(Heavenly Bamboo, Orhime Heavenly Bamboo)
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves. Resembling an asparagus fern more than a nandina, the dwarf cultivar 'Orhime' bears leaflets that are narrowed to almost needle-like proportions. The foliage is purple-red when young and again in fall and winter, often with yellow highlights. This cultivar may not be as hardy as most other forms.
Heavenly bamboo prefers...
(Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo)
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves and attractive flower and fruit. The cultivar 'Pygmaea' offers most of these virtues at half the size. The airy compound leaves are reddish-purple when young and again in fall and winter. The foliage and stiff upright stems suggest those of bamboo, particularly when pruned in the Asian fashion with the lower leaves thinned to...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Finestem Needlegrass, Mexican Feather Grass)
Fountain-shaped clumps of fine-textured leaves and puffy seed plumes makes the Mexican feather grass one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for low-maintenance landscapes. This semi-evergreen perennial is native to the southwestern United States (Texas and New Mexico) to central Mexico, with an adjunct population in Argentina and Chile. Mexican feather grass - also called finestem needlegrass - grows in the open woods on slopes and rocky flats in well-drained soils.
This grass is semi-evergreen...
(Finestem Needlegrass, Mexican Feather Grass, Pony Tails Grass)
Grown for its fine, hair-like blades and beautiful feathery floral plumes, ‘Pony Tails’ is a heat-loving grass that is sure to please. The fine, bright green strands of this perennial bunch grass cascade loosely like flowing hair. In summer it bears soft, fluffy, silver-green panicles with long awns (bristle-like hairs) that move in the slightest breeze.
A native of the dry, open prairies of the southwestern United States and rocky slopes of Mexico, Mexican feather grass can withstand substantial...
This genus comprises approximately 38 species which are found naturally in open, woodland areas of tropical Central America, South America and the West Indies. These tender, evergreen perennials are grown for their showy foliage and small, tubular flowers borne close to the stems. Nautilocalyx is part of the botanical family Gesneriaceae, which also includes the popular houseplants, African violets.
The bold, usually glossy, lance-shaped leaves of these plants are borne in...
James H. Schutte
(American Lotus, Yanquapin, Yellow Lotus)
American lotus is a hardy aquatic plant that originates from the eastern and central United States. It is a parent plant for many of the hundreds of lotus hybrids and cultivars extant today.
The leaves are large, round, blue-green, waxy and stand above the surface of the water. In summer, large, long-stemmed, lightly fragrant, buttery yellow flowers fade to ivory with age. The fruits are large, woody, funnel-shaped, flat-topped pods with perforated holey tops containing round hard seeds....
James H. Schutte
(East Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus)
The sacred lotus is a lovely aquatic plant that reveals luxurious and exotic, fragrant flowers above the waterline in the heat of late spring and summer. Huge, round, waxy, water repelling leaves are held over the water's surface of this native of tropical Asia. Flowers are as large as a dinner plate and are deliciously fragrant and can be colored white, pink, rose, red and any combination in between. Often there are small stripes of white or yellow on the bases of each petal. Bees and butterflies...
Often called goldfish plant for the color and shape of its flowers, Nematanthus gregariusis valued as an easy to grow, exotic house plant. Native to rainforests in Brazil, it is an epiphyte (no roots in the ground) found growing on trees. It is a trailing, branching subshrub (having a woody base). It produces leaves that are semi-succulent, hard in texture, glossy, and dark green. Its unusual flowers are orange, fragrant, single-petalled, pouch-shaped, and pursed at one end like a tiny mouth....