Anthony Tesselaar, USA
(Canna, Tropicanna™ Canna)
Canna are easy-to-grow, tropical to sub-tropical herbaceous plants that are grown as perennials or tender perennials. Selections from the Tropicanna Series are known for their exciting foliage and vivid flowers.
The foliage of Tropicanna™ Black is very dark purple black, Tropicanna™ Gold has gold and green striped leaves and the leaves of Tropicanna™ are striped with red, green and burgundy. The flowers of all are in the gold to red orange range and appear atop tall upright stems.
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...
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...
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
(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...
(Aurora Pepper, Ornamental Pepper)
The ornamental pepper 'Aurora' produces many small, conical fruits that turn from green, to lavender, orange and then red as they mature. Although its fiery-hot fruits are edible, this cultivar was developed for ornamental use. Plants take 85 days to produce fruit after planting from seedlings.
First cultivated and selected by Native Americans thousands of years ago, peppers are bushy, brittle-stemmed annual vegetables with thin oval leaves and small five-petaled flowers. The pale purple blooms...
(Bell Pepper, Sweet Pepper)
So what makes this bell pepper better? Earlier fruiting, virus resistance and high fruit output for starters. In the warm season this popular hybrid will offer many large, sweet peppers that can be harvested green or red.
This pepper forms a large bushy plant with rigid, brittle stems and thin, broad, dark green leaves. Its flowers are inconspicuous, five-petaled and white. They are followed by large, hollow, blocky, thick fleshed-fruits that are very sweet and perfect for cooking or eating...