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Paulownia sp., Princess Tree, Empress Tree
Paulownia tomentosa

Paulownia sp.

Princess Tree, Empress Tree
Family: Paulowniaceae    (Formerly:Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: China
USDA Zone: 6-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersDeciduous plantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Paulownia sp. (Princess Tree) is a deciduous plant that is grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6-11. Its fragrant, bell-shaped pink or lavender, purple flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial wildlife to your garden.

To grow Paulownia sp.successfully, it should be planted in a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The tree thrives in full sun and moderate water. It is recommended to provide plenty of water during its first year, especially during active growth periods. Mulching around the tree will help the roots retain moisture and protect the tree from the cold. In cold climates, it is best to grow Paulownia in pots so that they can be moved indoors during winter. If grown outdoors, the plant should be protected from harsh winter winds.

Paulownia trees are considered the tree of the future due to their unique growth rate. In good growing conditions during the summer months, the plant can reach up to 20 feet high or even higher, depending on the Paulownia tree species used. The wood is easy to work with and suitable for various uses, including the manufacture of furniture, plywood, moldings, and doors. The flowers are colorful and beautiful in spring, while the trees are green and shady in summer. Paulownia trees are drought-resistant once established.

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Phygelius sp., Cape Fuchsia, Digging Dog
Phygelius capensis

Phygelius sp.

Cape Fuchsia, Digging Dog
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The plant is happiest and will bloom most abundantly in full sun in well-draining soils and with regular watering during the dry season.

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Schlegelia parasitica, Schlegelia

Schlegelia parasitica

Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: Cuba, Jamaica
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeperFull sunRegular waterPink flowers

According to other sources, belongs to Family Schlegeliaceae or Family Bignoniaceae. The delimitation of Bignoniaceae and Scrophulariaceae has long been a taxonomic problem. Schlegelia also has a scrophulariaceous seed morphology. Considered anomalous in the Bignoniaceae, the Schlegelieae similarly are distinct in the Scrophulariaceae.

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Torenia fournieri, Wishbone Flower, Ladys Slipper, Blue Wing

Torenia fournieri

Wishbone Flower, Ladys Slipper, Blue Wing
Family: Linderniaceae    (Formerly:Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: Thailand, Indo-China
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsInvasive

One of the few ground covers that grow equally well in sun or semi-shade. Plants make a compact, upright bush of eight to twelve inches in height. The pale violet flowers have deep purple blotches on the lower petals with yellow inside. The cool colors are a welcome relief during the heat of summer. This everblooming ground cover looks like a bright blanket. Attracts bufferflies and makes a blooming atmosphere. Easy to grow, drought tolerant.

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