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Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw

Acacia redolens

Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallGroundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFlood tolerant

Acacia redolens grows in full sun and is considered a large shrub, 5-10 ft tall. The yellow-orange flowers are an attraction for butterflies and hummingbirds. With proper care, plant can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. For gardeners in cold regions, the trailing acacia can be grown in a pot and brought indoors in the winter. To keep it healthy through the winter months, Acacia redolens should be placed in a sunny window and watered regularly. With plenty of sun, proper water, and occasional fertilizer, Acacia redolens will thrive indoors.

The plant is native to Australia and can be planted in a variety of landscaping situations. Its interesting and attractive foliage, along with its ability to tolerate drought, flooding, and cold temperatures make it a worthy addition to any garden. For those looking for a low-growing shrub with attractive, orange and yellow flowers, this Acacia species is a great choice.



Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw
Acacia redolens, Trailing Acacia, Bank Catclaw


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Acanthus ilicifolius, Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove

Acanthus ilicifolius

Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India, Polynesia
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistRegular 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.Thorny or spinyFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Acanthus ilicifolius, or Holly-leaved Acanthus, is a perennial plant native to India and Polynesia. This plant can reach a large size, typically growing up to 5-10 ft tall. It has a semi-woody and sprawling structure, with thin stems coated in a glossy green hue speckled with white. The leaves are oval-shaped with a pair of spines at each angle.

Holly-leaved Acanthus prefers full sun to semi-shade and can be grown either in a bog or aquatic environment. It requires plenty of moisture as well as regular watering to stay healthy and vibrant. This plant also tolerates flooding and salty conditions near the seaside very well. Therefore, it can be a great addition to any garden in the USDA hardiness zone of 8-11.

The Holly-leaved Acanthus is adorned with clusters of beautiful blue, lavender and purple flowers. It is also an ethnomedical plant, hence its use in traditional medicine. Its stems are thorny or spiny and may require careful handling when handling.

When growing Holly-leaved Acanthus in a pot, it is essential to keep the soil moist and use quality organic potting soil. A location with some protection from the elements is preferred in colder regions as well as a winter mulching of thick straw to prevent frost damage. Additionally, it is important to keep an eye out for any pests and diseases that may occur and act appropriately to keep the plant healthy.





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Acer sp., Red Maple, Soft Maple
Acer negundo 'Argenteo-notatum'

Acer sp.

Red Maple, Soft Maple
Family: Sapindaceae
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

Maple is a widespread deciduous tree popular in eastern North America.

Many of its features, especially its leaves, are quite variable in form. Among these features it is best known for its brilliant deep scarlet foliage in autumn. Red Maple is adaptable to a very wide range of site conditions. It can be found growing in swamps, on poor dry soils, and most anywhere in between. Elevation is also not a limiting factor in its range. Due to its attractive fall foliage and pleasing form, it is often used as a shade tree for landscapes. It is used commercially on a small scale for maple syrup production as well as for its medium to high quality lumber. It is the State Tree of Rhode Island. It is very cold hardy.

Maple is a very popular plant in Japan and a subject for bonsai. Autumn in Japan is celebrated with colorful autumn leaves known as momijigari. The foliage of trees light up the Japanese landscape. Scarlet Japanese maples flash against emerald conifers, this is the beauty of momijigari as you view the spectacular colors of changing leaves.

The maples have long been known to be closely related to the family Sapindaceae.





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Acorus gramineus variegatus, Sweet Flag

Acorus gramineus variegatus

Sweet Flag
Family: Acoraceae
Origin: Japan
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

The plants are evergreen in warmer climates, but they will die back to ground level in colder climates. Although they are water lovers, this species can take quite a bit of drought. I have seen this plant used as an accent in dry rock gardens.



Acorus gramineus variegatus, Sweet Flag
Acorus gramineus variegatus, Sweet Flag


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Acrostichum aureum, Piai Raya, Golden Leather Fern, Mangrove Fern

Acrostichum aureum

Piai Raya, Golden Leather Fern, Mangrove Fern
Family: Pteridaceae
Origin: Pantropical
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageEthnomedical 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.Flood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Acrostichum aureum, also known as Piai Raya, is a small plant that grows to a height of between 2 and 5 feet tall. Native to Pantropical, it grows in USDA Zone 9-11 and is a great plant for adding ornamental foliage to gardens and yards. It is a flood and seaside tolerant plant and can even tolerate salt.

This plant prefers full sun to semi-shade, and can also be grown in boggy or aquatic soil. It needs regular water to keep it looking its best, so make sure to water it every few days during dry spells. Additionally, Piai Raya has ethnomedical properties, and has been known to be used for medicinal purposes.

Growers in cold regions should take special care when growing this plant in a pot. It is best to select a pot with several drainage holes, and the soil mix should be one that readily drains. Additionally, ensure that the pot is well insulated, as the roots are vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Ensure that the soil is also kept moist and fertilize every couple of weeks. With a bit of extra care, Acrostichum aureum can thrive in colder climates.



Acrostichum aureum, Piai Raya, Golden Leather Fern, Mangrove Fern
Acrostichum aureum, Piai Raya, Golden Leather Fern, Mangrove Fern


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