Carol Cloud Bailey
(Adonidia Palm, Christmas Palm)
Christmas palm is a tall, graceful, evergreen with an arching, feathery crown of fronds. Strap-like leaflets of this native of the Philippines are green to dark green above and light green and scaly below. Flowers generally occur in summer and are yellow to yellow-green and held in pendent, brached clusters at the base of the crownshaft. The fruits become bright red or orange-red by late autumn, lingering into the winter. This coincided with Christmas in its native land.
Christmas palm prefers...
(Amur Adonis, Fukuju-so, Ganjitsu-so)
The Greek God Adonis represents life, death, and rebirth much like this sweet spring ephemeral. A truly magical early season bloomer, the low-growing Amur adonis produces large, glossy, semi-double buttercups towards winter's end. The traditional Japanese name "Fukuju-so" translates to "good fortune, long lived plants". Another old Japanese name is "Ganjitsu-so", which means "New Year's Day plant", referring to its early bloom time. Wild specimens naturally exist along open grassy slopes or wooded...
(Autumn Adonis, Pheasant's Eye)
Small, scarlet buttercups are the glory of the annual pheasant's eye. A wildflower of field and meadow, natural populations exist on calcareous soils across much of Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and western Asia. Each bloom has very dark anthers giving the appearance of a bird's or pheasant's eye. Flowering occurs from late spring to midsummer.
Seeds germinate in late winter or spring, and plants have very finely dissected ferny foliage that's pale or bright green. Small red flowers...
(Aechmea, Big Harv Aechmea, Big Harv Bromeliad)
A large bromeliad for the tropical landscape, 'Big Harv' has light green and coppery foliage and produces a tall, branched, yellow and red flower spike in summertime. It is an evergreen, frost-tender perennial bromeliad that forms an upright rosette of leaves with a bold, coarse visual texture. It is usually grown in the soil but can be wedged among rocks. This hybrid was developed by Bullis Bromeliads of Princeton, Florida.
The long, rigid strappy leaves are a light green with coppery bronze...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Aechmea , Del Mar Aechmea, Del Mar Bromeliad)
Bromeliad ‘Del Mar’ is a tender tropical perennial grown primarily for its spectacular long-lasting blooms and compact habit. Resulting from a cross between Aechmea fendleri and A. dichlamydea var. trinitensis, it has a rosette of leathery, broadly lance-shaped, medium green leaves with small sharp spines on their edges. The arching leaves form a 30-cm (12-inch) tall, 60-cm (2-foot) wide clump, with a central tube-shaped "cup." A spike of showy flowers with purple...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Aechmea , Foster's Freckles Aechmea, Foster's Freckles Bromeliad)
Resulting from a cross of the bromeliads Aechmea fendleri and A. orlandiana, 'Foster's Freckles' is a tender tropical perennial grown primarily for its lush speckled foliage. It forms a tall rosette of leathery, upright, broadly lance-shaped leaves with burgundy-brown spots. The light green leaves are edged with small sharp spines. The rosette may send forth a tall thick flower stem topped by a large spike-like cluster of small white blooms with showy scarlet bracts. The...
(Aechmea, Little Harv Aechmea, Little Harv Bromeliad)
The showy bromeliad, ‘Little Harv’, is a tropical perennial grown primarily for its pretty long-lasting blooms and upright habit. This pretty hybrid selection was introduced by Bullis Bromeliads in Princeton, Florida and is not as little as its name suggests.
The foliage is blue-green dusted with silver. It is broad, thick and lance-shaped with small sharp spines on the edges. When grown in full sun, they develop tinges of red. The rosettes of leaves are cupped and somewhat upright. A towering,...
(Aechmea, Oregon Aechmea, Oregon Bromeliad)
An excellent plant for the tropical landscape, the hybrid bromeliad ‘Oregon’ is a tender evergreen perennial grown primarily for its large colorful leaves and brightly hued bloom. The leathery, broadly lance-shaped, spine-edged leaves are of tropical hues: rose, yellow and mango-orange. The upright, gently arching leaves are arranged in a rosette with a cupped center. A tall, branched, red-stemmed spike with scarlet, bead-like flowers grows from the rosette's center. Showy yellow fruits follow the...
(Aechmea, Patricia Aechmea, Patricia Bromeliad)
A large bromeliad for the tropical landscape, 'Patricia' has handsome evergreen foliage and brilliantly hued flowers. Developed by Bullis Bromeliads of Homestead, Florida, this frost-tender perennial forms an bold upright rosette of arching, broadly strap-shaped leaves. The leathery, light olive-green leaves have hints of silver and blushes of dark red-copper, particularly in cool conditions. Their edges are lined in tiny red lacerating spines. The leaf bases form a water-collecting "cup" at the...