(Bacopa, Taifun® White Bacopa)
This selection of Bacopa is notable for the large size of its flowers and its lengthy, trailing stems. Descended from a species native to South Africa, it is a tender perennial most often grown as an annual in containers and particularly graceful in hanging baskets. Like its parent,'Wesbawei'has small, medium-green leaves on thin stems and masses of five-petaled, snowflake-like flowers that stand above the stems. Bloom is profuse all season long. The flowers do not require deadheading, but the stems...
(Bacopa, Candy Floss Blue Bacopa)
This is a selection of Sutera (or Bacopa) with larger than usual pale blue flowers. It is a trailing tender perennial and outstanding ornamental for containers and hanging baskets. Like it South African parent, 'Yasflos' has a luxurious cascading habit, small, medium green leaves and a profusion of five-petaled open flowers held above the stems and leaves. Bloom is continuous and the flowers do not require deadheading, but plants may need an occasional haircut if they become uncomely.
(Bacopa, Cabana® Bacopa, Hearleaf Bacopa)
Members of the Cabana® Series have bigger flowers than other selections. These popular trailing tender perennials are outstanding ornamentals for containers and hanging baskets. South African in origin, they have luxurious cascading habits, small, medium green leaves and produce masses of five-petaled, snowflake-like flowers of white, pink, or violet-blue. These appear in profusion all season long and do not require deadheading, but plants may require an occasional haircut if they become uncomely....
The plants in this series are notable for larger than usual flowers. Their parent species, native to South Africa, is a trailing, tender perennial, popular for containers and hanging baskets. Like their parent, these have a luxurious cascading habit, small, medium green leaves and masses of five-petaled, snowflake-like flowers in white, or violet-blue. The flowers appear in profusion all season long and do not require deadheading, but plants may require an occasional haircut if they become uncomely....
(Batflower, Black Batflower)
The large rippled leaves and outlandish blooms of black bat flower are a unique presence in the tropical garden or greenhouse. A tender semi-evergreen perennial that grows from an underground tuber, it is native to Thailand. Clumps of dark glossy-green lance-shaped leaves on long erect or arching petioles give rise to tall flower stalks. Clusters of maroon-black, cup-shaped flowers nod at their tips, made even more sinister by their wing-like basal bracts and spidery thread-like appendages. Sporadic...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Batflower, Polynesian Arrowroot)
Batflower's deeply lobed, large green leaves on fleshy stems make a dramatic backdrop to the thread-like, arching, dark reddish black flowers in spring and summer. From the Old World tropical zones of the Eastern Hemisphere, this is a dry season-dormant tender herbaceous perennial. The return of warmth in the spring finds the fleshy stemmed leaves, large and deeply lobed and a bright, glossy green, emerging from the soil. Shortly thereafter and continuing through the summer, tall green stems float...
James H. Schutte
(Sweet Scented Marigold)
Also known as Mexican tarragon, this shrubby, aromatic perennial from Mexico and Guatemala is a traditional element of the cuisine of that region.
The toothed, narrowly lance-shaped, licorice-scented leaves of Mexican tarragon are oppositely borne on upright to sprawling, 1- to 3-foot (30 to 90 cm) stems. Flat-topped clusters of small, yellow, 5- to 7-petaled blooms are borne at the stem tips and leaf axils in late summer. Plants die back to a woody base in winter.
This sun-loving perennial...