Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock. Spectacular bloomer!... more
Calliandra selloi (brevipes) Pink Lilian
Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock. Spectacular bloomer! Attractive shrub with finely divided leaves and clusters of red powder-puff flowers. It is native to southeastern Brazil, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. One of the most beautiful of the Calliandra species, it is a medium- to large-sized shrub with a graceful growth habit. Silky, pink-white, powder-puff-like flowers appear during the summer months. The fine foliage is an attractive mid-green color.
The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters... more
Callicarpa americana - American Beautyberry
The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters that encircle the stem. Spring flowers and beautiful fall fruit make this an attractive landscape plant. This Florida Native is easy to grow: pretty hardy and very drought tolerant.
Dwarf Bottlebrush, Popular plant in dwarf version.... more
Callistemon Little John - Dwarf Bottlebrush
Dwarf Bottlebrush, Popular plant in dwarf version. Good for container growing or small garden. Small shrub 2-3 ft tall with showy bright red flowers during spring-summer. Drought tolerant once established. See Article about this plant.
Canna Tropicanna with its bright tangerine blooms... more
Canna Tropicanna with its bright tangerine blooms and bronze striped foliage, is a must have for the tropical garden. This canna is sure to make a statement even when not in bloom. The foliage is striking with its bronze, green and fuchsia colors. Each stem will produce blooms year round when mature. Adds instant color in mixed containers or landscapes. Tolerates flooding, grows well along waterline. Used in seed jewelry. This species is also used for necklaces and rosaries in India.
Collectable variety of Canna Lily with bright red... more
Canna x Australia
Collectable variety of Canna Lily with bright red flowers and burgundy leaves. Each stem will produce blooms year round when mature. Adds instant color in mixed containers or landscapes. Perennial growing up to 6-7 ft, with long narrow leaves and showy red flowers. Tolerates flooding, grows well along waterline. Used in seed jewelry. This species is also used for necklaces and rosaries in India.
A dwarf Canna, the Madeira will shine in the border... more
Canna x Madiera
A dwarf Canna, the Madeira will shine in the border of any garden. Its blooms are a lovely red with subtle, yellow edging. Each stem will produce blooms year round when mature. Adds instant color in mixed containers or landscapes.
Jamaica Caper Tree, Mustard Tree. Jamaica caper produces... more
Capparis cynophallophora - Jamaica Caper
Jamaica Caper Tree, Mustard Tree. Jamaica caper produces large quantities of flowers with white petals and many purple stamens, which extend beyond the petals. Fruit are slender, rust-colored pods which split open to expose orange-red seeds. The dense, strong Jamaica caper is very wind resistant and extremely salt tolerant.
Cissus discolor, native to Java and Cambodia, is a... more
Cissus discolor - Rex Begonia Vine
Cissus discolor, native to Java and Cambodia, is a fast growing, exotic looking, trailing vine, which is sometimes called Tapestry Vine or Rex Begonia Vine. It is not a begonia, but the medium sized lance shaped leaves have the bright colors of Rex Begonia leaves. The leaves are dark green with silver and purple blotches. It makes a gorgeous hanging basket. Thanks to its large, striking leaves and climbing growth, Cissus discolor has become a popular houseplant. The leaves and stems produce a natural secretion, tiny opaque dots, called cystolyths. Grow this Cissus in a hanging basket or let it climb up a trellis.
Veld grape - unusual succulent vine with tendrils,... more
Cissus quadrangularis - Veld grape
Veld grape - unusual succulent vine with tendrils, fleshy 3-lobed leaves and quandrangular 4-winged stem and grape-shaped leaves, used medicinally to help fractures heal faster. Good for hanging baskets.
Perfect neglect plant! Grow it either as house plant,... more
Cissus rotundifolia - Arabian Wax Leaf
Perfect neglect plant! Grow it either as house plant, hanging basket, fast growing ground cover, or decorate your patio with it. It needs no attention and will reward your "no-efforts" with beautiful waxy foliage. Cissus rotundifolia comes from East Africa. It has green stems with almost round leaves. The leaves are fleshy, waxy, toothed and of a deep green color. Tendrils arise opposite young leaves and the plant climbs on supports with their help. Needs very little water.
Winter Starburst - rare variegated form, tri-color... more
Clerodendrum quadriloculare Var. Brandonii - variegated Starburst
Winter Starburst - rare variegated form, tri-color leaves. Beautiful small tree or bush. Very rare plant and is hard to propagate. Cuttings root not as readily as common clerodendrums. It is a pretty cold hardy and strong plant in spite of variegation that usually makes plant less vigorous.
Small leathery, pear shaped leaves on compact, rounded... more
Clusia fluminensis Nana - Dwarf Autograph Tree
Small leathery, pear shaped leaves on compact, rounded shrub, with small light pink flowers. The leaves have a special effect: you may write with a sharp stick on the surface, and the writing will stay forever. Thus the common name of this plant!
Brazilian Clusia, Porcelain Flower. Very rare small... more
Clusia orthoneura - Porcelain Flower
Brazilian Clusia, Porcelain Flower. Very rare small shrub with waxy and thick leaves and gorgeous flowers with mauve throats that look almost artificial. The flower stays on the plant for a few days. The shrub has naturally round shape and produces thick air-roots at the base of the stem. Blooms from late winter through spring and summer. Cold hardy to zone 9b. Perfect container plant or can be gown as a specimen in a small garden.
