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Petrocosmea sp., Petrocosmea

Petrocosmea sp.

Petrocosmea
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: China
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Petrocosmea is a small genus of rosette plants from high altitudes in southern China. Most grow on mossy rock, often limestone, in shady areas, although some species grow in wet mossy forests.



Petrocosmea sp., Petrocosmea
Petrocosmea sp., Petrocosmea
Petrocosmea sp., Petrocosmea


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Petunia x hybrida, Petunia

Petunia x hybrida

Petunia
Family: Solanaceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Petunia is a widely cultivated genus of flowering plants of South American origin. Most of the varieties seen in gardens are hybrids. They have wide trumpet shaped flowers and branching foliage that is hairy and somewhat sticky.





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Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bells, Desert Bluebells, California Bluebell

Phacelia campanularia

Desert Bells, Desert Bluebells, California Bluebell
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: California
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Phacelia campanularia is a stunning large flowered gentian blue plant. This annual wildflower grows very quickly and blooms early in the spring.

The flowers are bell-shaped, 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, and have 5 broad lobes. The leaves are dark green, fuzzy, heart-shaped, coarsely toothed, and edged in dark red. The stems are reddish and hairy.

Phacelia Campanularia can reseed itself if seed falls onto bare ground.

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.



Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bells, Desert Bluebells, California Bluebell
Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bells, Desert Bluebells, California Bluebell
Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bells, Desert Bluebells, California Bluebell


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Phalaenopsis parishii, Aerides decumbens, Violet Phalaenopsis, Parish's Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis parishii, Aerides decumbens

Violet Phalaenopsis, Parish's Phalaenopsis
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Indochina, Himalaya
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrant

Found as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte in the eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at lower elevations to 500 meters on moss covered trees overhanging streams.



Phalaenopsis parishii, Aerides decumbens, Violet Phalaenopsis, Parish's Phalaenopsis
Phalaenopsis parishii, Aerides decumbens, Violet Phalaenopsis, Parish's Phalaenopsis


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Phalaenopsis sp., Phalaenopsis Orchid, Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis sp.

Phalaenopsis Orchid, Moth Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: from Java and the South Seas, the Phillipines and Queensland Australia
Vine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

These are definately warm growers who like to be shaded, the perfect houseplant, and very free flowering. These orchids are the easiest and most rewarding of the family for the home grower as they produce arching spikes of ten or more flowers as often as three times a year. In nature there are just under 50 wild species which are found from India eastwards through the Philippines and into Northern Australia. The name Phalaenopsis is from the Greek and means moth-like. The plants are shade-loving and grow on branches or on rocks where the air is warm and moist. Phalaenopsis plants do not have pseudobulbs and the strength of the plant is in its large, leathery leaves and thick roots. New leaves appear slowly and regularly over each other and are generally a deep green but occasionally can he attractively mottled. The flowers appear on a spike from the stem between the leaves and, depending on the type, there may be anything from a single flower to over a hundred. When flowering has finished, or ideally has one or two flowers left, you can trim off the spike to around 1 inch from just above the first node on the main spike stem, that will be somewhere below where the first flower appeared, and is a little bump covered by a small leaflet, it may re spike and flower early from there, or if the spike has died fully and gone brown, trim off the flower spikes to within 1 inch from where they appeared out of the side of the plant, and look after it, it should re bloom on new spikes next year; occasionally a flower bud will develop into a small plant with roots which can be cut off and potted up. These propagations may flower within a couple of years. Many hundreds of hybrids have been bred, and the trade in Phalaenopsis is a huge pot-plant market because of the ease of cultivation as house plants.

See Orchid page for pictures of different orchids and care info.





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