Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants... more
Acacia farnesiana - Sweet Mimosa
Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants that is very cold tolerant, blooms all winter through spring with honey-fragrant flowers - canary yellow powder puffs, attracting bees and butterflies. This is a large size, multi-stem thorny shrub 15x15 ft that requires some space. It is very fast growing, can be used as a good screen plant. It will bring you joy with pretty flowers and sweet fragrance even during freeze snaps when other trees lose leaves and suffer. This one will continue blooming and stays evergreen - a real survivor! Tolerates poor soils and drought too. Provide regular water to establish quicker.
Butterfly weed - great butterfly attractor! Drought... more
Asclepias curassavica - Red Milkweed, Butterfly Weed
Butterfly weed - great butterfly attractor! Drought tolerant, tough plant. This plant is very attractive to butterflies. Long bloom period from late spring throughout the summer. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
Yellow Butterfly weed - great butterfly attractor! Drought tolerant, tough plant. This plant is very attractive to butterflies. Long bloom period from late spring throughout the summer. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
Super butterfly attractor! Clusters of pure white... more
Asclepias perennis - White Butterfly
Super butterfly attractor! Clusters of pure white flowers with a darker eye may be born throughout summer. One of the few shade tolerant Milkweeds and it is generally a fairly reliable perennial.The blooming period occurs from late spring to mid-summer (or sometimes later), lasting about 1-2 months. The flowers are mildly fragrant.
Variegated Purple Primrose, Chinese Violet. The brightly... more
Asystasia variegata - Variegated Chinese Violet
Variegated Purple Primrose, Chinese Violet. The brightly variegated leaves of yellow and dark green, make a great contrast with the flowers. It thrives in sun or partial shade and can tolerant dry conditions, heat, humidity, salty air, and poor nutrient soils. Give this easy growing plant good drainage and medium moisture for optimum growth. Can be used as a mass planting under large trees and borders in full sun, semi-shade or full shade. It is also a good container plant. Leaves have been eaten as spinach in India. This ground cover thrives in semi-shade and will also grow in sunny spots if it receives adequate moisture. It can be planted in any soil in the garden, but will do better if plenty of compost is added.
Tree Wisteria, Vanwykshout, Mogaba. This decorative,... more
Bolusanthus speciosus - Tree Wisteria
Tree Wisteria, Vanwykshout, Mogaba. This decorative, small tree has drooping, blue-mauve, fragrant, pea-like flowers that hang from the branches in bunches, often covering the whole tree. Slow growing. Hard to find plant.
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Bougainvillea arborea is a thornless and fragrant... more
Bougainvillea arborea - Thornless Bougainvillea Tree
Bougainvillea arborea is a thornless and fragrant species. Free-standing small bushy tree with lavender-pink blooms. Very rare variety very much wanted because its compact and slow growth habit. The tree usually doesn't need any trimming and keeps nice shape naturally without leggy branches.
Bougainvillea Sunvillea Rose (also called Dwarf Pixie)... more
Bougainvillea Dwarf Pixie
Bougainvillea Sunvillea Rose (also called Dwarf Pixie) is deep pink, almost a magenta in color. It blooms the brightest of fuchsia-pink bracts contrasting with its bright green foliage. If you're looking for a pick-me-up for your container gardens, or a dull space in the landscape, here's your winner! It is a dwarf form of thornless Bougainvillea with extremely slow growth rate. These showy evergreen dwarf beauties have numerous bright colorful bracts growing in an upright habit. This plant flowers in a small as a 4" pot and is great for landscapes and patio containers. It has a shape of natural bonsai, and leaves are smaller. Bright flowers are born in dense clusters. 3-4 y.o. plants can stay only 3-4 ft and look like natural bonsai trees. They stay compact, perfectly round and dense shape, don't require pruning, making a must-have for any garden, especially for the small spaces in your yard. See picture of the mature tree in 7 gal pot
Flame tree - very showy! This spectacular Australian... more
Brachychiton acerifolium - Flame tree
Flame tree - very showy! This spectacular Australian tree is often conical in shape with dark green glossy leaves, deeply lobed when young. The upper trunk is green. Bright red bell flowers occur when the tree is wholly or partly deciduous, and are followed by thick black pods. Very conspicuous in flower in gardens and in the rainforest.
