Forest & Kim Starr
This is perhaps the most visually recognizable, romantic palm in the world. Coconut palm is commonly associated with the beaches of the South Pacific but is found in coastal tropical areas worldwide. It is a true palm that produces a crown of large, feathery palm leaves at the top of its long, bare trunk.
The large, pinnate leaves of coconut palm are deep green, sometimes with yellow petioles. Mature specimens produce branching inflorescences with numerous tassels of yellow male and female...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Coconut is perhaps the most visually recognizable, romantic palm in the world. The cultivar 'Golden Malay' produces fruits with yellow husks, and is reputed to be resistant to lethal yellowing disease. Coconut palm is commonly associated with the beaches of the South Pacific but is found in coastal tropical areas worldwide. It is a true palm that produces a crown of large, feathery palm leaves at the top of its long, bare trunk.
The large, pinnate leaves of coconut palm are deep green, sometimes...
James H. Schutte
(Button Mangrove, Green Buttonwood)
Tolerant of salt and drought, button mangrove is a broadleaf evergreen tree native to southern Florida and the West Indies. It has oblong, medium green leaves and reddish- brown fruits that look like pine cones or dried raspberries. Its brown bark is flaky and attractive, often most beautiful on plants that attain a spreading, contorted form by being exposed to seaside breezes.
Throughout the year, flushes of greenish-white and purple flowers are produced, but are not showy or noticeable. The...
This quite unusual genus of tiny succulents includes 290 species, few of which are ever grown except by specialty collectors. Formerly grouped under the prior family, Mesembryanthemaceae, They are endemic to a huge range of South Africa and Namibia, with its extremely dry climate. Their peculiar stone-like forms are the result of mimicry, which makes them resemble the gravelly beds where they grow in colonies. Mimicry protects them from food and moisture seeking wildlife during the very dry season....
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Blue Rock Bindweed, Ground Morning Glory)
Beautiful purplish blue or pink morning glory flowers cover this trailing perennial subshrub in the heat of summer. Ground morning glory is native to the Mediterranean regions of North Africa and Italy where it naturally grows along rocky, limestone cliff faces and ground along the seaside. Its tough natural environment enables it to withstand difficult garden spots with hot sun, drought, wind, salt-spray and alkaline soils.
This low, ground-hugging plant is fully evergreen where hardy. Its...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Ground Morning Glory)
Ground morning glory is a diminutive, non-twining tender perennial native to North Africa, Spain and Italy. The trailing branches bear very small, hairy, roundish leaves. Trumpet-shaped, flaring, morning glory flowers are violet-blue and stay open for a few days. The tidy plant is covered with blooms from early summer through frost.
Ground morning glory is a tough plant which reliably flowers in many conditions. Plant it in loose, gravelly, well-drained soil and full sun. It is drought-tolerant,...
(Dwarf Morning Glory)
The dwarf morning glory bears deep royal blue, funnel-shaped flowers marked with yellow and white above a spreading mound of emerald green leaves. This bushy, tender perennial is short-lived, so it is most commonly planted as an annual. It is native to the Mediterranean Basin where winters are cool and wet and summers warm and dry.
Narrow oval or lance-shaped leaves cover the bushy plant. At the peak of summer, it bears many funnel-shaped flowers that are royal blue with white streaks and yellow...