Mark A. Miller
(Chorisia, Floss Silk Tree, Silk Floss Tree)
This medium to large deciduous tree is distinguished by its swollen, prickly trunk and its large colorful late-season flowers. It is native to semi-arid forests of Brazil and Argentina.
The leaves of floss silk floss tree are palmately compound, with five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers. In autumn and early winter, large, pink or reddish-purple flowers open, usually after the leaves fall. Each flower has five wide-flaring petals and a pale yellow, purple-flecked throat. Pear-shaped seedpods...
(Celo Pink Chrysanthemum, Hardy Chrysanthemum)
This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its fall display of purple-pink, yellow-eyed "daisies". The blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. This cultivar is also sold as 'Cleo's Pink'.
Grow 'Celo Pink' in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike the commonly available "florists' mums," hardy chrysanthemum cultivars such as 'Celo Pink' are reliable, long-lived garden perennials. Cut them back heavily in late spring...
(Gethsemane Moonlight Chrysanthemum, Hardy Chrysanthemum)
This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its mid- to late-autumn display of pale yellow, golden-eyed "daisies". The 3-inch-wide blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike "florists' mums," hardy chrysanthemum cultivars such as 'Gethsemane Moonlight' are reliable, long-lived garden perennials. Cut them back heavily in late spring to encourage a bushier,...
This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its mid- to late-autumn display of strawberry-pink, golden-eyed "daisies" that open from deep red buds. The spoon-shaped petals age to pale buff-pink. The 1.2-inch-wide (4 cm) blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. This cultivar was introduced by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials, Oswego, New York.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike...
(Golden Raindrop Daisy)
Golden raindrop daisy, also known as yellow daisy, is a low-growing annual that blooms in a profusion of cheerful yellow flowers in mid to late spring, or during any cool season growing period. Native to Algeria in northern Africa, this species has smooth, fleshy green leaves rising from the plant's base and creating a mat. The daisy flowers are broad and rise well above the leaves.
Golden raindrop daisy needs an average, well-drained soil that can be either dry or moist. Full sun to partial...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Coco Plum, Icaco Coco Plum)
Coco plum is one of the most versatile evergreen plants for coastal and warm-winter landscapes. It is native to the coastal regions of Florida, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.
Its leaves are rounded, leathery and dark green. They appear in flushes all year around and are red-hued when they first emerge. The flowers are small and white and the edible fruit is round and turns from red to black.
This tough, drought-tolerant shrub grows best in full sun and average, well-drained...
(Bengal Gram, Chickpea , Garbanzo Bean, Indian Pea)
Grown for thousands of years, chickpeas are among the first plants cultivated by humans. They are members of the fabulous Fabaceae, or bean family, and one of the top three pulse crops (a term for plants in the bean family that produce edible seeds). The origin of this valuable plant has been lost in time, but remains have been found in ancient archeological sites around southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean. There are many cultivars available that vary in production, size and fruit quality.
Forest & Kim Starr
Superior beauty and a spreading evergreen canopy give this shade or street tree good looks in every season. It is a warm climate species native to eastern Asia, Japan and Malaysia. The trees are intensely aromatic, containing oil of camphor, which is highly potent and used primarily in manufacturing. Both the wood, which is very hard, and the leaves bear a strong scent of camphor. This tree produces a strong, dark upright trunk topped by a canopy of medium-sized glossy leaves. This tree sheds some...
(Camphortree, Hardy Cinnamon Tree)
While the most famous cinnamon and camphor trees are best suited to subtropical and tropical climes, the hardy cinnamon is a species perfect for warm temperate climates, too. A broadleaf evergreen tree, it's native to China. As it ages, it develops a dense canopy of foliage on an upright pyramidal frame.
Hardy cinnamon's leaves are elongated, pointy ovals with three obvious parallel veins. As new leaves emerge in spring, they blush a rich rosy copper color with lighter green veins. These highly...