James H. Schutte
(Colewort, Giant Sea Kale)
A massive mound of ornate leaves are attractive by themselves on the colewort, but the many-branched flower stems with wispy, baby's breath-like white flowers makes this herbaceous perennial a showstopper. Colewort, a relative of cabbage and broccoli, is native to western Asia's Caucasus Mountains.
In spring, a rosette of long-stemmed dark green leaves emerge from the ground. Each laef blade is kidney-shaped or oval with a puckering center and toothed, bristled edges. It creates an alluring...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Delicious in taste and in visual texture, sea kale has ruffled grayish blue-green leaves and pretty white blossoms in very late spring. This herbaceous perennial can be evergreen in mild winter areas but often dies back with subfreezing temperatures. It is often grown as an annual vegetable, particularly in its native range of coastal northern and western Europe and around the Black Sea.
With spring coolness, the young leaves are purplish gray and eventually grow into a large blade that is floppy...
A variable evergreen succulent found over a wide area of southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, oval to lance-shaped, green or gray-green leaves that often have red spots, margins, or suffusion. Sparsely branched stems crowded with four-ranked leaves emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer. The stems may be upright or prostrate, and the leaves hairy or smooth. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear at the stem tips in summer...
A showy-leaved cultivar of a an evergreen succulent from southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, narrowly oval, bright green leaves that turn orange and scarlet in hot dry weather. Lax, sparsely branched stems emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer, bearing four-ranked leaves that decrease in size toward the stem tips. These leaves also turn brilliant colors as they mature. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear on short stalks...
(Grandfather's Watch Chain)
An excellent groundcover for frost-free gardens, this vigorously spreading, succulent, evergreen perennial is native to rocky terrain in eastern South Africa. Its sprawling stems root at the nodes, rapidly colonizing large areas. The rounded, dark green, pitted leaves are paired along the stems. They may become red-flushed in sun. Fallen leaves can root to form new plants. Branched heads of small starry pink flowers open from reddish buds in spring. After blooming, flower stalks may produce very...
(Watch Chain Plant)
This beautiful fine textured succulent has fine, elongated, procumbent stems lined with small, dense, fleshy, scale-like leaves that give it an almost moss-like appearance. South African in origin, it is adapted to high light and a very long dry season. This variety is larger than the species but is otherwise identical.
Overall, it has a spreading habit but its central stems are upright, while the peripheral stems tend to fall to the side—giving the plant a dense and tidy appearance. In cultivation...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Crosby's Dwarf Jade Plant, Jade Plant)
Crosby's dwarf jade plant has small, bright-green leaves red tinted edges. It makes a superb specimen plant for smaller garden spaces indoors or out.
Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding year round. In late-winter or spring it produces a wealth of tiny, starry white or pinkish flowers borne in small clusters. It is best known as a popular house plant, which can...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Gollum Jade Plant, Jade Plant)
Unique among jade plants, 'Gollum' has tubular green leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Small starry white or pinkish flowers provide additional ornament from spring to fall. Mature specimens are very compact, so this is a good choice for smaller containers and garden spaces.
Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding...