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Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm

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Washingtonia filifera
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm
Origin: California
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterPalm or palm-likeThorny or spinySeaside, salt tolerant plant

California Fan Palm can grow 60 ft tall with a crown spread of 15 ft. The massive gray trunk is barrel shaped and ringed with old leaf scars, and may reach over 3 ft in diameter at its widest point. California Fan Palm can have up to thirty gray-green palmate (fan-shaped) leaves, each 3-6 ft across. They spread out to form a loose and open crown. The petioles (leaf stems) of mature palms are armed along the margins with curved thorns; those of young palms are largely unarmed. The individual leaflets are pendulous and swing freely in the wind. Abundant cotton-like threads on and between the leaflets persist even when the palm is mature. People often confuse W.Filifera and W.Robusta .as they are quite similar, particularly when small. The main distinguishing features are that Filifera is shorter and fatter, more big thorns and has cotton threads even when old. Robusta is much more slender, almost no thorns and only has cotton threads when young. W.Filifera is surprisingly cold hardy and will survive a Southern UK winter with slight protection when the plant is about 3 feet tall. A fantastic palm for the beginner, quick and easy to grow from seed (germinate in about 2 weeks) and a must have for the tropical garden. The seeds of California Fan Palm are small cm in diameter, they germinate very easily in a warm place compared to other palms. Washingtonia seeds will typically take about 10 to 21 days to germinate and sprout above the ground, if planted about 1" below the surface. For best results place some soil in a small plastic bag and hang in a warm place in your house. Prefers full sun when large, well drained situation with regular watering.



Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm

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Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm

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Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm

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Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton Palm, Cotton Palm

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Washingtonia robusta, Washingtonia, Mexican Fan Palm

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Washingtonia robusta
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Washingtonia, Mexican Fan Palm
Origin: Mexico, Florida
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterPalm or palm-likeThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Form: tall palm with fan fronds and thin trunk. Size: 75ft or more, frond spread 10-12ft, trunk diameter may be only 12-14in. Leaves: fan 3-4ft wide, petioles are typically toothed, bright green. Flowers: large stalks extend beyond fronds with small white/cream flowers, bloom in early summer. Fruit: pea-sized black/blue seed. Stems/Trunks: distinctively narrow, sways in wind. Hardiness: leaf damage at 20°F, recovers quickly; hard freezes may completely kill even mature specimens Landscape: skyline, tree silhouette, tropical effect Culture: full sun, rapidly grows above all other canopy. Water: moderate, deep, drought tolerant; best on once per month. Propagation: seed from isolated source; hybridizes readily . Maintenance: high; frond removal, trunk shaving, will sometimes self shave if leaves fall off cleanly grows rapidly (6ft per year). When young most people prefer shaved trunk look, frond removal and shaving best done professionally. Tolerates soils and drought. Vulnerable to root rot in wet soils.





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Watsonia sp., Watsonia

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Watsonia sp.
Family: Iridaceae
Watsonia
Origin: South Africa, Madagascar
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The genus is named after Sir William Watson, a British botanist.

There are 52 species in southern Africa; all are perennial herbs growing from corms and producing erect spikes of showy flowers, and are adapted to a mediterranean-type climate.

The commonest species in cultivation is the pink-flowered W. borbonica and its white mutant 'Arderne's White'. These were crossed with W. meriana and other species in the early 20th century by breeders including John Cronin in Australia and Luther Burbank in California to produce a wide range of cultivars.

Watsonia is tough and easy to grow, with a long flowering period. It does best in full sun in well-drained, well-composted soil and although adapted to a winter rainfall climate, will thrive under summer rainfall conditions provided it is grown in well-drained soil. It can withstand mild winter frost but should be lifted and stored dry during winter in cold climates. After flowering, the leaves and stems can be cut back. Stop watering pot-grown specimens and if necessary, move them to a cool, dry place for the rest of the dormant period. To avoid overcrowding and to get the most flowers, clumps are best lifted and divided every three to five years.

