Forest & Kim Starr
(Maraca Amarilla, Water Canna)
A large, upright tender perennial, Canna glauca is native to the tropical wetlands of the U.S. It is medium-tall and grows as a clump of long, pointed, upright blue-green leaves, unfurling from a rising stem eventually topped by clusters of tapered flower buds that open from spring into autumn to spidery yellow flowers. Prune stems to the highest leaf before the spent flowers make seeds to encourage the growth of new stems and prolong flowering.
Like other cannas, this one is grown as...
(Canna, Spanish Arrowroot)
Cannas are easy-to-grow, tropical to sub-tropical herbaceous plants that originate from tropical North, Central and South America. There are approximately 50 species and hundreds of hybrid cultivars.
Grown as perennials or tender perennials, these ornamentals offer bold, often colorful, foliage and showy lily-like flowers that come in shades of red, yellow, orange, salmon, pink or rose. The flowers appear in clusters atop stiff upright stems and attract hummingbirds. Selections like the wonderfully...
National Garden Bureau
(Bengali Hot Pepper, Bhut Jolokia Hot Pepper, Naga Jolokia Hot Pepper, Nai Miris Hot Pepper)
This scorching pepper known as the Bengali hot or ghost pepper produces intense heat so strong it seems to cause your soul, or ghost, to want to escape your body. Truly 'Naga Jolokia' is one of the hottest peppers in the world. While all peppers are native to the Tropical Americas, this hybrid variety originated from India in the northeastern region of Assam. The Sanskrit word "naga" translate to "king cobra" and "Bhut jolokia" means "ghost pepper" in Assamese.
The heat in pepper fruit is produced...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The long, broad cultivation history of the pepper best explains why its fruits come in a myriad of forms tastes and colors, whether they are big or small, hot or sweet, red or yellow.
Native to tropical America, these annuals have been grown and selected by Native Americans since pre-history times. In fact, their specific region of origin is still unknown due to distribution by man. Peppers became available to Europeans when the new and old worlds connected. Since then, many unique selections...
(Admiral Pepper, Bell Pepper)
A markedly disease-resistant F1 hybrid, ‘Admiral’ bears big, blocky, sweet bell pepper fruits that ripen to yellow about 84 days after planting. Plants produce high yields of the blocky, thick walled sweet peppers.
Native to tropical America, bell peppers are annuals or short-lived perennials that were grown and selected for millenia by Native Americans. Their specific region of origin is still unknown due to distribution by man. Peppers became available to Europeans when the New and Old worlds...
James H. Schutte
(Aji Colorado Chile, Hot Pepper)
A baccatum-type chili pepper, 'Aji Colorado' produces quantities of slender, red, fiery-hot fruits on large bushy plants. It derives from Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum, a short-lived perennial that has long been cultivated in uplands of western South America.
The flat-topped, waist-high plants bear thin, oval, medium-green leaves on stiff, spreading stems. Star-shaped, creamy-white flowers with green centers appear in warm weather, followed by pendent, narrowly conical, glossy...
James H. Schutte
(Alliance Pepper, Bell Pepper)
A disease-resistant F1 hybrid, ‘Alliance’ bears big, blocky, sweet bell pepper fruits that ripen to deep red about 74 days after planting. Plants produce high yields of the blocky, thick walled sweet peppers. Diseases it’s resistant to include Pepper Mottle Virus and phytophthora blight.
Native to tropical America, bell peppers are annuals or short-lived perennials that were grown and selected for millenia by Native Americans. Their specific region of origin is still unknown due to distribution...
James H. Schutte
(Anaheim Chile, Hot Pepper)
A group of open-pollinated chilis distinguished by their large size and mild flavor, 'Anaheim' peppers originated around 1900 in Anaheim, California, from seeds of New Mexican origin. Anaheim peppers are among the best known members of the Longum group, which encompasses poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, cayenne peppers and various other chilis. These annual vegetables descend from varieties that were grown and selected by Native Americans for thousands of years.
The bushy, knee-high plants...
James H. Schutte
(Ancho Chile, Hot Pepper)
The long, colorful, generally hot fruits of the chili pepper are invaluable in cuisines across the globe and attractive enough for plants to be used as ornamentals. Members of the Longum group encompass many popular peppers such as poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, cayenne peppers and various other chilis.
Originating from the tropical Americas, these annuals have been grown and selected by Native Americans since pre-history times. In fact, their specific region of origin is still unknown...