Attractive, long-blooming flowers and a compact habit are the hallmarks of the plants of the Cape Series of leadwort from Monrovia Nurseries. It is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that is native to South Africa and has green, oval to spatula-shaped leaves with small ear-like (auricle = ear-shaped appendage) projections at the base. The leaves are alternate on thin, gracefully arching stems. Leadwort blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular blue or white blooms...
The showy, delightfully fragrant flowers of these tropical American trees and shrubs are often seen in greenhouses, warm-climate gardens, and Hawaiian leis. The large, waxy, funnel-shaped flowers have broadly flaring white, yellow, pink, or red lobes and contrasting yellow or white throats. Bloom occurs mainly in summer and fall, but also sporadically at other seasons. Long pods containing plumed seeds follow the flowers. The thick fleshy branches and stems are weak and prone to breakage. Their fragile...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Frangipani, Jasmine Mango)
Frangipani is a deciduous tree native to Mexico and Central America.. The branches and stems are thick and fleshy, but weak and tend to break in high winds. The bark is tender and when cut or broken exudes, sticky, white sap which is an irritant. The leaves are large, leathery, arranged alternately on the stem at the ends of the branches and showy. The large flowers sometimes appear before the leaves, summer through autumn and are held in branched clusters at the stem tips. Individual flowers are...
Carol Cloud Bailey
The festive tri-colored frangipani is a deciduous tree native to the seasonally wet-to-dry highlands of Mexico and Central America. The branches and stems are thick and fleshy, but weak and tend to break in high winds. The bark is tender and when cut or broken exudes, sticky, white sap which is an irritant. The leaves are large, leathery, arranged alternately on the stem at the ends of the branches and showy. The large flowers sometimes appear before the leaves, summer through autumn and are held...
James H. Schutte
Yew pine is a versatile small to large tree perfect for hot humid regions. Its feathery branches are covered with long, narrow lance-like evergreen leaves. This native of Japan and China is dioecious, meaning plants are either male or female. If pollinated, the female plants will display attractive clusters of blue and purple fruits near branch tips.
Yew pine can be treated as a hedge, topiary or espalier or its lower branches can be pruned to form an attractive small tree. This tough plant thrives...
(Sticky Jacob's Ladder)
Found in open, rocky places, mountainous and high altitudes mostly above the timber line, sticky or skunk Jacob’s ladder is among the loveliest of wildflowers. It is native from the coast ranges of British Columbia south to Arizona and New Mexico.
This clump forming perennial grows from heavy taproots and has a woody base that may persist from one year to the next. The leaves are produced mostly at the base of the plant. They are thick, numerous and held very close together. Each is deeply...
(Sticky Jacob's Ladder)
This beautiful selection, ‘Blue Whirls,’ comes from a species of Jacob’s ladder found in open, rocky places, at altitudes mostly above the timber line. In spite of its common name of Sticky or Skunk Jacob’s ladder, it is among the loveliest of wildflowers, and native from the coast ranges of British Columbia in Canada south to Arizona and New Mexico in the U.S.
A clump-forming perennial, ‘Blue Whirl’ grows from heavy taproots and has a woody base that may persist from one year to the next. The...
(Heart-leaved Polygala, Sweet Pea Shrub)
Pretty violet-red or purple blossoms are seen on the sweet pea shrub as summer wanes. This evergreen shrub is native to South Africa, especially in fynbos habitats as well as on mountain slopes and coastal hills. It attains an upright but rounded habit about waist high.
Unlike most other members of the Polygala genus, this species has opposite-arranged leaves on its branches. Moreover, the green to gray-green leaves are shaped like elongated hearts. The main flowering season is from...