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Aerides odorata, Fragrant Aerides

Aerides odorata

Fragrant Aerides
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Indochina, Himalaya
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersFragrant

This species is a large to giant sized, highly variable, hot to cool growing epiphyte. Like related genera, Aerides are best grown in open slatted baskets. Aerides species require ample water, every day in warm climates. 70% or higher relative humidity is beneficial although the plants can be grown lower. They require bright filtered light with some direct sunlight in the morning, semi-shade area placement is perfect.



Aerides odorata, Fragrant Aerides


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Aframomum sp., Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Aframomum mildbraedii

Aframomum sp.

Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadePink flowersWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersSpice or herbSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The genus Aframomum is well known in African forests because the bright red, fleshy fruit of several species contain a sweet juicy pulp and is eaten widely by primates and other mammals.

Aframomum melegueta is a herbaceous perennial plant native to swampy habitats along the West African coast. Its trumpet-shaped, purple flowers develop into 5- to 7-cm long pods containing numerous small, reddish-brown seeds.

Seeds of this rare Ginger are similar in flavor to cardamom and used as a pungent spice. This Ginger has many bioactives, great for digestive and intestinal health. The plant has many other medicinal values: anti-diabetic and anti-obese mechanisms, aphrodisiac and testosterone boosting properties. Aframomum melegueta may be promising for a spice to add to a diet in hopes of body recomposition. Studies show this spice increases sexual behavior.



Aframomum sp., Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Aframomum melegueta
Aframomum sp., Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Aframomum sp., Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Aframomum melegueta
Aframomum sp., Aframomum, Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise
Aframomum melegueta


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Aframomum melegueta - Grains of Paradise, African Cardamom

Grains of Paradise, African Cardamom. Seeds of this rare Ginger are similar in flavor to cardamom and used as a pungent spice. This Ginger has many bioactives, great for digestive and intestinal health. The plant has many other medicinal values: anti-diabetic and anti-obese mechanisms, aphrodisiac and testosterone boosting properties. Aframomum melegueta may be promising for a spice to add to a diet in hopes of body recomposition. Studies show this spice increases sexual behavior.

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Aganosma marginata, Khruea Sai Tan

Aganosma marginata

Khruea Sai Tan
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: SE Asia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeperFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical 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.

Aganosma marginata, also known as the Kruea Sai Tan, is a large shrub, typically growing in between 5-10 feet. Native to Southeast Asia, it is mainly grown in the USDA Zone 9-11, although it can tolerate colder temperatures in certain conditions. This shrub is a woody, climbing plant with white latex and flowers that have a pleasant and richly fragrant aroma.

The Kruea Sai Tan can have a variety of uses including being used as an ornamental, a screening plant or even for covering wires. Additionally, it has many ethnic and medicinal uses in Southeast Asian herbal and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

When planted, the Kruea Sai Tan needs to be given both ample water and plenty of direct sunlight, especially during the growing season. Fertilizers may also be added to give it additional nutrients and it should be away from sources of excessive wind and frost. A well-draining soil is also important. When keeping it in containers, the drainage holes should be regularly checked to avoid water-logging of the roots.

The Kruea Sai Tan is a beautiful addition to any garden. With an appropriate irrigation and drainage regime, it can thrive and produce an abundance of vibrant flowers to enjoy. Furthermore, it is tolerant to maritime exposure, making it an ideal choice for those living in coastal regions. However, if you are living in a cold climate, you must take extra care of the plant to ensure its health and growth.




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Agapanthus sp., African Lily

Agapanthus sp.

African Lily
Family: Amaryllidaceae    (Formerly:Alliaceae / Liliaceae /Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agapanthoideae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Sky blue funnel-shaped flowers occur in many-flowered cymes on long, erect stems. Agapanthus is originating from Southern Africa. Both deciduous and evergreen, some have thick, strappy leaves and others grass-like foliage. They range from fully hardy to half hardy, with the evergreen varieties generally the most tender.





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Agathosma gonaquensis, Gonaqua Buchu

Agathosma gonaquensis

Gonaqua Buchu
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: Southern Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite, off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical 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.

This plant is low-lying, compact, rounded and spreading. It produces masses of white flowers, and the natural oils within its leaves produce a pleasant fragrance when the foliage is crushed or handled. Once established, it withstands both drought and frost.




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