A. spinosus and A. mollis, are grown as ornamental plants.





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Carthamus sp., Safflower, Carthamine, Sallflower, Beni, Chimichanga

Carthamus sp.

Safflower, Carthamine, Sallflower, Beni, Chimichanga
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: India to China
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. Carthamus tinctorius is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 12 to 59 in tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers.



Carthamus sp., Safflower, Carthamine, Sallflower, Beni, Chimichanga
Carthamus persicus


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Cynara cardunculus, Artichoke

Cynara cardunculus

Artichoke
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleThorny or spiny

The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a perennial thistle originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. It grows to 1.4-2 metres (4.6-6.6 ft) tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery, glaucous-green leaves 50-82 centimetres (20-32 in) long. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 8-15 centimetres.





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Oldenburgia grandis, Mountain Hunchback, Rabbit's Ears, Lamb's Ears, Donkey's Ears

Oldenburgia grandis

Mountain Hunchback, Rabbit's Ears, Lamb's Ears, Donkey's Ears
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Southern Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowers

Oldenburgia grandis is a shrub or small, gnarled tree. The emergent leaves are densely and completely felted with white hair. The flower-heads are borne on long, stout, velvety white stems (peduncles), which emerge from the centre of the rosette of leaves. Each flower-head resembles a giant thistle with its short, wide, purple brush covered thickly with velvety white hairs.



Oldenburgia grandis, Mountain Hunchback, Rabbit's Ears, Lamb's Ears, Donkey's Ears
Oldenburgia grandis, Mountain Hunchback, Rabbit's Ears, Lamb's Ears, Donkey's Ears
Oldenburgia grandis, Mountain Hunchback, Rabbit's Ears, Lamb's Ears, Donkey's Ears


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