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Vanilla pompona, West Indian Vanilla

Vanilla pompona

West Indian Vanilla
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Mexico
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantSpice or herb

Vanilla pompona, West Indian Vanilla


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Vanilla sp., Vanilla Orchid
Vanilla pompona

Vanilla sp.

Vanilla Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: tropical America, tropical Asia, West Africa
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantSpice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This genus of vine-like plants has a monopodial climbing habitus. They can form long thin stems with a length of more than 35 m, with alternate leaves spread along their length. The short, oblong, dark green leaves of Vanilla are thick and leathery, even fleshy in some species. But there are also a significant number of species that have their leaves reduced to scales or have become nearly or totally leafless and appear to use their green climbing stems for photosynthesis. Long and strong aerial roots grow from each node.

Most Vanilla flowers have a sweet scent.





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Verticordia sp., Featherflowers
Verticordia plumosa

Verticordia sp.

Featherflowers
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Verticordia are known for their feather-like or fringed flowers, the beauty of these is invariably included in any description. This has been accompanied by a high desirability as a garden plant, and as a cut flower.

Not all Verticordias are small shrubs. For example Verticordia grandis grows to about two metres and throughout summer produces beautiful red flowers - the largest flowers of the genus.





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Viminaria juncea, Native Broom, Golden Spray

Viminaria juncea

Native Broom, Golden Spray
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeKeep soil moistRegular waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This tough shrub also tolerates some extreme conditions, including soils that are wet in winter, but dry in summer and it too is fast-growing. In wet soils with poor drainage it will help to pump water out to make the area less boggy for other plants to grow in. Very rapid, clean growth in almost any soil is one great advantage of the species which can be put to any garden use in sun or shade.



Viminaria juncea, Native Broom, Golden Spray


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Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape

Vitis cinerea

Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Family: Vitaceae
Origin: Texas
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

Vitis cinerea is an American native grape. The leaves are cordiform-emarinate, flabby, dull, limb finely wrinkled (like crepe) between the sub-veins. The fruits of Vitis cinerea are sweet-tart when mature and edible.

The preference is partial sun, moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil.



Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape
Vitis cinerea, Winter Grape, Possum Grape, Graybark Grape


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