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Vinca major, Bigleaf Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Blue Periwinkle

Vinca major

Bigleaf Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Blue Periwinkle
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersInvasiveSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Vinca major is an evergreen trailing vine, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form dense masses of groundcover individually 2-5 m across and scrambling up to 50-70 cm high.

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Vitex rotundifolia, Beach Vitex, Pohinahina, Roundleaf Chastetree, Kolokolo, Kahakai

Vitex rotundifolia

Beach Vitex, Pohinahina, Roundleaf Chastetree, Kolokolo, Kahakai
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Hawaii, Pacific to Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
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Vitex rotundifolia is a sprawling shrub 6 to 8 feet in diameter and 6 inches to 2 feet tall, but reaching 4 feet in height and 12 feet in width when protected from wind and salt spray. The round leaves are gray-green to silvery and 1 to 2 inches long. The foliage has a spicy fragrance. Vitex rotundifolia occurs on coastal sites such as sandy beaches, rocky shores, and dunes.

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Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape

Vitis cinerea

Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Family: Vitaceae
Origin: Texas
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

Vitis cinerea is an American native grape. The leaves are cordiform-emarinate, flabby, dull, limb finely wrinkled (like crepe) between the sub-veins. The fruits of Vitis cinerea are sweet-tart when mature and edible.

The preference is partial sun, moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil.

Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape

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Vriesea sp., Bromeliad

Vriesea sp.

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

The Vriesea family is a very popular and easily cultivated bromeliad. The genera can be divided into two groups. One is grown for there impressive foliage and the other for their colorful bracts and flowers.They range in sizes from a very tiny 10 cm to more than 2 metre in diameter and height. The bright flowering group are very colorful and have long lasting flowering displays. The foliage group have striking foliage markings and colors and are symmetrically vase shaped to hold water in their neat rosettes. The long flower spike is camouflaged with the foliage markings and extends dominantly above the foliage. It prefers medium light and "good" water, that is, water without salts. The use of bottled drinking water, rain water, or filtered sink water is best. Be careful not to expose it to temperatures in the 30 F.

Species and varieties:

Vriesea carinata

Vriesea fosteriana

Vriesea Gemma

Vriesea gigantea

Vriesea hieroglyphica

Vriesea 'Kitteliana'

Vriesea ospinae

Vriesea pabstii

Vriesea scalaris

Vriesea splendens

Vriesea Splenriet

Vriesea zamorensis

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Welwitschia mirabilis, Welwitschia, Tumboa

Welwitschia mirabilis

Welwitschia, Tumboa
Family: Welwitschiaceae
Origin: Namib Desert
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliage

This is a strange, bizarre desert plant which grows from a short, thick trunk, with only two leaves that continuously grow from their base, and a long, thick taproot. After germination, the cotyledons grow to 25-35 mm in length, and are followed shortly afterwards by the appearance of the two permanent leaves. These leaves are produced opposite that of the cotyledons, and continue to grow throughout the life of the plant, eventually growing to 2-4 m long and usually becoming split into several strap-shaped sections.

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