(Dragon Tree, Song-of-India)
Dracaena reflexa is a tender evergreen shrub or small tree native to Madagascar and Mauritius. The shiny dark green leaves of the cultivar 'Anita' are narrowly lance-shaped, giving it a fine-textured elegance lacking in many dracaenas. They leaves spiral the upright stems from base to tip. Mature plants may bear large clusters of greenish-white flowers. Grow this plant as a multi-stemmed shrub or as a small tree pruned to a short trunk.
This handsome and durable plant does well in partial...
Though rarely seen in cultivation, dregea has pretty clusters of starry, buttery yellow flowers. Thick, waxy, evergreen leaves cover this slow growing, scrambling, shrubby, vine all year around. It reigns from tropical southern Africa where it thrives in open, scrubby areas along the coast.
Each oblong, oval leaf is leathery, deep green and lightly fuzzy along the leaf veins. Like many tropical woody plants, it blooms all year around in the humid tropics, as long as conditions are favorable....
This beautiful ground-hugging succulent from the Cape region of South Africa is an intense bloomer for frost-free gardens. Its prostrate, shrubby stems spread to form flowing, cascading mats of glistening, jellybean-shaped, bright green leaves. This little iceplant blooms heavily in late spring and early summer, enveloping itself in purple-pink daisy-like flowers with yellow eyes. Flowers open in the afternoon only, and may stay closed on cloudy cool days.
Like most succulent plants, this one...
(Cape Sundew, Sundew)
Native to marshes and other damp habitats in southwestern South Africa, this evergreen herbaceous perennial is a favorite of collectors of carnivorous plants.
This tender perennial produces rosettes of pale green to red, spatula-shaped leaves that are held on long broad stalks. The upper surface of each leaf blade is lined with stout, red or purple, glandular hairs, each bearing a drop of dew-like resin at the tip. The hairs snare and digest small insects. The leaf rosettes arise from underground...
A delicate, insect devouring wildflower, threadleaf sundew has grassy leaves lined with sticky "dew" and bears lavender-pink flowers in summer. It is native to sandy, piney bogs across the coastal plains of the eastern United States and maritime provinces of Canada.
During winter dormancy, the plant rests in a ground-hugging bud known as a hibernacula. In spring, its thin leaves unfurl like fern fiddleheads. Each bright green leaf is lined with fine, red or bronze hairs with sticky dewdrops on...
(Southern Threadleaf Sundew)
An insect-devouring wildflower, southern threadleaf sundew has grass-like leaves lined with sticky "dew", and in summer plants produce attractive lavender-pink flowers. Larger than its close relative, threadleaf sundew (Drosera filiformis), southern threadlead sundew is native to the sandy, piney, acid bogs of the American Gulf Coast, from Mississippi to Georgia and northern Florida. It is the only sundew species completely endemic to the United States.
During winter dormancy, the...
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(Shaggy Shield Fern)
Shaggy shield fern is a semi-evergreen fern with an erect rhizome producing green fronds with dark brown scales. It is native to much of eastern Asia, from northern India eastward into China and Japan.
Like most ferns, it performs best in shade and moist soil, though once established will do well in partial sun and drier conditions. Shaggy shield fern makes an excellent addition to the woodland garden, a shaded rockery, along the edge of a bog, or in a mixed border.
Native to the moist woodlands of the southeastern United States, log fern is a semi-evergreen perennial that is typically found on moist slopes, swamps and rotting logs. The species name, “celsa”, means tall and upright, so it should come as no surprise that this fern has long, firm fronds that are held upright. These are lined with glossy, finely cut , medium to dark green pinnae, or leaflets. In summer, its fertile fronds develop round, light tan, spore-bearing “sori” that dot the undersides of...