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Siphonchilus sp.

Siphonchilus sp.

Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadePink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Siphonochilus is a genus of plants native to sub-Saharan Africa.

This genus usually goes dormant from November-May.

See Article about African gingers by John Banta.





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Sisyrinchium sp., Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium macrocarpum

Sisyrinchium sp.

Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: North America
USDA Zone: 4-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Sisyrinchium sp. or Blue-eyed Grass typically reaches 2-5 feet tall and prefers to be planted in a sunny location with regular waterings. These plants feature white, off-white, blue, lavender, and purple flowers. Some varieties will even produce yellow or orange flowers.

Sisyrinchium sp.can be grown in USDA Zones 4-9. In colder regions, it is best to plant Sisyrinchium sp.in pots and bring it indoors during the coldest parts of winter.

When caring for this plant, it is important to give the plants plenty of sun and water regularly. If grown in a pot, they should be planted in a well-draining potting soil and should be given more frequent watering than if grown in the ground as the soil will tend to be more moist. They should be fertilized once every few months with a balanced fertilizer,.



Sisyrinchium sp., Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
Sisyrinchium sp., Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium tolucense
Sisyrinchium sp., Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium striatum
Sisyrinchium sp., Blue-eyed Grass, Golden-eyed Grass, Yellow-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium striatum


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Skimmia sp., Skimmia
Skimmia x confusa

Skimmia sp.

Skimmia
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: Japan, China, South East Asia
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Skimmia is native to parts of Japan, China, and South East Asia. It is a small shrub, growing up to two to five feet in height and width, with a rounded, upright shape. This evergreen shrub is known for its bright, glossygreen leaves and small, white, off-white flowers that appear in spring and autumn. These flowers are attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial garden visitors.

Skimmia is easy to care for, preferring semi-shade (though it can take full sun) and regular water. Skimmias are highly cold hardy, probably at least to the thirties Fahrenheit for a short period of time. Grown in climates with USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10, Skimmia is an ideal choice for gardens in mild climates.

When grown in containers, a well-draining potting soil can be used to provide a good growing environment for Skimmia. For colder regions, it is important to make sure that the pot is covered or brought inside during the winter. You can also use insulation to cover the pot or even wrap it in bubble wrap to help insulate against frost. With the right care, Skimmia will continue to provide a stunning display in any garden.





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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia

Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Andes from Colombia to Northern Argentina
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular 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.EdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Smallanthus sonchifolius, also known as Yakon or Bolivian Sunroot, is a plant native to the Andes that is grown from Colombia to Northern Argentina. The plant typically grows to a height of 2-5 feet and prefers full sun and well-draining soils. Yellow to orange flowers can be expected throughout the growing season.

The edible roots of Yacon are very juicy and crisp and have a flavor that resembles a blend of watermelon, apple, and pear. Its sweetness derives from the low-calorie sugar substitute it contains, making it an ideal addition to weight loss plans or low-sugar diets. In addition to its culinary uses, Yacon has long been used as a medicine by many cultures. Its leaves are often used as a wrap for food during cooking, while its roots are known to have anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic properties.

Yacon is a hardy plant and can tolerate temperatures down to at least 30F for a short period of time, making it suitable for gardens in USDA zones 7-10. In warmer regions, it can be planted in the ground and can produce up to 30 tubers per plant. However, in cold regions, it is best grown in containers to protect the tubers from freezing.

The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked and can be added to a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, stir-fries, juices, and fried dishes. They can also be stored for up to ten days by wrapping them in newspaper and storing them in a cool, dark place.

Overall, Yacon is a delicious and versatile plant with a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. It is also a unique and fun plant to grow for a fall harvest.





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Sobralia sp., Sobralia
Sobralia rosea

Sobralia sp.

Sobralia
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Central America, South America
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowers

Sobralia are a genus of plants native to Central and South America, and the Caribbean basin. They are small shrubs or perennial herbs, normally growing to a height of between 2 and 5 feet. They like semi-shade and require regular watering to thrive. The species of Sobralia are flowers of various colors: pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender, purple, red, crimson, and vinous, as well as yellow and orange.

In terms of growing and plant care of Sobralia, they are easily cultivated in pots or gardens in USDA zone 9-11, particularly if you have the correct soil and light requirements. Sobralia can withstand periods of cool weather, and are known to have tough leaves that make them tolerant of drought and frost. In colder climates, growing Sobralia in a pot and sheltering it from cold winds may be appropriate for optimal health and growth. In these spots, a potting soil that drains well, but stays moist, is ideal. Additionally, a layer of mulch will help protect the roots from harsh winter temperatures. To keep the soil moist, providing regular, but not excessive, waterings is recommended.

In general, Sobralia plants thrive when given the correct growing conditions and soil types, as well as adequate water, fertilizations and protection from cold weather. With the correct growing requirements, Sobralia can bring amazing color and life to your garden.





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