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Achimenes sp., Cupid's Bower, Hot Water Plant, Monkey-Faced Pansy, Magic Flower, Orchid Pansy

Achimenes sp.

Cupid's Bower, Hot Water Plant, Monkey-Faced Pansy, Magic Flower, Orchid Pansy
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Achimenes species and hybrids are commonly grown as greenhouse plants, or outdoors as bedding plants in subtropical regions. The species have been extensively hybridized, with many of the hybrids involving the large-flowered species A. grandiflora and A. longiflora. Many of the species and their hybrids have large, brightly colored flowers and are cultivated as ornamental greenhouse and bedding plants.





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Acmella sp., Acmella

Acmella sp.

Acmella
Family: Asteraceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorYellow/orange flowers

Acmella sp., Acmella
Acmella sp., Acmella
Acmella sp., Acmella
Acmella sp., Acmella


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Acmena smithii, Lilly Pilly

Acmena smithii

Lilly Pilly
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

The Lilly Pilly is fairly hardy and needs only a subtropical climate to flourish. Protection should be given from long or hard freezes. Plants enjoy profuse amounts of water, but will grow in drier areas. They grow best in areas of light sun or shade. Flowers are small and fluffy, with a creamy, white color. Flowering is generally Spring, and is followed by large bunches of the fruit which ripen a couple of months later.



Acmena smithii, Lilly Pilly
Acmena smithii, Lilly Pilly
Acmena smithii, Lilly Pilly
Acmena smithii, Lilly Pilly


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Acnistus arborescens, Hollowheart, Wild Tabbaco

Acnistus arborescens

Hollowheart, Wild Tabbaco
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Central and South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/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.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Acnistus arborescens is characterized as a shrubby, rapid growth tree that can attain ten or more feet in height.

Small flowers are followed by little orange tomato-like fruits.

Extracts from this plant have historically been used by natives as an herbal treatment for cancer.





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Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis, Bushman's Poison, Wintersweet

Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis

Bushman's Poison, Wintersweet
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantPoisonous or toxic

This shrub is one of three members of the genus, Acokanthera. It belongs to the same family as many popular subtropical ornamental plants such as frangipani, allamanda and oleander, as well as the impala lily and num-num. This family is characterized by having sweetly scented flowers and sticky, milky sap which is very poisonous. The Bushman's poison is a hardy drought. It's a frost resistant, evergreen shrub that tolerates full sun but prefers shade, it also does well as a container plant.



Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis, Bushman's Poison, Wintersweet
Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis, Bushman's Poison, Wintersweet
Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis, Bushman's Poison, Wintersweet


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