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(Florist Amaryllis, Hippeastrum, Minerva Florist Amaryllis)
Introduced in 1962 but still among the showiest and most popular "amaryllis" cultivars, 'Minerva' bears large brilliant coral-red flowers with white eyes and pale green throats. Don't let the common name fool you: like most so-called "amaryllis," this tender perennial bulb is a hybrid of the South American Hippeastrum rather than the South African Amaryllis.
The dark to medium green strap-like leaves grow from a large bulb and are nearly evergreen in moist frost-free climates....
(Common Mare's Tail)
The common mare’s tail is a prolific aquatic plant with bottlebrush-like green foliage. It can be found in wetlands across all of North America, save the Deep South and southeastern states, and is also found in waterways in South America, Eurasia, and even Australia. So it truly has a world or pandemic distribution.
Hardy and very vigorous, this perennial produces strong underground rhizomes which travel through water-logged soils and send up new shoots. Each hollow stem is lined with fine,...
James H. Schutte
(Chinese Hat Plant)
With weeping branches filled with small orange parasol-like flowers that are particularly numerous in from late fall to early spring, Chinese-hat plant is a large, sprawling evergreen tropical shrub native to the lower elevations of the southern Himalayas. First growing erect, the new, young branches dart outward and weep creating a scrambling plant that is almost vine-like. The small, medium green leaves are oval with a tip and are lightly felted. The flowers can occur throughout the year, but appear...
Handsome, shiny, dark green, heart-shaped leaves make ‘Emerald Gem’ a popular interior plant and groundcover for shady, tropical gardens. This lush, evergreen foliage plant thrives in warmth and humidity and is easy to grow if given the right environmental conditions.
Queen-of-hearts is a clump-forming plant with stiff, waxy leaves that are deep green and glossy. They are upright and held on long, flexible stems that arise from a grounded plant base. The leaf blades are heart or wedge-shaped...
Handsome, spotted leaves with purplish burgundy undersides lend ‘Purple Sword’ an appealing look for home interiors and shady, tropical gardens. This lush, evergreen foliage plant thrives in warmth and humidity and is easy to grow if given the right environmental conditions.
Queen-of-hearts is a clump-forming plant with stiff, waxy leaves that are attractive and glossy. They are upright and held on long, flexible stems that arise from a grounded plant base. The leaf blades are heart to nearly...
At first glance, Homalomena ‘Selby’ can easily be mistaken for a dumbcane (Dieffenbachia). Its handsome, glossy, apple-green leaves have dark green edges and spots, which lend an appealing look to home interiors and shady, tropical gardens. This lush, evergreen foliage plant thrives in warmth and humidity and is easy to grow if given the right environmental conditions.
Homalomena is a clump-forming plant with stiff, waxy leaves that are vibrant lime or apple green with...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
The genus Hoodia contains about 20 species of extremely drought tolerant succulent plants. They hail from dry southern Africa distributed over a very large range that includes Botswana, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Some species have been used by the desert Bushmen for appetite suppression during exceptionally long hunt.
These succulents are composed of thick upright stems that occasionally branch, but more often originate at the base of the plant. The skin is typically blue green...
A spiny succulent from the dry, sandy and rocky areas of southern Africa, Hoodia gordonii has been in the news lately. A low-growing perennial, this plant has long been used by the indigenous peoples in its native region. Hoodia was described in the 1700s and is now a threatened species were it originates.
When young, slow growing Hoodia usually produces a single, leafless, green angled stem covered with pointed tubercles. As the plants age, they grow faster and many...
James H. Schutte
(Chameleon Plant, Rainbow Plant)
Chameleon plant is a rapidly growing perennial native to marshy, woodland scrub of eastern Asia. It is a semi-deciduous groundcover or aquatic plant found in very shallow shoreline water. The leaves are oval to heart-shaped and emerge from spreading underground stems or rhizomes. The leaf color is blue-green, sometimes with a red margin and they have an unusual peppery-orange scent when crushed. The small, green flowers appear in summer on short, heavy spikes. Each flower spike has several larger,...