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Aglaonema nitidum, Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema 'Silver Queen'

Aglaonema nitidum

Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen
Family: Araceae
Small plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageIrritating

Aglaonema nitidum or Chinese Evergreen is a small evergreen shrub, typically growing anywhere between 2-5 feet tall. This ornamental foliage is incredibly versatile, making it a great addition to any home or garden. Aglaonema nitidum grows best in USDA zones 9-11 and prefers to be in partial shade or semi-shade, as an overexposure to direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. This plant requires moderate water, about once a week, in order to keep the soil moist.

When grown in a container, Aglaonema nitidum can be a great choice for indoor or outdoor locations, making it an ideal houseplant. As a smaller shrub, it is perfect for those looking for a smaller, evergreen bush to brighten up their space. Additionally, Chinese Evergreen is a great option for gardeners in cold regions, since it can be easily moved indoors during the winter season.

When caring for Aglaonema nitidum, special attention must be taken to the soil and container it is placed in. When grown in a container, the soil should be kept consistently moist, and allowed to dry slightly between waterings. The container must be well-draining, and should be placed in a section of the garden that gets partial shade or semi-shade. If grown indoors, it should be placed in an area that receives bright, indirect sunlight. When any new leaves appear, it is important to avoid any contact with the irritant sap they produce.

Overall, Aglaonema nitidum is a great addition to any home, thanks to its evergreen foliage and small size. It is a very versatile plant and can tolerate both direct and indirect light, making it easy to accommodate it in any living space. With the right soil, container, and proper care, Chinese Evergreen can be a great addition to any garden.



Aglaonema nitidum, Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema nitidum, Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema nitidum, Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema nitidum, Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop Tongue, Silver Evergreen


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Aglaonema rotundum, Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema rotundum

Chinese Evergreen
Family: Araceae
Origin: Sumatra
Small plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliage

This small plant is native to Sumatra, and it is an easy-care plant. It is suitable for the most interiors, with indirect, or semi-shade light. The Aglaonema rotundum (Chinese Evergreen) prefers moderate water, about once a week. The soil should be kept moist, but not wet and do not over water. It does not need high humidity, as damp air can easily cause root rot. You can fertilize Aglaonema rotundum once a month, but be careful not to over-fertilize. The foliage is often variegated, with white and pink marbling, giving the plant an ornamental aspect.

Grown in USDA Zone 9-11, Aglaonema rotundum can be grown successfully in pots in cooler regions. A sunny, warm spot and a light, well-drained soil are ideal for successful cultivation. Pruning is not necessary for Aglaonema rotundum, however, dead or diseased foliage should be removed to allow new leaves to grow.



Aglaonema rotundum, Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema rotundum, Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema rotundum, Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema rotundum, Chinese Evergreen


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Aglaonema sp., Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema sp.

Chinese Evergreen
Family: Araceae
Origin: tropical Asia and Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageIrritating

They are grown for their ornamental foliage in homes, greenhouses, and in the outdoors, where climates allow.

These plants should have a moist, but well drained, heavy soil. It will live for long periods in water and in spots with poor light; though bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade is best. Water moderately and maintain a fairly humid atmosphere. Keep them drier throughout the winter.





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Agonis flexuosa, Willow Myrtle, Western Australian Peppermint

Agonis flexuosa

Willow Myrtle, Western Australian Peppermint
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Australia
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Native to Western Australia, this small tree is excellent for small urban spaces, growing 10-20 ft in height and 6-15 ft in spread. It has an upright habit with an open, sparse crown. Agonis flexuosa (Willow Myrtle) has an attractive foliage of broad green leaves with a smooth texture. In summer, the tree is covered with white to off-white, fragrant flowers that attract bees and other beneficial insects. When blooming, its flowers give the tree a soft, romantic look.

This is a hardy drought-tolerant tree - once established, it only needs moderate amounts of water compared to other trees. Agonis flexuosa can tolerate salt, making it suitable for seaside gardens or areas exposed to salt spray. It performs best in full sun to semi-shade and is frost-hardy, growing well in USDA Zone 8-11.

When planting Agonis flexuosa, the soil should be well-drained, not too heavy and with a neutral pH. If you choose to grow it in a pot, you should use a well-draining potting mix, water frequently and add a layer of mulch as it helps to keep the roots cool and moist. In cold regions, it's best to keep the pot in a sheltered or sunny spot during the winter months to protect it from frost and cold winds.

Overall, Agonis flexuosa is a low-maintenance, versatile species that adds beauty and texture to any garden. Its fragrant flowers, attractive foliage and hardiness make it an ideal choice for temperate gardens that require a small, hardy tree.





