Carol Cloud Bailey
(Croton, Sunny Star Croton)
Codiaeum variegatum, more commonly known as croton, is an evergreen native to Malaysia and islands in the western Pacific. The flowers are insignificant but the foliage comes in a wide variety of brightly splashed or spotted, smooth, ruffled or twisted shapes. Croton ‘Sunny Star’ has large, smooth, elliptical leaves, pointed at both ends with a swath of bright yellow over the lower portion usually leaving the margins and tips dark green. Mature crotons are "V" shaped.
Crotons grow best...
(Croton, Zanzibar Croton)
Codiaeum variegatum, more commonly known as croton, is an evergreen native to Malaysia and islands in the western Pacific. The flowers are insignificant but the foliage comes in a wide variety of brightly splashed or spotted, smooth, ruffled or twisted shapes. Mature crotons are "V" shaped.
Crotons grow best in well-drained soil and in full sun to partial shade; in hot sunny climates they look best if shaded from the hottest sun of the day. Too much sun will bleach the color out of the leaves...
(Croton, Finger Fire Croton)
Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum, more commonly known as croton is a tropical shrub native to Malaysia and islands in the eastern pacific. The flowers are white but insignificant and the foliage contains various colors, most commonly shades of yellow, green, and red.
Crotons grow in full sun to shade but in hot sunny climates looks best if it is shaded from the hottest sun of the day. Crotons make excellent accent plants and as part of a mixed shrub planting. They look their best if planted...
(Croton, Petra Croton)
The petra croton is a tropical shrub native to Malaysia and islands in the eastern Pacific. The flowers are white but insignificant. The foliage of the petra croton has broad leaves that variate in color between pink, red, orange, yellow, and green with the veins often times being a lighter color. This is one of the most common cultivars for both indoor and outdoor use.
Crotons grow in full sun to shade but in hot sunny climates looks best if it is shaded from the hottest sun of the day. Crotons...
(Coelogyne Orchid, Orchid)
Intrigue, murder and thievery have followed the orchid; world explorations have been launched and fortunes won all in the pursuit of these exotic flowers. Since the 19th century, when tropical orchids were first introduced to Europe, orchids have inspired human desire and greed because of their rarity, collectability and indescribable beauty.
Measured in geologic time Orchidaceae was once thought to be a newer family but recent research has shown it is much older. One of the largest plant families,...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
A popular orchid for the cool greenhouse or conservatory, Coelogyne cristata is grown for its handsome evergreen foliage and for its nodding clusters of fragrant white blossoms in late winter and spring. It is native to cool, moist habitats in the Himalayan foothills, where it occurs on tree branches and rock outcroppings.
This epiphytic orchid produces clumps of corrugated, egg-shaped, bright-green pseudobulbs that arise from slender rhizomes. Two strap-shaped, deep-veined, bright-green...
An epiphytic (tree-dwelling) orchid from moist upland forests of Southeast Asia, Coelogyne massangeana is grown for its handsome evergreen foliage and for its long draping clusters of fragrant pale-yellow blooms.
This frost-tender orchid produces clumps of flask-shaped, bright-green pseudobulbs. A single stalked, oval, pleated leaf arises from the apex of each pseudobulb. New leaves and pseudobulbs are formed in spring. Clusters of 20 to 30 buff-yellow blooms are borne on long dangling...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
An epiphytic (tree-dwelling) orchid from hot moist lowland forests of Southeast Asia, Coelogyne rochusseni is grown for its handsome evergreen foliage and for its long draping clusters of fragrant, pale lemon-yellow blooms.
This frost-tender orchid forms clumps of banana-shaped, yellow-green, conspicuously ribbed pseudobulbs. Two pleated, lance-shaped, bright-green leaves arise from the apex of each pseudobulb. New leaves and pseudobulbs develop in spring. Clusters of 20 to 40 buff-yellow...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Showy-flowered "bulbs" that are often overlooked because they mostly bloom late in the year rather than in spring, colchicums make excellent additions to the garden. They occur naturally from western Europe to central Asia and the Himalayas.
Colchicums produce goblet- or funnel-shaped flowers on ankle- to shin-high, stem-like floral tubes. Superficially resembling crocus flowers (leading to the misleading common name "autumn crocus"), they are typically produced in late summer or early fall,...
International Flower Bulb Centre
(Hybrid Autumn Crocus, Hybrid Meadow Saffron)
Prized for its amethyst-violet flowers that appear in late summer and early fall (rather than in spring like those of most other "bulbs"), this hybrid colchicum dates from the early twentieth century. Although sometimes called "autumn crocus," it is not related to the genus Crocus, which is in the iris family.
This hardy perennial produces large broad strap-shaped leaves in spring, which gather energy for the underground bulb-like storage organ, known as a corm. In late summer, some...