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Vandasina retusa, Vandasina

Vandasina retusa

Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Australasia
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunRegular water

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Vatica diospyroides, Vatica cinerea, Synaptea cinerea, Broken Hear Flower, Resk Puteh Keruing, Chan ka pho

Vatica diospyroides, Vatica cinerea, Synaptea cinerea

Broken Hear Flower, Resk Puteh Keruing, Chan ka pho
Family: Dipterocarpaceae
Origin: Thailand
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterFragrantEthnomedical plant.
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Extremely rare, hard to find plant from Thailand with very strongly fragrant flowers. It is a critically endangered species threatened by habitat loss. Small tree or large shrub.

According to the Thai legend, this flower grown in a garden helps to retain spirits of beloved lost ones around and heals broken hearts. Amazingly, medicinal properties of the plant in fact are used in folk medicine for healing heart problems. The plant is used as cardiac tonic.

This small tree is endemic to Thailand, growing gregariously in the vicinity of swampy areas (Nong Thung Thong), but also found in lowland evergreen forest, limestone formations in Phangnga and Trang, below 100 m altitude. Flower has a strong pleasant fragrance. Flowering: January-April; Fruiting: February-August.

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Verticordia sp., Featherflowers
Verticordia plumosa

Verticordia sp.

Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Verticordia are known for their feather-like or fringed flowers, the beauty of these is invariably included in any description. This has been accompanied by a high desirability as a garden plant, and as a cut flower.

Not all Verticordias are small shrubs. For example Verticordia grandis grows to about two metres and throughout summer produces beautiful red flowers - the largest flowers of the genus.

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Viburnum odoratissimum, Sweet Viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum

Sweet Viburnum
Family: Adoxaceae
Origin: Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

Tiny white flowers are held in great panicles in spring and are pleasingly fragrant. Berries are drupes that turn from red to black and are attractive to birds. Full sun to light. Tolerates moderate shade, but may become scraggly under low light conditions. It is one of the most gratifying shrubs to use as a hedge, because of its fast rate of growth and the beautiful springtime fragrance. It's beautiful, versatile and rarely bothered by pests or disease.

Broadleaf evergreen shrub for informal hedges, screens, barriers, foundations, borders or open woodland areas.

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Viburnum plicatum, Japanese Snowball

Viburnum plicatum

Japanese Snowball
Family: Adoxaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Some of the more popular cultivars are selected for having all of their flowers large and sterile with few or no fertile flowers; their flowerheads resemble a snowball.

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