Suitable for any size of garden and ideal for the water-wise winter rainfall garden, Watsonia looks magnificent in mass plantings, planted in clumps in herbaceous borders and grown in large containers. Even when not in flower, its foliage is decorative and after flowering has finished, its purplish stems and seed capsules are also attractive.

Watsonia produces offsets (daughter corms) abundantly, and the easiest method of propagation is by division.





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Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata, Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy

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Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata
Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersInvasive

Excellent ground cover in warm climates in its native range.



Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata, Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy

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Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata, Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy

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Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata, Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy

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Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata, Wedelia, Singapore Daisy, Creeping-oxeye, Trailing Daisy

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Weigela sp., Weigela

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Weigela sp.
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Weigela
Origin: Eastern Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Weigela is a small genus of about 12 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 1-5 m tall.





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Welwitschia mirabilis, Welwitschia, Tumboa

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Welwitschia mirabilis
Family: Welwitschiaceae
Welwitschia, Tumboa
Origin: Namib Desert
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliage

This is a strange, bizarre desert plant which grows from a short, thick trunk, with only two leaves that continuously grow from their base, and a long, thick taproot. After germination, the cotyledons grow to 25-35 mm in length, and are followed shortly afterwards by the appearance of the two permanent leaves. These leaves are produced opposite that of the cotyledons, and continue to grow throughout the life of the plant, eventually growing to 2-4 m long and usually becoming split into several strap-shaped sections.





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Wercklea ferox, Prickly Umbrella

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Wercklea ferox
Family: Malvaceae
Prickly Umbrella
Origin: Costa Rica
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Wercklea ferox is a stunning rare shrub in the Hibiscus family originally from Costa Rica. A gem for tropical plant collector! This plant gets huge, up to 24" across green round leaves with gorgeous red veins. Red color seems more visible on the underside of the leaves. This plant starts by forming red buds, only to pop out a yellow delicate Hibiscus-like flower. They are quite pretty as well but often hidden from the beautiful large leaves. You can see them during the warmer months. This plant can be grown in full sun to bright filtered light. It takes a bit of room to grow and makes a captivating focal point in the garden, and it is a conversation piece between gardeners since it is so rare and not often seen. It is a rare plant for collectors who value the exotic. If it overgrows its given space, it can be pruned back to its original form and it will regrow quickly.





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Westringia fruticosa, Native Rosemary, Coastal Rosemary 

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Westringia fruticosa
Family: Lamiaceae
Native Rosemary, Coastal Rosemary
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Westringia fruticosa is extremely hardy plant that will tolerate almost any situation. The flowers are white or blue, hairy and have the upper petal divided into two lobes.



Westringia fruticosa, Native Rosemary, Coastal Rosemary 

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Westringia fruticosa, Native Rosemary, Coastal Rosemary 

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Whitfieldia elongata, Whitfieldia longiflora, Ruellia longifolia, White Candles

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Whitfieldia elongata, Whitfieldia longiflora, Ruellia longifolia
Family: Acanthaceae
White Candles
Origin: Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Spires of pure white flowers rise above the dark green foliage with periods of heavy bloom that almost engulf the plant. The 1" flowers are comprised of a pure white calyx and a protruding white bloom. Each inflorescence can reach 4" or more and last for a week. Hardy Zone 10 and higher. Partial sun to shade, grows to 3' in container, minimum temperature 55°, everbloomer. Perfect houseplant!





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Wigandia urens, Caracus Wigandia

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Wigandia urens
Family: Boraginaceae   (Formerly:Hydrophyllaceae)
Subfamily: Hydrophylloideae
Caracus Wigandia
Origin: Central and South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersIrritating

Wigandia urens is a deciduous shrub or small tree to 4m. It has large ovate leaves to 30cm long. The flowers are deep purple with a white throat and are produced in terminal sprays in spring. The whole plant is covered with rusty-brown, irritant hairs.





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