Rarely in cultivation, Spathiphyllum patinii is a markedly elegant peace lily with finer leaves and small, elegant spathe and spadex flowers of white that rise from long, slim stems. Native to the rainforests of South America, it is a low-growing perennial ideal for container culture. The bushy plant has slender lance-shaped, dark green leaves with sunken leaf veins. Each flower has a lance-shaped, backward-arching spathe of white, and long, slender, greenish spadix that points upwards....
Displaying large leaves with pleated veins, this large-flowered peace lily is one of the most ornamental of the Spathiphyllum genus. A tender evergreen perennial native to the humid forests of Colombia and Venezuela, Spathiphyllum wallisii spreads slowly by underground rhizomes to form dense clumps.
The glossy, medium green, elliptical leaves of this lush tropical are held on short, sheathed petioles (leaf stems). Leaf edges are gently wavy. The leaves have corrugated indented...
(Ground Orchid, Penang Beauty Ground Orchid)
The Penang Beauty groundorchid bears flowers atop tall wiry stems year round that are colored like dessert sherbet - yellow, salmon-peach and pink. This vigorous but cold-tender terrestrial orchid is a hybrid resulting from the cross of Spathoglottis plicata with Spathoglottis gracilis, both native to southeastern Asia. Resembling very wide blades of grass or the segments of a feather-fronded palm, the long pleated broadly sword-shaped leaves arise from a cluster of short swollen...
(Rabbit's Paw, Trailing Daisy, Yellow Dots)
An aggressive trailing evergreen perennial that rapidly cloaks the ground with shiny green foliage and sunny yellow daisies, this native of tropical America is best known by its former botanical name, Wedelia. Its long lax stems root at the nodes to form extensive mats of fleshy oval or three-lobed leaves. Small yellow daisies appear just above the foliage whenever weather is sunny and warm, but primarily from spring through summer. Butterflies and bees enjoy these blooms.
(Eyeball Plant, Peek -A- Boo Plant)
Imagine a daisy flower that lacks petals. By itself, that central rounded flower disc looks like an eyeball. The peek-a-boo plant's flower is yellow with a large central area of bronzy sienna, looking like an alien eyeball glaring back at you. Native to South America, this tender perennial is most often grown as an annual that is killed by summer drought or winter cold.
The dark green leaves are shaped like triangles, with deep veins to make the leaf look crinkled. Hints of burgundy or bronze...
(Bird-of-Paradise, Crane Flower)
This is perhaps the ultimate flowering showpiece for frost-free landscapes or a sunny interior room. Bird-of-paradise is a clump-forming, evergreen, subtropical perennial native to South Africa. Its large, bold dark gray-green leaves contrast nicely with its unusual crested flowers. The flower comprises a protruding, pointed, green spathe that gives rise to orange and indigo crests, which resemble exotic bird wings. They arise from tall smooth stems -- crane-like necks -- just above the foliage and...
(Caetê-bravo, Stromanthe )
Grown for its colorful leaves, Stromanthe sanquinea is a member of the prayer plant family and is native to the rain forests of Brazil. It is an evergreen herbaceous perennial and slowly forms spreading clumps.
Its dark olive green leaves are backed with burgundy and arise from rhizomes (underground stems). They are oblong to lance-shaped and move throughout the day to track or avoid the sun. At night, they fold together like praying hands. The flowers are produced in tight, pendulous...
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(Caetê-bravo, Stromanthe )
Grown for its colorful leaves, Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’, also known as 'Tricolor', is a member of the prayer plant family. It is a cultivated selection of a species native to the rain forests of Brazil. It is a tropical evergreen perennial that slowly spreads to form clumps.
Its dark green leaves are variegated with white and cream, backed with hot pink and arise from thick rhizomes (underground stems). They are oblong to lance-shaped and track the sun, or avoid it, during the...