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Aiphanes horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Martinezia truncata, Devil Palm, Ruffle Palm, Spine Palm

Aiphanes horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Martinezia truncata

Devil Palm, Ruffle Palm, Spine Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Trinidad and Tobago
USDA Plant Hardiness MapFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPalm or palm-likeEdibleThorny or spiny

This very different dwarf palm from South America, has attractive spines all over it and fabulous, gracefully arching leaves, covered with white powder, with long, wavy, closely- spaced leaflets. The fragrant flowers produce clusters of red fruit making it ideal for conservatory or a warmer garden where it can actually stand occasional, but not hard freezing.

A solitary, showy spiny small tree. In the wild it grows 9-15 feet tall with a stem diameter of 2-4 inches. The epicarp and mesocarp of the fruit are rich in carotene and are eaten in Colombia, while the seeds are used to make candles.

The range of the species is found in forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The species is cultivated as an ornamental throughout the tropics.

Also known as Devil Palm, Corozo, Cocos rura, Mararay, Corozo, Macaguita, Marara, Macahuite, Corozo del Orinoco, Corozo anchame, Mararava, Cubarro, Chonta, Chascaraza, Charascal, Corozo chiquito, Corozo colorado, Pujamo, Gualte, Chonta ruro, Pupunha xicaxica, Coyure palm, Ruffle palm, Aculeata palm and Spine palm.

Scientific Synonyms - Caryota horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Euterpe aculeata, Martinezia aculeata, Martinezia caryotifolia, Marara caryotifolia, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Tilmia caryotifolia, Bactris premorsa, Aiphanes premorsa, Martinezia truncata, Aiphanes truncata, Martinezia elegans, Aiphanes elegans, Marara bicuspidata, Martinezia ernestii, Aiphanes ernestii, Martinezia killipii, Aiphanes killipii, Aiphanes orinocensis.





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Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm

Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima

Macaw Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Caribbean
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPalm or palm-likeEdibleThorny or spiny

Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm
Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm


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Ajania pacifica, Chrysanthemum pacificum, Pacific Chrysanthemum

Ajania pacifica, Chrysanthemum pacificum

Pacific Chrysanthemum
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Japan
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Ajania pacifica forms a bushy mound of lobed green leaves, attractively edged with silver, remaining attractive all season long. Some gardeners grow this plant primarily for its foliage. Small yellow button flowers appear very late in the fall, sometimes lasting until Christmas. It is quite hardy in cold climates, going completely dormant in cold-winter regions, but in warmer climes it is more-or-less evergreen (though at its best in spring and summer).



Ajania pacifica, Chrysanthemum pacificum, Pacific Chrysanthemum
Ajania pacifica, Chrysanthemum pacificum, Pacific Chrysanthemum


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Akebia quinata, Chocolate Vine, Five-leaf Akebia

Akebia quinata

Chocolate Vine, Five-leaf Akebia
Family: Lardizabalaceae
Origin: Japan, China
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous 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.Deciduous plantEdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Akebia quinata grows to 10 m (30 ft) or more in height and has compound leaves with five leaflets. The flowers are clustered in racemes and are chocolate-scented, with three or four sepals. The fruits are sausage-shaped pods which contain edible pulp.

Plants are evergreen in mild winters. Since the chocolate vine growth rate is so fast, it makes an excellent cover for arbors, trellises, pergolas or fences.





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Akebia trifoliata, Chocolate Vine, Three-leaf Akebia

Akebia trifoliata

Chocolate Vine, Three-leaf Akebia
Family: Lardizabalaceae
Origin: China, Korea, Japan
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous 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.Deciduous plantEdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Akebia trifoliata is a deciduous Climber growing to 9 m (29ft 6in) at a fast rate.

Flavor varies greatly in akebias, even within the same species, with some individuals displaying a complex flavor profile resembling a mixture of banana, passionfruit and litchi, with others being mild, or even insipid.



Akebia trifoliata, Chocolate Vine, Three-leaf Akebia
Akebia trifoliata, Chocolate Vine, Three-leaf Akebia


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Alangium salviifolium, Sage-leaf Alangium

Alangium salviifolium

Sage-leaf Alangium
Family: Alangiaceae
Origin: Tropical Asia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white 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.

The Alagium salviifolium sub sp. hexapetalum is a plan that has proven itself beneficial to the world of medicine as it is used as a tonic, and for treatment of hemorrhoids. This plant also possesses promising antimicrobial activity.



Alangium salviifolium, Sage-leaf Alangium
Alangium salviifolium, Sage-leaf Alangium


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