The colorful floral plumes, feathery spikes or dense "brainy" crests, of cockscomb and plume celosia make beautiful additions to annual borders, cutting gardens and containers.
These bushy annuals may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. They grow quickly from seed and have foliage that can be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting flowers are comprised of many small bracted flowers that can be bright yellow,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The colorful "brainy" floral crests of crested cockscomb are commonly used in annual borders and containers and make great cut flowers. These bushy annuals may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. They grow quickly from seed and have foliage that may be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting crests are comprised of many small bracted flowers that come in shades of bright yellow, orange, pink, purple, ivory or...
The colorful pyramidal plumes of plume cockscomb are commonly enjoyed in annual borders and containers, and tall cultivars make great cut flowers. These bushy annuals may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. They grow quickly from seed and have foliage that may be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting plumes are comprised of many small bracted flowers that come in shades of bright yellow, orange, pink, purple,...
Chinese plumbago is a small twiggy shrub with an open habit and diamond-shaped apple green leaves. Valued for late season interest, it bears clusters of true blue flowers in late summer. Autumn brings a beautiful show of color with red to bronze foliage.
Tolerant of drought and poor soils, Chinese plumbago is a good candidate for banks and slopes. Small enough for the patio or container, this Chinese native looks best when grown in sun and lightly shaped before growth begins in the spring. It...
(Jessamine, Newell's Red Jessamine)
Thought to be a hybrid between Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans, this large tender evergreen shrub bears spectacular clusters of dazzling red blooms all along its arching branches. The tubular flowers continue in abundance throughout most of summer and fall, attracting hummingbirds. Flowering may continue through winter in mild climates. Red-purple berries follow the flowers. The downy, narrowly oval leaves are medium to dark green.
Plant this showy shrub in any well-drained...
(Jessamine, Orange Peel Jessamine)
Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its clusters of golden flowers, ‘Orange Peel’ jessamine brings floral splendor to the garden nearly year round. A hybrid, vigorously growing evergreen shrub, it was developed by crossing day-flowering jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) with the night-jessamine (C. nocturnum). The leaves are glossy green and lance-shaped, darkening as they age or receive full sunlight. Flowering most heavily in spring, it flowers less heavy the rest of the year...
(Night Jessamine, Night-blooming Jasmine)
When the moon shines a heavenly fragrance announces night-blooming jasmine.
A member of the nightshade family, night-blooming jasmine is native to the tropical Americas and West Indies. It is a large, sprawling evergreen shrub with simple, waxy, oval-shaped leaves. Clusters of small, tubular,green-white to cream-colored flowers appear from spring to fall and are followed by berries that are most commonly white. Plants are most floriferous when weather is moist and warm.
(Japanese Flowering Quince, Maule's Flowering Quince, Orange Beauty Flowering Quince)
The smallest of the flowering quinces, Chaenomeles japonica is a low, spreading, spiny deciduous shrub native to Japan. The cultivar 'Orange Beauty' bears masses of bright orange flowers as its glossy leaves emerge in early spring. Small, fragrant, greenish yellow, apple-shaped fruits with a red blush ripen in fall and can be used for preserves and jellies.
Japanese flowering quince is adaptable to a wide range of soils and flowers best in full sun, although it can also be grown in part shade....
Forest & Kim Starr
(Burmese Fishtail Palm, Fishtail Palm)
Named for the unusual shape of its leaf segments, this small to medium-sized, clump-forming palm from Indian to Southeast Asia is grown for its lush immense fronds. Its stems are monocarpic, each individual trunk dying after flowering and fruiting.
The enormous, arching, evergreen fronds are borne atop slender gray trunks laced with black hairy fibers. Each frond comprises numerous broad, somewhat triangular, rich green leaflets, borne in two ranks along a midrib (or "rachis"). The leaflets...
(Bangalow Palm, King Palm, Piccabeen Palm)
King palm is a tall evergreen with bright green leaves, sometimes having brown scales on the paler green undersides. The trunk is straight and slender with interesting rings. Lavender-purple flowers occur on cream-colored stalks; fruits are round and bright red when mature.
The graceful king palm thrives in full sun with ample water or in partial shade. It is fast growing, but tender to prolonged modestly sub-freezing temperatures. It is best sheltered from strong winds and is most attractive...