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Steudnera discolor, Steudnera

Steudnera discolor

Steudnera
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Origin: Burma
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowers


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Stictocardia beraviensis, Ipomoea beraviensis, Hawaiian Bell, Hawaiian Sunset Vine, Braveheart Vine

Stictocardia beraviensis, Ipomoea beraviensis

Hawaiian Bell, Hawaiian Sunset Vine, Braveheart Vine
Family: Convolvulaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Every one who saw Hawaiian sunsets will recognize the dramatic view in colors of this blossom. The stunning flower has splendid rich tones that are a marvel to see! This tropical vine is definitely a must in any tropical collection since it has so many great features: fast growing, takes from fun sun to deep shade, beautiful tri-color sunset-bright scented flowers, large tropical-looking velvet leaves, blooms sporadically year round, relatively cold hardy, can be grown in container and easily controlled. You can have an outstanding specimen even if you have a limited space!

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Stictocardia beraviensis - Hawaiian Sunset Bell

Hawaiian Sunset Bell. The stunning flower has splendid rich tones that are a marvel to see! This tropical vine is definitely a must in any tropical collection since it has so many great features: fast growing, takes from fun sun to deep shade, beautiful tri-color sunset-bright scented flowers, large tropical-looking velvet leaves, blooms sporadically year round, relatively cold hardy, can be grown in container and easily controlled. See Article about this plant.

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Stifftia chrysantha, Pompom, Golden-flowered Stifftia, Rabo-de-Cutia, Esponja, Flor de Amizade, Pincel, Esponja de Oro

Stifftia chrysantha

Pompom, Golden-flowered Stifftia, Rabo-de-Cutia, Esponja, Flor de Amizade, Pincel, Esponja de Oro
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Brazil
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Stifftia chrysantha is an exotic, rare flowering small tree with spectacular flowers, endemic to the vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil called Cerrado.

It grows into a bushy, attractive tree between 8 and 15 ft. tall, and starts flowering within 1.5 - 2.5 years from seed. It is a very rewarding plant that blooms 9 months out of the year, starting in Winter with great intensity during July-September, with each flower staying on the plant for several weeks. Seeds ripen from September through November.

The tree belongs to Aster family and has nothing to do with Powderpuffs which are from Bean (Fabaceae) family. The flower has 30 to 40 green, imbricated scales with short hairs, and actinomorphic corollas are orange below and darker above. After flowering, the inflorescence blows apart, which would scatter seeds. The dried center remaining is very attractive, like a small dried flower, and lasts for many months.

Stifftia can be grown in full sun to partial shade and is relatively cold tolerant, can take short cold spells. Young plants have delicate tender leaves that need protection from hot sun, filtered light required until established.

Stifftia doesn't like wet feet and heavy/soggy soils; requires very well drained, acidic soil. We strongly recommend to use our professional soilless mix. Let soil slightly dry between waterings. Stifftia prefers acidic soils so if your well water is high in calcium, try to water my young plants with rain water (coming from a collection barrel). When making growing media specifically for Stifftia and other acid-loving plants, never add limestone or Dolomite to the mix.

The plant can be grown in full sun to partial shade and is relatively cold tolerant, can take short cold spells. If grown in a pot, try to keep the container shaded because roots don't like to be overheated. The plant needs monthly applications of slow release fertilizer as well as extra iron - use micro-nutrients to keep leaves green and healthy.

In Brazil is is very popular as ornamental, and flowers are commercialized for floral arrangement.





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Stigmaphyllon ciliatum, Orchid Vine, Amazon Vine, Golden Vine

Stigmaphyllon ciliatum

Orchid Vine, Amazon Vine, Golden Vine
Family: Malpighiaceae
Origin: tropical America
Vine or creeperFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowers

Carefree slender vine with large heads of bright yellow flowers resembling oncidium orchids. Blooms profusely spring to fall. The flowers are reminiscent of those of the Lagerstroemia in form, each petal expanding abruptly from a narrow basal claw. They measure a little over 1in across and are brilliant yellow in color. It thrives in sun or light shade and well drained soil, with moderate watering.





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Stigmaphyllon emarginatum, Stigmaphyllon periplocifolium, Monarch Amazonvine

Stigmaphyllon emarginatum, Stigmaphyllon periplocifolium

Monarch Amazonvine
Family: Malpighiaceae
Origin: tropical America
Vine or creeperFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowers

It has slender, twining stems set every few inches with flat, heart-shaped leaves up to 4in long. The flowers are reminiscent of those of the Lagerstroemia in form, each petal expanding abruptly from a narrow basal claw. They measure a little over 1in across and are brilliant yellow in color. It thrives in sun or light shade and well drained soil, with moderate watering.





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