(Chile Pepper, Ornamental Pepper)
The long, colorful, generally hot fruits of the chili pepper are invaluable in cuisines across the globe and attractive enough for plants to be used as ornamentals. Members of the Longum group encompass many popular peppers such as poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, cayenne peppers and various other chilis.
Originating from the tropical Americas, these annuals have been grown and selected by Native Americans since pre-history times. In fact, their specific region of origin is still unknown...
(Chile Pequin Pepper)
The long, broad cultivation history of the pepper best explains why its fruits come in a myriad of forms tastes and colors, whether they are big or small, hot or sweet, red or yellow.
Native to tropical America, these annuals have been grown and selected by Native Americans since pre-history times. In fact, their specific region of origin is still unknown due to distribution by man. Peppers became available to Europeans when the new and old worlds connected. Since then, many unique selections...
James H. Schutte
(Aji, Datil, Goat Pepper, Habanero, Jamaican Hot, Rocotillo, Scotch Bonnet)
Hot pepper lovers are passionate about the super spicy peppers in this species. In fact, some of the variable fruits in Capsicum chinense are some of the hottest in the world. Grown for their pungent flavor and fruity aroma, they are mostly associated with the cuisines of Mexico and the Caribbean and may be called Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Rocotillo, Congo Pepper, Bonda Man Jacques, Red Dominica, Goat Pepper, Jamaican Hot, Trinidad Seasoning Pepper, Datil and Adjuma. Many of these common...
(Musk Thistle, Nodding Thistle)
Although an impressive plant with ornate leaves and showy red-violet flowers, the nodding thistle remains one of the most widespread weeds in temperate climates. Native to Europe and Asia, it grows as a biennial with deep taproot, but in milder climates grows also as a winter annual.
In its first year of growth, the nodding thistle develops a basal rosette of deeply lobed, spiny, dark green leaves. As the plant ages, often in the second year, the rosette sends up a stem lined with more spiny...
(Amazon Mist Sedge, Hybrid Sedge, Sedge)
This is an eye-catching, useful selection of a sedge native to New Zealand. The slender grassy leaves grow in a wide clump shaped like a fountain. They are blue-green on top, white on the underside, with tips that curl back on themselves and twist to reveal the white side, making the perimeter of the clump look misty. Though it much resembles an ornamental grass, it comes from a different family all together, and like many of its fellow sedges, is more versatile than grasses, being tolerant of both...
(Cappuccino New Zealand Sedge, Hybrid Sedge, New Zealand Sedge)
This is an eye-catching, useful selection of a sedge native to New Zealand. The slender, arching leaves grow in a clump that is upright in the center and spreading at the edges. They emerge red-brown and mature to a coppery brown, often with bright-orange tips. Though it much resembles an ornamental grass, it comes from a different family of plants, and like many of its fellow sedges, is more versatile than grasses, being tolerant of both full sun and partial sun and moist to almost-wet soils. The...