Lacking leaves, Indian flatsedge grows as a cluster of short, slender stems topped with a irregular, grassy, tufted head of tan flowers. An upright, clump-forming evergreen perennial sedge, this species is native to the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea.
The thin stems are medium to dark green and flattened. With ample warmth, these leafless stems develop small, clustered bronze-tan spikelets at their tops, often branching and forming secondary spikelets. These flowers are pollinated and distributed...
(Egyptian Papyrus, Papyrus)
Best known for its use in paper making by the ancient Egyptians, papyrus is a large, aquatic sedge that originates from tropical Africa and the Nile River Basin. Its bright green color and striking bold looks have made it a popular plant for contemporary aquatic container plantings and subtropical and tropical water gardens.
Egyptian papyrus is an evergreen water-loving plant that produces tall, dark green stems topped with umbrella-like sprays of long thread-like filaments. Tan spikelets...
(Compact Egyptian Papyrus, Egyptian Papyrus, Papyrus)
Compact Egyptian papyrus is an easy-to-grow clump-forming aquatic plant that produces sturdy bright green stems topped with robust plumes of fine grassy foliage. The stems look much like hairy green feather dusters rising from the water. These produce inconspicuous feathery tan flowers when conditions are favorable. In addition to a shorter size, ‘Perkamentus Compact’ has thicker stems and more compact plumes.
Though moisture-loving, this plant will only tolerate shallow water that just covers...
The showy papyrus King Tut® is compact, fast-growing and will add a tropical foliar element to any border or container with moist soil. Its papyrus plumes are very filamentous, feathery and sit on strong, stout stems.
Best known for its use in paper making by the ancient Egyptians, papyrus is typically a large aquatic sedge that originates from tropical Africa and the Nile River Basin. Its bright green color and striking bold looks have made it a popular plant for contemporary aquatic container...
African in origin, miniature papyrus is a super compact sedge adapted to moist ground and riversides. This evergreen tender perennial is best suited to containers and lowland gardens, and even though it's only hardy to zone 9 it can be grown as an annual in areas with cold winters.
This compact papyrus forms bunches of pinwheel-like floral heads and foliage. The arching stems are topped with fine green bracts. When weather is warm and accommodating, green and reddish brown spikelets of flowers...
(California Lady's Slipper, Ladyslipper Orchid)
Mid- and late spring brings out ladyslipper orchid's palest pink flower with brown sepals. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem). It is native to the moist acidic conifer woodlands and stream banks of extreme northern California and southwestern Oregon in the western United States.
The plant grows five to ten bright green leaves that are pointed ovals and clasp up the stem. In spring to early summer summer,...
(Small White Lady's Slipper, White Lady's Slipper, White Ladyslipper Orchid)
Mid-spring and early summer brings out the diminutive beauty of white lady' slipper's speckled white and green flowers. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem). It is native to the moist, woodland meadows and tallgrass prairies southern Canada (Saskatchewan and lower Ontario) and a swath of the United States from Minnesota to Nebraska and east to New York and New Jersey. It is an extremely rare orchid because of habitat...
(Queen Lady's Slipper, Showy Lady's Slipper, Showy Ladyslipper Orchid, Showy Pink Lady's Slipper)
Behold North America's most revered and beloved orchid and the state flower of Minnesota! The summer equinox finds the showy lady's slipper's pink and white flowers, truly a rare delight in the moist prairies and woodlands of east central North America from Canada's Newfoundland and southern Saskatchewan south to America's Arkansas and Tennessee. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this royal beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem) that often sports multiple...
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(California Pitcher Plant, Cobra Lily)
The cobra lily is one of the most intriguing carnivorous plants. Its insect-digesting, colorful, tubular leaves and pendulous burgundy flowers make it a beautiful plant kingdom oddity. Native to the infertile boglands of The Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia, Canada to northern California, this pitcher plant traps insects to digest them for trace nutrients. Often the cobra lily is found growing in areas where heavy metals exist in the soil. In much of its natural habitat it is listed as threatened.