James H. Schutte
In dry, hot climates where exotic ornamental grasses present an invasiveness problem, this is a rare safe and outstanding variety for beds and borders. Native to the Southwest U.S. from California to Texas and into Mexico, this large perennial species is found on hillsides, canyons, open forests, and high elevations. The fine, light green leaves are narrow and densely gathered into a beautiful, symmetrical clump. They dry to a wheat-straw color in fall and hold up well under winter snow.
Carol Cloud Bailey
A mass of dark-green foliage year around, orange jasmine is most noticed when the fragrant, citrusy white flowers dot the shrub most heavily during the warm months. A large evergreen shrub from southern Asia that has become naturalized throughout southeastern Asia and Australia, it is commonly used as a hedge because of its upright yet rounded habit.
The leaves are compound--made up of five to seven small, oval leaflets that are glossy dark green. At branch tips anytime of year, when warm enough,...
Forest & Kim Starr
A mass of dark-green foliage year around, ‘Lakeview’ is most noticed when the fragrant, citrusy, white flowers dot the shrub heavily during the warm months. A selection of a large evergreen shrub from southern Asia that has become naturalized throughout southeastern Asia and Australia, it is commonly used as a hedge because of its upright yet rounded habit. It is often sold as a standard (pruned to a tall, bare trunk and a branching, leafy top) for patio containers.
The leaves are compound--made...
(Banana, Cardaba Banana, Hybrid Banana)
A starchy banana that may be eaten raw but usually cooked, the Cardaba banana is a vigorous, very cold-hardy, fast growing, tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, whitish blue-green leaves. Very popular in the Philippines, the fruits are sliced into chips, fried and called turones. Hands are lined with plump, non-uniform, angular, green fruits rich in starches and may be better called a sweet plantain.
The hybrid 'Cardaba' is a triploid plant (ABB) with most characteristics of the parent...
Willis Orchard Co.
(Banana, Dwarf Cavendish Banana)
The edible and ornamental Dwarf Cavendish banana is an upright, fast-growing, small tree-like perennial with large, flat leaves. The flowers give rise to a modest crop of edible bananas. The waxy flowers are yellow and surrounded by purple bracts (modified floral leaves). The small fruits have sweet, white flesh that is seedless. This herbaceous perennial forms clumps of plants at the base, each flowering and fruiting only once before dying. New plantlets, or pups, continually emerge from the base....
(Banana, Extra Dwarf Cavendish Banana)
The non-edible banana cultivar 'Extra Dwarf Cavendish' (also 'Dwarf Parfitt') is a short, upright, fast growing, ornamental tropical perennial. Its large, flat, green leaves have a soft, velvety look even though they are physically smooth. Once a stem reaches an age to flower, it haphazardly produces small fruits that are not worth eating. After flowering, the stem dies and should be removed to allow side stems in the clump to grow in more fully. This particular banana, although having origins in...
(Banana, Hybrid Banana)
The Goldfinger banana is an upright, fast-growing, tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, green leaves. The long, pendent flowers give rise to large bunches of large fruits that range in color from pale green when young and more starchy in taste to golden yellow when ripe and sweetly tart. This dessert banana, 'FHIA-01', is a complex tetraploid hybrid developed by the FHIA breeders in Honduras in the 1980s. It has high resistance to Sigatoka leaf spot disease and two races of Panama disease....
(Banana, Giant Cavendish Banana)
This banana cultivar is an upright, fast growing, ornamental tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, green leaves that produces commercially important hands of edible banana fruits. This clone has dozens of local cultivars worldwide, all varying minutely in height or the shade of the fruits. Broadly speaking, 'Giant Cavendish' is intermediate in mature growth between the larger Pisang types and the slightly shorter Dwarf Cavendish clones. As with all bananas, each stem flowers and sets fruit...
(Banana, Grande Naine Banana)
The ‘Grande Naine’ banana is an upright, fast-growing, tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, green leaves. The long, pendent flowers give rise to large bunches of large fruits that range in color from green to yellow. The name of this variety is French and means, literally, "big dwarf." This is the most broadly grown dessert banana because it is a relatively small plant that produces abundantly. A tender perennial, ‘Grande Naine’ forms a close clump of plants, each flowering and fruiting only...
(Banana, Ney Mannan Banana)
A sweet, creamy dessert banana, 'Ney Mannan' is an upright, fast growing, ornamental tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, bluish green leaves and fruits of a distinctive waxy blue tint and flesh that is sweet and creamy. Hands are densely lined with plump, light yellow fruits that may be box-like (with rounded sides). This hybrid triploid banana is tolerant of drier soil conditions and cooler temperatures, perfect for subtropical regions.
As with all bananas, each stem flowers and sets...