Gerald L. Klingaman
(Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Plant)
Forming a clumping tuft of dark green and ivory leaves that often arch or curl backwards, 'Vittatum' is a showy selection of the common spider plant. Indigenous to South Africa this is a frost-tender, clump-forming perennial that is often used as a tropical groundcover or hanging basket houseplant. Spider plant spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) and by young plants borne on the sprawling or dangling stems.
Grass-like leaves are dark green but with a central band of ivory. Plants produce small,...
Forest & Kim Starr
Wide leaves distinguish this spider plant from its more common cousin, Chlorophytum comosum. Chlorophytum orchidastrum is a tender perennial native to West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone. The lush, clump forming tropical is grown exclusively for its beautiful foliage.
Its broad lance-shaped leaves are held in neat rosettes atop fleshy rhizomes that spread slowly. They are glossy, medium green and have lighter petioles, or leaf stems. The roots are thick, fleshy and form...
(Fire Flash Spider Plant, Spider Plant)
The bright orange leaf stems of 'Fire Flash' add an extra flare to this already interesting and attractive tropical. Chlorophytum orchidastrum is a tender perennial that is native to West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone. Wide leaves distinguish this spider plant from its more common cousin, Chlorophytum comosum.
This lush, clump forming tropical is grown exclusively for its beautiful foliage. Its broad lance-shaped leaves are held in neat rosettes atop fleshy rhizomes that...
(Mexican Orange, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mock Orange)
Sweet, citrusy-smelling white flowers adorn the branches of Mexican orange from very late winter to autumn. An evergreen subtropical shrub from the higher elevations of Mexico, it has glossy, compound foliage, each leaf composed of three, oval leaflets that are fragrant if crushed. In late winter, clusters of five-petaled white blossoms cover the plant, emitting an intoxicating fragrance like that of orange blossoms, and attracting honeybees. The first blooming season lasts for weeks, and then flowering...
James H. Schutte
Mums ring in fall. Their cheerful flowers and timeliness bring to mind fun fall days with bountiful leaf piles, Halloween trick or treats and Thanksgiving eats.
Chrysanthemum is a genus comprised of approximately 20 to 30 species of herbaceous perennials. These originate from regions in Europe to Asia and have been long cultivated for their beautiful flowers—particularly in China and Japan where they are most revered. Thousands of cultivars exist, new and old, most of which are hybrids....
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces charming single apricot daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in early fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Apricot’ spreads fast so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-draining garden loam. 'Apricot' will adopt a neater habit and...
A member of the Autumn Crescendo™ Series of hardy chrysanthemums, 'Bolero' produces numerous golden-yellow blooms with apricot undertones. The 3.5-inch (9 cm), daisy-like blooms appear from late summer to fall above dense spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. Cultivars in the Autumn Crescendo™ Series were selected by Rika Bronsther of Hempstead, New York, from seedlings of the variety 'Apricot' (aka 'Sheffield Pink').
Grow this herbaceous perennial in full sun and well-drained...
(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...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces delicate single pale pink daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in mid to late fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Clara Curtis’ spreads fast, so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed. This cultivar is sometimes listed as 'Country Girl'.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun...