JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(New Zealand Flax)
This big, bold New Zealand flax has lovely bronzy green foliage. Its broad, colorful, strappy, leaves form spectacularly huge upright basal clumps. In summer, this member of the Agave family puts forth very tall leafless stems with branched panicles of dull red, tubular flowers. These attract the tui bird in New Zealand and hummingbirds in the United States.
New Zealand Flax will grow almost anywhere if provided full sun and average to fertile soil with good drainage. Too much soil moisture...
(New Zealand Flax)
Merlot New Zealand flax is a bold perennial that is native to its namesake. When mature, its long, upright, stiff, leathery leaves form spectacularly huge basal clumps. Unique in color, its leaves are dark gray with black margins and midrib. 'Merlot' does not produce flowers. New Zealand flax is semi-evergreen and may die to the ground after frost but will quickly regrow in spring. This deer and drought resistant plant is best grown in well-drained soils and full sun. In the landscape it is best...
(New Zealand Flax, Red New Zealand Flax)
Red New Zealand flax is a bold perennial to tender perennial that is native to its namesake. When mature, its long, broad, strap-shaped, leaves of dark burgundy-red form spectacularly huge upright basal clumps. In summer, it puts forth very tall leafless stems with panicles of dull red, tubular flowers. New Zealand flax is semi-evergreen and may die to the ground after frost but will quickly regrow in spring. This deer and drought resistant plant grows best in fertile, well drained soil, and though...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Genus Photinia is comprised of approximately 50 species of plants native to the warm and temperate regions of eastern and southern Asia. Most are either small trees or large shrubs and may be deciduous or evergreen.
Photinia leaves are generally glossy, oval or lance-shaped, alternately arranged on the stems and have serrate edges– like that of a steak knife. They may be thick and leathery or paper thin, depending on the species. New foliage is often red or bronze when it...
James H. Schutte
(Pink Marble Photinia, Red Tip Photinia)
Bright red and pink new growth and pink and white variegated foliage sets Pink Marble photinia apart from others. It is a cultivar of the widely used hybrid between Japanese photinia and Chinese photinia. 'Pink Marble' is a vigorous, upright evergreen shrub with lance-shaped, glossy, foliage with toothed margins. The leaves are red and pink upon emergence and mature to dark green edged with white and splashed with pink and white. The spring-appearing, white flowers are produced at the ends of the...
(Red Robin Photinia, Red Tip Photinia)
Bright red new growth and a dense habit sets the Red Robin photinia apart from other photinia cultivars. It is a hybrid between Japanese photinia and Chinese photinia. Selection 'Red Robin' is a vigorous, rounded but spreading evergreen shrub with lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves with toothed edges that are brilliant red upon emergence. The spring-appearing flowers are produced at the ends of the branches in dense or few-flowered, mostly flat-topped, branched groups, and the flowers opening...
(Yellow Trumpet Fuchsia)
This truly enchanting shrubby perennial for warmer regions offers beguiling flowers and architectural beauty. It is native to the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa, where it grows on moist rocks and beside streams.
It’s the beautiful dangling tubular flowers – borne on tall, pencil-thin, sparsely leaved stems – that make this fast-growing plant so incredibly appealing. The species blooms in a dusty coral red, but its cultivars and hybrids also come in purple, white, pink, and yellow....