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Anthurium crystallinum, Crystal anthurium, Tail Flower

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Anthurium crystallinum

Crystal anthurium, Tail Flower
Family: Araceae
Origin: Panama to Peru
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliage

This anthurium has dramatic white or light green veins contrasting with dark green foliage. Flower spathes are light green with a reddish tinge. Likes partial shade or light shade. In winter, temperatures of not less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit are preferred. Likes a warm and humid atmosphere, so misting is beneficial. Reduce watering in the winter.

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Anthurium hybrid Shibori, Flamingo Flower, Variegated Flower Anthurium

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Anthurium hybrid Shibori

Flamingo Flower, Variegated Flower Anthurium
Family: Araceae
Origin: Ecuador and Colombia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Showy cultivar of Anthurium with variegated flowers. Some flowers display very interesting designs with dots, spots and stripes. Very rare in cultivation.

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Aphelandra squarrosa, Zebra Plant

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'Snow White'

Aphelandra squarrosa

Zebra Plant
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Mountains of Mexico to Brazil
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowers

Zebra Plant gets its name from white stripes on the leaves. It is one of the best house plants. This plant is not only pretty because of its white-veined, green folliage, but also for the apical inflorescence with its beautiful yellow bracts. Bright light but no direct sunlight is preferred. Water when the soil surface has just begun to dry, however less water is needed after flowering and in winter. Aphelandra drops leaves if over- or under-watered. Ideal growing temperatures are between 65 and 70 degrees. The plant tolerates average home humidity but prefers high humidity. Forcing Zebra Plant into bloom requires a well lit area. Zebra Plant has a winter rest period. Propagation: Propagation is by stem tip cuttings taken in spring and kept at temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Keep the cuttings continually moist. Leaf bud cuttings may be used but they take longer.

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Aphelandra tetragona, Aphelandra cristata, Red Aphelandra

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Aphelandra tetragona, Aphelandra cristata

Red Aphelandra
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: South America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowers

These attractive tender perennials and shrubs are grown for their ornamental foliage and interesting flower spikes and require high humidity and warm temperatures to flower. The color of the flowers is orange-scarlet to scarlet. These plants may be grown outdoors in mild climates, in humus-rich soil; otherwise, they need to be grown in homes or greenhouses. When grown indoors, well-drained pots that are filled with equal parts of loam and peat and a generous amount of sand should be used. They should be placed in bright, indirect light out of drafts. Water must be applied with care. Waterlogged, or very dry soil will make the leaves fall. They should be fed with liquid fertilizer as the flowers form. When they've finished blooming, less water is needed. Do not pinch off the tips of the shoots, the idea is to produce one stem with one large spike of flowers. Propagation by cuttings. In the spring, side shoots can be removed, or a piece of the old branch can be inserted in sand in a propagating case in the greenhouse. When they have grown roots, they are placed on the open benches for a few days and then potted. Seeds may also be sown in pots of sandy peat and loam in the spring.

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Aptenia cordifolia, Baby Sun Rose

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Aptenia cordifolia

Baby Sun Rose
Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

This plant grows best in full sun and tolerates poor soils, heavy or well-drained. Flowering is in summer and autumn. Easily propagated by cuttings or seed. The very similar A. lancifolia, sometimes refered to in the trade as A. cordifolia 'Fuchsia', is almost identical (the leaves are less cordate) except in being less vigorous, and with distinct magenta or fuchsia colored flowers.

They grow well on retaining walls and hanging baskets.

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