Gerald L. Klingaman
Vividly colored and scented foliage of the variegated chameleon plant is a great garden conversation piece. A rapidly growing, semi-deciduous perennial native to marshy, woodland scrub of eastern Asia, it naturally forms a groundcover or a mat in shallow freshwater verges. The leaves are what make ‘Chameleon’ different; they are oval to heart-shaped, arising from spreading underground stems or rhizomes and are brightly variegated in pink-red, pale yellow and green. Leaves have an unusual but refreshing...
(Forster Sentry Palm, Kentia Palm)
A common palm for home and tropical landscapes, Kentia palm is admired for its elegant, arching fronds. It originates from Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, east of Australia. Overall, it is slow-growing. Landscape specimens become quite large and develop a classic palm look with a bare trunk supporting a crown of long, pinnate palm fronds, but indoor, container-grown plants maintain a manageable size.
The long fronds of Kentia palm are dark green and the slender trunk brown. As trees age,...
James H. Schutte
(Porcelain Flower, Wax Flower)
Hoya 'Exotica' has variegated leaves, yellow with green margins blushed with pink. The leaves are smooth, brightly hued and strongly elliptical.
Wax plant is a member of the milkweed family and native to the area from south China to Australia. It is a trailing, tender perennial, shrubby vine. The stout, waxy leaves are oval to oblong in shape, dark green and held oppositely on the stems. The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night and produced in large, rounded clusters. Individual flowers are heavy,...
Hoya 'Krinkle 8'is a compact grower with heavy, green, indented leaves that have a crinkled appearance. The indentations are eight in number giving the plant its name.
Wax plant is a member of the milkweed family and native to the area from south China to Australia. It is a trailing, tender perennial, shrubby vine. The stout, waxy leaves are oval to oblong in shape, dark green and held oppositely on the stems. The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night and produced in large, rounded clusters....
South American in origin, water poppy is a beautiful tropical aquatic with leaves and flowers that float on the surface of the water. Its small, glossy green leaves and yellowish, poppy-like flowers are highly attractive and add charm to aquatic containers or water gardens. This perennial water plant is tender but can be be brought indoors if grown in areas with cold winters.
The small, heart-shaped leaves of water poppy are very shiny and bright green. They are supported by long, slender,...
Edward, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
(Costa Rican Dragon Fruit, Night-blooming Cactus, Purple Pitaya, Strawberry Pear Cactus)
The Costa Rican dragon fruit is an intriguing succulent cactus for a variety of reasons. This plant grows in seasonally wet-to-dry, porous soils in tropical forests from Nicaragua to Panama. Even though it is ground-dwelling, the slender leafless stems flop and clamber as if a vine, gaining support from tree trunks, rocks or walls. This species is renowned for its large white nocturnal flowers that are very short-lived. They measure up to 12-inches long (30 cm) by 12-inches wide (30 cm). Following...
Mbz1, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
(Dragon Fruit Cactus, Night-blooming Cactus, Red Pitaya)
The red pitaya or dragon fruit cactus is both a beautiful flowering plant and a source of food. This plant grows in seasonally wet-to-dry, porous soils in tropical forests. Its precise native range is unknown, but possibly from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, and some believe it is also native to the West Indies. It grows either as an epiphyte (on another plant) or in the ground, but always in an organic rich, porous medium. The slender leafless stems flop and clamber as if a vine, gaining support...