Clusias, with their beautiful "porcelain" flowers,... more
Clusia rosea Aureo Variegata - Variegated Autograph Tree
Clusias, with their beautiful "porcelain" flowers, are the easiest plants to grow. It will forgive you if you forget to water it... Takes both sun or shade. Very slow growing and can be used as a potted specimen. The plant forms interesting aerial roots. Small leathery, pear shaped leaves on compact, rounded shrub, with small light pink flowers. The leaves have a special effect: you may write with a sharp stick on the surface, and the writing will stay forever. Thus the common name of this plant!
Coccothrinax crinita (Old Man Palm). It is truly remarkable... more
Coccothrinax crinita - Old Man Palm
Coccothrinax crinita (Old Man Palm). It is truly remarkable trunk with a thick, fibrous, wooly material all over the trunk, even on small specimens. It prefers a sunny warm place and needs well drained soil. Very slow growing.
This Black colocasia is a must for black plant fanatics.... more
Colocasia esculenta Black Magic
This Black colocasia is a must for black plant fanatics. It has large matte black, heart shaped leaves on black/purple leaf stalks. As with most elephant ears, moist soil and high nutrition are the keys to great specimens. In shade leaves turn dark green. Once moved to bright sun, they turn back to black. In cooler subtropical climates leaves die back and the plant emerges from a rhizome in spring.
This astonishing elephant ear is well-named, it really... more
Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant
This astonishing elephant ear is well-named, it really does look like something that would grow for the giant! The foliage is absolutely massive, many feet long and wide, with a glossy texture, prominent ribbing, and a rich blue-green cast that lightens to chartreuse around the edges. Jack's Giant is a triploid, meaning it has three times the chromosomal power of most other elephant ears. And you will see the power in your garden! Jack's Giant is native to East Asia and India, and certainly lends a big splash of tropical flair to any garden setting. Reaching at least 7 feet tall and 5 to 8 feet wide, it thrives in moist to boggy or even wet soils, preferring those that are well enriched with organic matter. In wintertime, however, it needs much drier conditions to keep from rotting. Good drainage and consistent moisture is the solution, with a siting in sun to light shade. Find a position of prominence for this extraordinary plant. It could easily become the focal point of the patio or deck, or join taller shrubs and trees around the perimeter of the property. As a specimen it is unforgettable, yet it is quite easy to grow and needs no maintenance.
A new hybrid with unusual leaf pattern of black and... more
Colocasia esculenta Midnight
A new hybrid with unusual leaf pattern of black and green. Incredible contrasting blacks and greens adorn its leaves. This camouflage effect is matched with light green stems streaked with dark purple that fade up to pink, with chartreuse highlights mixed in to create a totally wild and exotic scene in the summer garden. No two leaves are the same. Even the stems are highlighted with stripes. Grows more compact than other Elephant Ears, making it an excellent choice for a large container.
Introduced at the 2000 International Aroid Society... more
Colocasia esculenta Nancys Revenge (Nancyana)
Introduced at the 2000 International Aroid Society meeting in Florida, this dazzling elephant ear became the most wanted plant at the meeting. Emerging solid green, the 25" wide light green leaves begin turning butter cream-yellow along the center. The color then pours down into the main vein creating a huge bold Y-pattern in the center of the leaf. Color then bursts into the lateral (side) veins and begins its march to the margins. Coloring starts in spring, shortly after the first leaves mature. It sends out lots of side stolons which will root into the soil where moisture is adequate. The more moisture the larger the plant will grow.
Pharaoh Mask has bright green leaves that are accentuated... more
Colocasia esculenta Pharaoh Mask
Pharaoh Mask has bright green leaves that are accentuated by bulging purple veins, creating an unusual 3D effect that is impossible to ignore. At maturity, the leaf edges curve under, showing off the purple veins even more. Strong, dark stems, the same color of the veins, support individual leaves like masquerade masks. A nice cluster of them make for a big impact with the stripped foliage and dark stems that is unlike any elephant ear on the market.
Colocasia Tea Cup (or Coffee Cups) has cupped up leaves.... more
Colocasia esculenta Tea Cup, Tea Party
Colocasia Tea Cup (or Coffee Cups) has cupped up leaves. It is one of a kind, for sure! The leaves hold themselves very upright in an inverted cup like pose. They will fill up with water and then slightly tip over and pour it out. Tea Cup can put on a spectacular show. When the sun shines down on Tea Cup leaves, it illuminates the leaf tissue around the dark purple veins, which gives it a very spectacular look. This is just one of those plants that were its architectural form will blow you away! The stems are dark maroon and look almost black.
The biggest leaf on planet! Taro is native to South India and Southeast Asia. It is primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and South Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. It is known by many local names and often referred to as "elephant ears" when grown as an ornamental plant. The corms, which have a light purple color due to phenolic pigments, are roasted, baked or boiled, and the natural sugars give a sweet nutty flavor. The starch is easily digestible, and since the grains are fine and small it is often used for baby food. The leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C and contain more protein than the corms. RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER: SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster