(Florist's Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen, Sierra™ Cyclamen)
Cyclamens in the Sierra Series bear masses of colorful blooms on "standard-sized" plants. These seed-propagated F1 hybrids were selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamens they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.
Sierra Series cyclamens form uniform mounds of handsome, heart-shaped, silver-mottled leaves that expand in fall or early winter. Nodding flowers with five backswept,...
(Florist's Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen)
Named for their eye-catching, silver-hearted leaves, cyclamens in this series also feature a tidy compact habit and abundant bloom. These seed-propagated F1 hybrids were selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamens they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.
Silverheart™ Series cyclamens form neat rosettes of dark-green, heart-shaped leaves with silver-washed centers. The foliage...
Mark A. Miller
The silver-splashed leaves and elegant, sweet-scented blooms of this hardy cyclamen arise in spring from fuzzy, rounded, underground tubers. Native to Italy, the Dalmatians, Greece, and several Mediterranean islands, it has been cultivated by gardeners for more than 300 years.
The gray- to dark-green, heart-shaped leaves of Cyclamen repandum break ground in late winter or spring. Thinner than those of most other cyclamen species, the leaves are often blotched, dotted, or streaked with...
Long cultivated for its fragrant, tasty fruit, this small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia is also notable for its lovely spring flowers and its picturesque multi-trunked habit.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The pear-shaped to apple-shaped, fuzzy-skinned fruits ripen by early autumn,...
James H. Schutte
A small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia, quince has long been cultivated for its tasty fruits, its lovely spring flowers, and its picturesque multi-trunked habit. The cultivar 'Smyrna' bears large, white-fleshed, pear-shaped fruits.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The fuzzy-skinned...
(Candelabrum Cactus, Cane Cholla, Cardenche , Tree Cholla)
Large, beautifully colored flowers make this tree-like, cold-hardy cactus an excellent candidate for arid gardens. Tree or cane cholla is noted for having the most northerly range of any other Cylindropuntia. It is found at middle to high elevations in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, West Texas and Kansas, and also extends southward into Mexico.
Tree cholla is composed of short, gray-green stems, either cylindrical or slightly club-shaped. Each areole contains 5 to 30 wickedly barbed...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Sword-leaf Cymbidium)
The compact and highly fragrant sword-leaf cymbidium was among the first grown and prized by Chinese gardeners and appeared in the record as early as 500 B.C. In its native Japan, China, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka it can be found growing in humus rich soils along streamsides and waterfalls. Occasionally it grows on moist rocks alongside mosses and ferns.
This clump-forming orchid forms a cluster of small pseudobulbs from which rise three or four thin, sword-like leaves of light green. Actively...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Goering's Cymbidium, Korean Spring Orchid)
Easily mistaken for a grass when flowers are absent, Goering's cymbidium is a prized orchid in gardens across the warm temperate areas of China, Japan and southern Korea. Faintly fragrant golden green to chartreuse flowers appear in winter and spring. These are only subtly showy and often camouflaged by the foliage, though some come in more exciting colors, such as white, pink, golden orange and bright yellow-green. In the wild, this species is naturally distributed from Bhutan eastward to the Korean...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Splendid Cymbidium)
Splendid cymbidium earns its name from its abundant display of waxy, pale pink blossoms with spotted lips. Native to the high elevation cloud forests of Thailand, Vietnam and southernmost China, it grows in sandy soils nestled in the shade of shrub cover. Flowering occurs over a long season from late fall to spring.
The light green, sword-shaped leaves of this evergreen, clump-forming cymbidium arise from flattened, oval pseudobulbs . Active growth occurs in spring and summer. When fall temperatures...