Gerald L. Klingaman
Hooked leaves on this rosetted plant may find you calling it an aloe, but not so fast! Native to Uruguay and southern Brazil, Dyckia remotiflora forms a dense rosette that eventually multiplies into a rounded cluster of plants.
Each leaf is a long curving spear, emanating outward from the center. Satin-glossed and dark green, the spines on the leaf margins are silvery, as are the leaf undersides which are covered in scales. In late spring, mature plants send up a short, branched flower...
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Whether grown in the ground or upon a tree branch or rock wall, Hanbury's encyclia orchid is no less than extravagant from late winter into early summer with a tall flower spike of many rosy tan to mauve blossoms. A terrestrial (ground-growing) tender orchid from the highlands of Mexico and Guatemala, it can be found in clumps in the dappled shade of pine woodlands there. It also can grow as an epiphytic (growing upon another plant such as a tree) or wedged between rocks on a cliff.
From the dry, stony grasslands of northern Portugal and Spain, this evergreen wallflower is semi-woody and forms shrubby spreading clumps of foliage over time. Elongated clusters of pinkish purple flowers are produced from spring to fall and are especially prolific where summers are mild and dry. Where not hardy, it is a popular bedding annual because it’s fast growing, floriferous and tough.
Narrow, lance-shaped leaves of green to gray-green cover this low, bushy perennial all year around....
This is an exceptional variegated perennial. The beautiful leaves of variegated alpine wallflower have broad, creamy white margins that glow in sunlight. From spring to fall, upright clusters of purplish pink flowers are produced. Though not as robust as the parent species, it is still reasonably vigorous and easy to grow.
From the dry, stony grasslands of northern Portugal and Spain, Erysimum linifolium is semi-woody and forms shrubby spreading clumps of foliage over time. Elongated...
(California Poppy, Orange King California Poppy)
California poppy is a variable species found in the grasslands of the western and southwestern United States. An annual or long-lived perennial, 'Orange King' is slightly taller growing and has strongly orange flowers above lacy blue-green or gray foliage from spring throughout fall in the hottest climates. Plants will continuously bloom if pinched back, otherwise will produce interesting seedheads that will attract hungry songbirds.
California poppy prefers full sun and average, well drained...