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...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Butterfly Flower, Red Cestrum)
From spring to early fall, red cestrum displays cute clusters of pinkish red, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A fast-growing evergreen shrub with arching branches, it is a Mexican native. The leaves are lance-shaped, mid-green and have tiny silvery hairs. Anytime from spring to early fall, when temperatures are warm and soil moisture plentiful, the small tubular flowers appear in tight clusters on twig tips. Each blossom is pink, pink-red or magenta, long and has five short,...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped...