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(Butterfly Flower, Red Cestrum)
From spring to early fall, red cestrum displays cute clusters of pinkish red, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A fast-growing evergreen shrub with arching branches, it is a Mexican native. The leaves are lance-shaped, mid-green and have tiny silvery hairs. Anytime from spring to early fall, when temperatures are warm and soil moisture plentiful, the small tubular flowers appear in tight clusters on twig tips. Each blossom is pink, pink-red or magenta, long and has five short,...
(Night Jessamine, Night-blooming Jasmine)
When the moon shines a heavenly fragrance announces night-blooming jasmine.
A member of the nightshade family, night-blooming jasmine is native to the tropical Americas and West Indies. It is a large, sprawling evergreen shrub with simple, waxy, oval-shaped leaves. Clusters of small, tubular,green-white to cream-colored flowers appear from spring to fall and are followed by berries that are most commonly white. Plants are most floriferous when weather is moist and warm.
(Chilean Jessamine, Willow Night-Jessamine)
At the tips of slender stems lined with narrow, willow-like leaves, Chilean jessamine blooms with clusters of muted-yellow, night-fragrant flowers in summer and autumn. A small, upright, deciduous shrub native to Chile, it dies to the ground after a frost, but grows as a perennial in cooler regions. The leaves are bright green when young, becoming mid to dark-green, and are long and narrowly linear or lance-shaped. From summer to autumn, the branch tips and nearby side stems show off clusters of...
Carol Cloud Bailey
The relatively short stature of this popular palm make it ideal for smaller landscapes and interiorscapes. Cat palm originates from southeastern Mexico where it naturally can be found growing in the damp forest understory and along moist stream sides. Plants tend to sucker and eventually form concentrated, dense clumps. Most cat palms are sold as container foliage plants for the houseplant market.
This attractive clump-forming palm produces green, elegantly arching, pinnately compound fronds....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped...
This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.
The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The airy, upright reed palm is a graceful, easy to grow and thrives in low light conditions. It remains short and manageable and forms suckering clumps of palm canes. Native populations exist from southeastern Mexico to Honduras and naturally inhabit the understory of moist, forested areas. It has been introduced to southern Florida where it tends to be found in disturbed forested areas.
Ferny, pinnately compound leaves of rich green crown this graceful palm year round. In summer, mature...