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Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear

Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus

Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Central America, Caribbean
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

Acanthocereus tetragonus is a tall, columnar cactus that reaches a height of 2-7 m. Flowers are open from midnight until dawn, attracting hummingbird moths.

Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles' is a dwarf, columnar, branching, slow growing cactus. The Fairy Castles Cactus is the colorful name by which the plant is marketed and refers to the numerous vertical stems of different heights that resemble spires and turrets.



Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles'
Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles'


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Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad

Acanthostachys strobilacea

Pinecone Bromeliad
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterYellow/orange flowersThorny or spiny

Epiphytic plant with long pendant, very narrow, succulent and channeled leaves deep green with gray scurf and spiny; inflorescence on reed like stems bearing red cone like fruit. A clumping plant that's great for a hanging basket. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.



Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad


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Acanthus ilicifolius, Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove

Acanthus ilicifolius

Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India, Polynesia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple 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.Thorny or spinyFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

It is a semi-woody, sprawling shrub sometimes up to 3 m tall. Its stems are shiny green with speckles, and a pair of spines at the leaf's angles.

It grows in mangrove forest, pure freshwater or waterlogged areas, and on dry land.





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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Acanthus montanus

Acanthus sp.

Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Mediterranean Basin, Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduousThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.

Several species, especially A. balcanicus, A. spinosus and A. mollis, are grown as ornamental plants.





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Acanthus montanus - Alligator Plant

Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.
See picture of alligator skin.

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Aegle marmelos, Bael, Bengal Quince, Indian Bael, Wood Apple, Matoom

Aegle marmelos

Bael, Bengal Quince, Indian Bael, Wood Apple, Matoom
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: India
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterFragrantEthnomedical 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.EdibleThorny or spinyUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

This plant is a medium sized tree that grows up to 40ft.This plant is known to posses some medicinal properties. All parts of this tree including, the roots, leaves, trunk, fruits, and seeds, are used for curing one human ailment, or another. The fruits are usually eaten by people.They taste like marmalade, and smell like roses. They are also used in the preparation of many medicines in villages. These protein-rich fruits are also used in making some very good drinks. They can also make a wonderful jam. The plant easily withstands long periods of drought, which are needed for better fruit yields. It grows in most soil and climate types, and requires little care when established.





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Aegle marmelos - seeds

Bael, Bengal quince, Indian bael, Wood apple, Matoom. The fruits taste like marmelade, and smell like roses. The offering of bael leaves is a compulsory ritual of the worship of Lord Shiva in the hills. This importance seems largely due to its medicinal properties. All parts of this tree, root, leaf, trunk, fruit and seed, are used for curing one human ailment or another.
Plant seeds as soon as received using well draining soil mixture, keep damp, warm and in bright light.
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