JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Blood Trumpet, Red-bignonia, Scarlet Trumpet Vine)
Beautiful in flower and lush in leaf, this native of Mexico, Central America, and northern South America is a coveted evergreen vine for gardens in mild climates. Its large blood-red trumpet-flowers with golden-yellow throats are the center of attention when in bloom, which is most of the year in the tropics. They open from yellow buds. The flowers are hummingbird magnets. Bean-like seed pods follow the blossoms. The large rich green compound leaves are equipped with grasping tendrils that cling...
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(Cleveland's Shooting Star, Padre's Shooting Star)
The cheerful pink or white flowers of this California native wildflower can't be beat. It can be found in lowland forests, grasslands and scrub from northern California to northwestern Mexico and blooms in spring, after the winter rains. Most commonly called Padre’s Shooting Star, it is rarely cultivated but is sometimes sold at plant nurseries specializing in regional natives.
Neat rosettes of spatula-shaped green leaves are produced in spring and give rise to long, slender stems topped with...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Hopbush, Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, this large broadleaf evergreen shrub thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. Willowy, firm, yellow-green leaves are densely borne on upright spreading stems, often standing erect on the branches. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large colorful seed capsules which may be red, purple, pink, tan, yellow, or green. They dry to a papery texture. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage.
This tough shrub...
(Hopbush, Purple Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, hopbush thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage. The willowy, firm, often upright leaves are densely borne on ascending, branching stems. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large lobed maroon seed capsules. They dry to a papery texture.
This tough shrub does well in sun or partial shade and almost any well drained soil. It tolerates salt spray and drought. Although...
(Ice Plant, Livingstone Daisy)
Livingstone daisy is an easy-to-grow annual that becomes covered in neon-hued, daisy-like blooms all season long. It is native to South Africa and the genus is named in honor of plantsman Dr. Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes’s mother, Dorothea. Also called ice plant, this mat-forming beauty is a true rock garden plant adapted to sunny, open, rocky ares with sharply drained soil. It thrives were summers are not too hot or humid.
The flat, fleshy, succulent, spatula-shaped leaves of ice plant...
(Livingstone Daisy, Mezoo Trailing Red Livingstone Daisy)
Mezoo Livingstone daisy is a sprawling to mounding plant with succulent green leaves edged with white occasionally accented with button-sized red flowers in spring. This annual succulent is from South Africa’s Cape Provinces. The small, round, daisy-like flowers appear on the stems among the heavy, elliptical, pointed leaves. Bright flowers with many petite petals remain open during cloudy weather unlike other Livingstone daises which close if the sky darkens.
This selection of Livingstone...
A delicate, insect devouring wildflower, threadleaf sundew has grassy leaves lined with sticky "dew" and bears lavender-pink flowers in summer. It is native to sandy, piney bogs across the coastal plains of the eastern United States and maritime provinces of Canada.
During winter dormancy, the plant rests in a ground-hugging bud known as a hibernacula. In spring, its thin leaves unfurl like fern fiddleheads. Each bright green leaf is lined with fine, red or bronze hairs with sticky dewdrops on...