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The Psophocarpus tetragonolobus plant grows as a vine with climbing stems and leaves, 3-4 m in height. It is an herbaceous perennial, but can be grown as an annual.
The beans are used as a vegetable, but the other parts (leaves, flowers, and tuberous roots) are also edible.
Native to Southern Africa, Psoralea pinnata, otherwise known as the blue butterfly-bush, is a large shrub that can grow up to 5 to 10 feet tall. It thrives in full sun to semi-shade, with regular watering. The delicate, fragrant lavender and purple flowers that the bush produces attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Although the plant is invasive, it is also a mature plant that is cold hardy at least down to 30s F for a short period of time, and is flood tolerant. This makes it relatively easy to grow in USDA zones 9-11.
When it comes to growing the blue butterfly-bush in a pot, it should be noted that it can be done in colder regions provided certain conditions are met. The soil should be moist at all times and the pot should be placed in a sheltered spot to prevent frost damage. A good winter mulch will also help to insulate the roots and keep them warm. If you are living in an area with cold winters, it may be best to bring the pot indoors for the duration of the winter season. By following these tips, you can be sure to enjoy the beauty of the blue butterfly-bush all year round!
Pueraria sp., commonly known as Puero, is a plant native to Southeast Asia and is a great addition to any garden. Puero has plenty of advantages, from its groundcover and low-growing qualities (reaching up to 2ft) to its lovely pink, blue, lavender, and purple flowers. This vine or creeper is suitable for full sun or semi-shade, though it prefers regular water and moderate water. While it is an invasive species in some regions, Puero can be a beautiful addition to the home if carefully monitored.
When it comes to growing Puero, it is rather easy. Plant the seeds 1/2" deep in a sand/loam mixture, keeping them warm and damp. Bright light is also recommended. This vine or creeper is tolerant of temporary waterlogging and short periods of flooding, however it is not drought tolerant. When Puero has reached maturity, its cold hardy in USDA Zone 6-10.
When it comes to growing Puero in a pot in colder regions, it is suggested that the pot is brought indoors for the winter. In order to successfully do this, it is important to move the pot before the ground gets too cold and frost sets in. The Puero must be brought indoors in a bright, sunny location with temperatures above 40 degrees F. Watering should be done when the soil feels dry, but also be careful not to overwater. Fertilizing every two months with a natural fertilizer will ensure the Puero continues to thrive in its new environment.
All in all, Puero is a great addition to any garden, and with the right care and attention, it can be a thriving part of your home environment.
Puya alpestris (Sapphire Tower) is a small shrub native to Chile that grows to heights of 2-5 feet. It is best grown in USDA Zone: 9-11 and can withstand mild frost when mature. It requires full sun or semi-shade and moderate water. Its electric-blue, lavender, and purple flowers are a true sight to behold. The ornamental foliage is sure to add interest to any garden and is a favorite among butterflies and hummingbirds alike.
When planting Puya alpestris, it is important to keep in mind that these plants require excellent drainage in order to prevent root rot. It is suggested to plant in sandy or gravelly soils for this reason. If planting in colder regions, consider planting in a container and bring it inside during the winter months. Once established, the mature plants can endure cold temperatures of up to 30°F for short periods of time. However, if the temperature drops significantly lower, the plant may suffer frost damage. After the last frost of the season it's recommended to cover the plant when temperatures drop below 40°F at night.
For optimum growth and health, keep the soil of your Puya alpestris lightly moist throughout the summer. Once established, it has very low water requirements. If allowed to dry out, it may take some time for it to recover. As far as feeding is concerned, applying slow release fertilizer in the spring will help your Puya alpestris thrive.
Taking these simple steps will ensure that your Puya alpestris stays healthy, happy, and in bloom throughout the summer. With its astonishingly vibrant blooms and its easy maintenance, Puya alpestris is an ideal choice for any garden.