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Arachis hypogaea, Peanut

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 Arachis hypogaea
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Peanut
Origin: South America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Edible

Species in the genus Arachis have an interesting reproductive biology because the seed-containing pods mature underground instead of aerially as in most legumes. The flowers don't usually open, and are self-pollinated. After pollination, there is cell division below the young pod sending it down on a stalk and pushing it into the ground where it matures. Seeds yield a non-drying, edible oil, used in cooking, margarines, salads, canning, for deep-frying, for shortening in pastry and bread, and for pharmaceuticals, soaps, cold creams, pomades and lubricants, emulsions for insect control, and fuel for diesel engines. The oil cake, a high-protein livestock feed, may be used for human consumption. Other products include dyes, ice cream, massage oil, paints, and peanut milk. Seeds are eaten raw, whole roasted and salted, or chopped in confectioneries, or ground into peanut butter. Young pods may be consumed as a vegetable. Young leaves and tips are suitable as a cooked green vegetable.

Edible peanut is Arachis hypogaea, and the ornamental peanut is very similar species, Arachis glabrata.


 Arachis hypogaea, Peanut

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Arisarum vulgare, Friar's Cowl

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Family: Araceae
Friar's Cowl
Origin: the Mediterranean
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual colorIrritatingPoisonous or toxic

This rather bizarre, perennial plant, which grows to a height of approximately 30 cm (11.8 in), propagates vegetatively by tubers. Its stem, underground, is broad and glabrous. Bloom color: Green, Purple, Brown/Bronze. It is considered toxic, in as much as the leaves and tuber are emetic, if swallowed. The plant contains calcium oxylate crystals. These cause an extremely unpleasant sensation similar to needles being stuck into the mouth and tongue if they are eaten.


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Aristolochia watsonii, Watson's Dutchman's Pipe, Southwestern Pipevine, Indian Root

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Family: Aristolochiaceae
Watson's Dutchman's Pipe, Southwestern Pipevine, Indian Root
Origin: Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperFull sunModerate waterUnusual colorEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Poisonous or toxic

It is pollinated by Ceratopogonid flies; these are the small, blood-sucking flies that pester humans and other mammals in the humid summer. The flowers of Aristolochia watsonii resemble a mouse’s ear—translucent funnels with fur and veins—and give off a musty odor. The fly apparently expects to find a blood meal, and instead is trapped inside the flower tube overnight. During the night the flower releases pollen. The following morning the flower releases the pollen-covered fly. If the fly visits another flower it effects pollination.


 Aristolochia watsonii, Watson's Dutchman's Pipe, Southwestern Pipevine, Indian Root

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Aristolochia watsonii, Watson's Dutchman's Pipe, Southwestern Pipevine, Indian Root

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Arthrostemma ciliatum, Pinkfringe, Arthrostemma

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Family: Melastomataceae
Pinkfringe, Arthrostemma
Origin: South America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowers
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Asarum maximum, Green Panda, Pussy Plant, Ling Ling, Panda Face Ginger

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Family: Aristolochiaceae
Green Panda, Pussy Plant, Ling Ling, Panda Face Ginger
Origin: China
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual colorSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The most sought-after of all asarum species, from Aristolochiaceae family - related to Dutchman's pipe. This clumping species from China has large, 6", glossy, rounded arrowhead-shaped, green leaves. It is certainly best-known for its stunning flowers (often the subject of fine paintings). The 2" flower is velvet-black outside with a stunning white interior. This easy-to-grow species really responds well to rich humus-laden soils and high fertility. A well-grown 10" tall x 18" wide clump of Asarum maximum 'Green Panda' is simply stunning.

Green Panda is a perennial groundcover that has evergreen leaves. A great landscape plant for tucking into corners or planted in mass in the shade. It is a perfect container plant, great for indoor culture thanks to its shade tolerance.

The plant is cold tolerant.


 Asarum maximum, Green Panda, Pussy Plant, Ling Ling, Panda Face Ginger

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