(Night-blooming Cactus, Peruvian Apple Cactus)
The Peruvian apple cactus is a widely adapted, tree-like cactus that produces beautiful, edible fruit. It is native to central South America but its exact area of origin is debated because it was cultivated and distributed by indigenous peoples early on.
This is a highly variable species, which may bear large spines or almost none along its eight vertical ribs. There are no leaves, but the green stems photosynthesize sunlight. Its large, green and white flowers are tubular, many petaled and...
James H. Schutte
(Candelabra Tuna Cactus, Night-blooming Cactus, Rose Cereus)
Nine-inch-long (22 cm), rosy pink, trumpet-shaped flowers grace the skinny, upright stems on Cereus stenogonus. This succulent cactus is native to the arid Chaco highlands of Paraguay and northern Argentina. It develops a thicket of vertical, slender stems, much like a cluster of pipes or flagpoles.
This tree-like cactus has two to three spines in clusters on the four or five ribbed stems. There are no leaves, but the slender, upright pale to blue-green stems photosynthesize sunlight....
(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.
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(Flowering Quince, Orange Delight Flowering Quince)
In late winter and early spring the hybrid flowering quince, 'Orange Delight', displays vibrant orange-red flowers that attract early-season bees. This medium-sized shrub has a rounded to spreading habit and dense, thorny twigs that make it useful for protective hedges or screens.
Clusters of semi-double, bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The simple leaves emerge slightly bronze in spring and turn dark green as the season progresses....
James H. Schutte
(Flowering Quince, Toyo-nishiki Flowering Quince)
Noted for its early spring clusters of bowl-shaped flowers in white, coral-pink and light pink, 'Toyo-nishiki' is considered one of the prettiest flowering quinces for the garden. Its buds and blossoms cover the plant while the oval, teethed, green leaves emerge on the zig-zagged, thorny branches. Fragrant yellow, apple-shaped fruits ripen in the fall and are cooked for preserves and jellies, but are not eaten fresh.
Though it grows and flowers best in full sun and well-drained, acidic-to-neutral...