Attractive and adaptable, this evergreen herbaceous perennial from South Africa produces sturdy-stemmed clusters (umbels) of orange trumpet-shaped blooms above a graceful fountain of strappy, fibrous, dark green foliage. Flowering usually occurs in winter and spring, but occasionally at other seasons. Many cultivars are available including yellow-flowered and variegated selections.
This bulbous, freeze-intolerant plant thrives in partial shade and porous, gritty but humus-rich, well-drained soil....
Attractive and adaptable, Clivia miniata is an evergreen herbaceous perennial native to South Africa. Belgian Strain plants produce stout-stemmed umbels of wide-mouthed, bell-shaped, orange or yellow blooms above a compact clump of broad, strappy, fibrous, dark green foliage. Flowering usually occurs in winter and spring, but occasionally at other seasons.
This plant thrives in partial shade and humus-rich, well drained soil. Use as a conservatory or house plant, or in perennial borders or mixed...
Attractive and adaptable, Clivia miniata is an evergreen herbaceous perennial native to South Africa. French Strain clivias produce stout-stemmed umbels of wide-mouthed, orange blooms above a compact clump of broad, strappy, fibrous, dark green foliage. Flowering usually occurs in winter and spring, but occasionally at other seasons.
This plant thrives in partial shade and humus-rich, well drained soil. Use as a conservatory or house plant, or in perennial borders or mixed plantings where hardy.
(Clivia, Victorian Peach® Clivia)
Attractive and adaptable, Victorian Peach® is a selection of an evergreen herbaceous perennial from South Africa, and produces umbels of large, creamy yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers with peach throats in the early spring. The flowers rise on sturdy stems from a graceful fountain of large, strappy, dark-green leaves joined in a thick base. Red berries follow the flowers. When the plant is not in flower, the leaves remain showy.
This bulb-like perennial thrives in partial shade and humus-rich, well-drained...
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(Argentine Trumpet Vine, Painted Trumpet, Violet Trumpet Vine)
What a beautiful flowering vine for southern climes! A South American native, violet trumpet vine is a vigorous, evergreen climber with glossy dark green leaves. From spring to summer it produces many tubular, five-petaled blooms of pale lavender-blue to lavender-rose with darker veining and pale yellow throats. These are attractive to bees and hummingbirds and are followed by prickly green fruits.
Violet trumpet vine grows and flowers best in full to partial sun and average to fertile soil...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Seagrape brings to mind sand, sun, and beaches, which is its native habitat from Florida to the Caribbean and South America. It can grow into a multi-trunked tree or sprawling shrub, depending on site conditions. Its leaves are large and circular with a rounded cleft at the base. Leaf color is dull green, often with red veins, and new leaves are often red-bronze. Its fragrant flowers are inconspicuous, ivory-colored and appear on stalked spikes. Plants are dioecious, meaning that male and female...
(Hispaniola Silver Thatch Palm, Silver Palm)
A graceful palm with its tall, star-shaped canopy of deeply cut leaves, the Hispaniola silver thatch palm flashes its silvery leaf undersides in the breeze. This evergreen, slow-growing palm is native to the grasslands and pine forests on the island of Hispaniola in the central Caribbean. It is sometimes called the Dominican silver thatch palm. It usually grows as a single-trunk plant, and is among the tallest growing species in the Coccothrinax genus.
The leaves are borne on fairly...
(Barbados Silver Palm, Silver Palm, Thatch Palm)
The Barbados silver palm is one of the tallest and fastest growing silver thatch palm species. It also produces so many seeds that you often seen this normally solitary-trunk palm in a cluster of variously sized plants at its base. This evergreen palm is native to the coastal scrublands in Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago and northern Venezuela. No matter how tall this palm gets, the trunk never seems to get wider than 6 inches (15 cm). Aerial roots often rise from the trunk base.
The leaves are borne...
(Borhidis Guano Palm, Guano)
The tight clusters of stiff, bluish green leaves on the Borhidis guano palm are most beautiful when viewed from above. For that reason alone, it's worthwhile acquiring young plants to enjoy for years in the garden before the trunk elongates. This evergreen palm is native only to the coasts of Cuba, where it is now endangered. It is very slow-growing, and becomes a short single-trunk palm over several decades. Old, dead leaves in the canopy persist, creating a brown petticoat.
The leaves have...
(Old Man Palm, Thatch Palm)
Once you see the thickly thatched trunk of the old man palm, you'll understand why some people insist it looks like Cousin It from the Addams Family! This threatened evergreen palm is native only to Cuba, where it sparsely inhabits grasslands and hillsides. It is slow-growing, and eventually becomes a two-story-tall, single-trunk palm over several decades. In windy growing conditions, the beard-like thatch is shed on oldest plants.
The leaves have fairly long petiole stems, causing the round...