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.
Hottentot Fig, Giant Pigface. Unusual plant from South... more
Carpobrotus acinaciformis - Hottentot Pigface
Hottentot Fig, Giant Pigface. Unusual plant from South Africa with leaves gray-green, saber-shaped and up to 3 in long. From spring to fall the plants bear purple flowers up to 6 in across that open only in the sun. Low growing, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, butterfly plant.
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.
Seagrape. Popular plant used as an ornamental in gardens... more
Coccoloba uvifera - Sea Grape
Seagrape. Popular plant used as an ornamental in gardens or indoors, subjected to salty winds and drought. It has stiff, rounded platter-like leaves shading from yellowish to olive green with prominent veins. Long clusters of berry-like fruit which follow are striking and give the tree its popular name. Somewhat acid in taste, the fruit can be used to make jelly. Very easy to grow and undemanding plant.
Perfect landscape plant for boarders, flowe beds and... more
Crocosmia sp. - Coppertips Grass, Falling Stars
Perfect landscape plant for boarders, flowe beds and rock gardens. Easy to grow grass-like perennial with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped red/orange flowers in summer.
Variegated Sky Flower is grown for its summer flowers... more
Duranta variegata - Variegated Sky Flower
Variegated Sky Flower is grown for its summer flowers and ornamental fruit. This evergreen fast growing shrub spreads and arches to 10 feet tall and wide and is great for live hedges and covering fences and corners. In the summer, cascading clusters of blue tubular flowers appear followed by wonderfully contrasting orange-yellow berries. This variegated form has creamy-yellow margins around the one inch long serrated leaves. In mild climates this plant can be in flower nearly year round with flowers and fruit appearing at the same time. It does best in full sun with frequent deep watering and is hardy to about 20-25F. A good choice for espaliers, as a small tree or large bush; all forms benefit from frequent selective pruning. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Great for providing a color contrast in the landscape, and is especially well-suited as a bright-colored background or screening. Prune back in late-winter to encourage a more compact shape and strong flush of fresh spring foliage. Requires moderate watering in a well-drained soil.
Monkey Ear, Ear Pod Tree, Elephant Ear Tree. Large... more
Enterolobium cyclocarpum - Monkey Ear
Monkey Ear, Ear Pod Tree, Elephant Ear Tree. Large feathery shade tree, fast growing. The legume pod is curled up and looks like an ear. The pods of this tree are used extensively as decoration and for crafts.
Peruvian Lily is very showy red flower that grows... more
Eucrosia bicolor - Peruvian Lily
Peruvian Lily is very showy red flower that grows from tropical bulbs that are very easy to grow and bloom. They go dormant for the winter. When dormant, keep the soil slightly moist and the pot in a shady location.
This is a rare cultivar from a private collection... more
Euphorbia decaryi var. Spirosticha
This is a rare cultivar from a private collection of Mark Hooten, hardly known in cultivation. Euphorbia decaryi is a small, perennial, leafy succulent with a shrub-like development and beautiful wavy, zig-zag edged leaves. It is a mat-forming species and spreads almost horizontally on the ground by means of rhizomes. The Euphorbia decaryi growth form illustrates the typical horizontal habit of most Madagascan euphorbias. Evergreen or semi-deciduous, leaves tufted in rosettes at the stems tips, deep-red and green colored, narrow, very succulent, highly undulate, folded and crisp with raised veins and very attractive. Leaves in summer and under stress assume a nice coppery-bronze coloring. Flowers are very curious, hanging like small bells.
Thornless Euphorbia. This semi-succulent shrub blooms... more
Euphorbia geroldii - Thornless Crown of Thorns
Thornless Euphorbia. This semi-succulent shrub blooms all summer with bright red flowers in pairs with yellow centers. With wider leaves than Euphorbia millii and no spine, it prefers semi-shade and likes more moisture than other similar Euphorbias. Collectible item. Low growing specimen. Can be used for bonsai.