Kahuroa, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
(Dwarf Pohutukawa, Kermadec Pohutukawa)
A rare broadleaf evergreen tree from New Zealand, the Kermadec pohutukawa bears pompon-like scarlet flowers that look very much like those of the New Zealand Christmas tee (Metrosideros excelsa). Kermadec pohutukawa is native only to Raoul Island (in the Kermadec Islands group), from the coast to the highest elevations, in both arid and rainforest habitats. Usually it develops into a multi-trunked tree with a spreading, dome-like growth habit. The grayish brown bark is smooth to plated.
(Dwarf Pohutukawa, Kermadec Pohutukawa, Tahiti Kermadec Pohutukawa)
The exceptionally small 'Tahiti' is a very compact form of this typically large tree. It blooms continuously, but most heavily from late winter to spring, producing clusters of pretty, puffy orange-red blooms.
A rare broadleaf evergreen tree from New Zealand, the Kermadec pohutukawa bears pompon-like scarlet flowers that look very much like those of the New Zealand Christmas tee (Metrosideros excelsa). Kermadec pohutukawa is native only to Raoul Island (in the Kermadec Islands group),...
James H. Schutte
(Dwarf Pohutukawa, Kermadec Pohutukawa, Variegated Kermadec Pohutukawa)
Variegated Kermadec pohutukawa is shrubby form of this typically large tree that offers attractive pale yellow and green variegated foliage year round. It blooms continuously, but most heavily from late winter to spring, producing clusters of pretty, puffy scarlet blooms.
A rare broadleaf evergreen tree from New Zealand, the Kermadec pohutukawa bears pompon-like scarlet flowers that look very much like those of the New Zealand Christmas tee (Metrosideros excelsa). Kermadec pohutukawa...
(Joy Perfume Tree, Orange Champak)
Orange champak is a tropical broadleaf evergreen tree that's closely related to the magnolia. From the warm southern slopes of the Himalayan Mountains in India and China, this tree is renowned for its tremendously fragrant flowers that are borne nearly year-round, but most heavily from spring until early winter. With age, it develops a beautifully rounded canopy.
The fragrant blossoms occur at the branch ends among the elliptical, medium green leaves. They are yellowish orange and emit a sweet...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Clowe's Miltonia Orchid)
Flowering sparsely but over an extended period from summer to late fall, Miltonia clowesii bears small starry blooms of pink and white with yellow and rusty red banded petals. An evergreen tropical orchid that is epiphytic (grows on another plant), Clowe's miltonia is native to the humid coastal and montane rainforests of southeastern Brazil in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. It grows from rhizomes (swollen rooting stems) and has a rambling habit.
With narrow but oval...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Action Plant, Sensitive Plant, Touch-Me-Not)
Best known for its fern-like leaves that quickly fold when touched, sensitive plant is a wonder of the plant world. A semi-woody tropical native of Brazil, it is often short-lived and most popularly grown as a unique bedding annual or groundcover. In addition to fine foliage, it has a low, sprawling habit and produces pinkish powder puff blooms in summer.
The feathery compound leaves of this true mimosa are bright to grey green and comprised of densely lined tiny leaflets. The unusual leaves...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Four o’clocks is a large, bushy, tender herbaceous perennial from tropical America. Fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in abundance all summer in mixed shades of yellow, red, pink, magenta, or white, with several colors often occuring on one plant. Flowers open in late afternoon and last until morning. Small, black, ribbed, egg-shaped seed capsules follow the flowers. Large, paired, oval leaves densely clothe the upright stems, which are swollen at their joints. Where hardy, plants die back...
(Four O'Clocks, Marvel of Peru)
Four o’clocks is a bushy, tender herbaceous perennial native to tropical America. Fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers occur in abundance all summer in striped or marbled shades of yellow, red, pink, magenta, or white, typically opening in late afternoon and lasting until morning. The large oval leaves are pale green.
Four o’clocks do well in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, where it often self-sows prolifically. It adds fragrance and color to borders or patio containers.
James H. Schutte
(Bittercucumber, Bittergourd, Bittermelon)
A tropical perennial vine that may be grown as a summer annual, bittermelon offers showy foliage and cautiously edible melon-like fruits with warty skin. Numerous therapeutic and medicinal compounds exist in the plant tissues. The fruits are harvested when green and cooked, but still have a bitter taste. If left to fully ripen on the vine, the fruits turn golden orange and split open to reveal red-coated black seeds. Birds relish the fruits and spread the seeds around the landscape in their droppings....