(Finger Plant, Indian Tree Spurge, Pencil Plant, Sticks-on-Fire Spurge)
This brilliantly colored succulent is beloved by modern landscape designers who use its fiery color for accent and focal point. 'Sticks-on-Fire' develops its best hues during short days of winter provided it is grown in full sun. The origin of its green parent species is probably coastal Mozambique, with this strongly tinted variety is a contemporary selection. This coloration reduces chlorophyll, which stunts these plants to less than a third of its parent.
'Sticks-on-fire", commonly called...
James H. Schutte
(Giant Hybrid Crown-of-Thorns, Thai Crown-of-Thorns)
Large flowers, compact habit and wicked thorns describe this hybrid crown-of-thorns. It is a cross between crown-of-thorns Euphorbia milii and white crown of thorns Euphorbia lophogona both from Madagascar and usually marketed as Supergrandiflora hybrids. The branches are gray to brown, covered with conical thorns and tipped with oblong, evergreen leaves. The flowers are grouped on long stalks at the ends of the branches and have two very showy bracts or modified leaves. The flower...
Straelender Sunshine bush daisy is a medium-sized tender shrub with evergreen foliage and bright yellow daisy flowers. This is a selection taken from a mutation on Euryops anthanasiae. The leaves are roughly textured, dark green and many-lobed. The larger-than-usual flowers, which occur year-round, are most prolific from autumn to spring. The petals are bright to golden yellow and surround a yellow-orange central disc. They are held on long, wiry stems above the sparsely spaced leaves,...
James H. Schutte
(African Bush Daisy, Golden Daisy Bush)
African bush daisy is a medium-sized tender shrub with evergreen foliage and bright yellow daisy flowers. From the Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa, it grows naturally in coarse, fast-draining soil with high nutrient content. The plants naturally exist on open, rocky seaside areas, so they are well-adapted to drought and aerosol salt.
The leaves are a lush, glossy and medium green. Each has seven to nine lobes, which make them look like tiny oak leaves. The yellow daisy flowers do not...
Yellow bush daisy is a small, sturdy, broadleaf evergreen shrub from South Africa bearing cheery yellow daisies from late spring to fall, or year round in greenhouses. The handsome, finely divided leaves are hairy and gray-green, often silvery-white during the cool and/or dry season. Leaves are more green when wettened after a rainfall.
This shrub needs very well drained, fertile soil in full sun. It is suitable for rock gardens, containers, and shrub borders where hardy; otherwise it can be...
(Cape Daisy, Dwarf Cape Daisy, Gray-leaved Euryops, Munchkin Euryops)
Yellow bush daisy is a tender broadleaf evergreen shrub from South Africa. The compact selection 'Munchkin' produces its bright yellow daisies on plants that reach only waist high. Flowering continues year round in frost-free climates. Plants have upright stems with fuzzy, finely divided, gray-green leaves spaced along their length. They sometimes lose their lower foliage as they age, revealing the tan colored stems. The 4cm (1.5 inch) wide blooms are held above the foliage on fine, stiff stalks....
(Golden Shrub Daisy)
Selected and named for the rich deep green color of its finely divided leaves, this small, sturdy, broadleaf evergreen shrub bears cheery yellow daisies on short stems from late spring to fall, or year round if winter temperatures are mild (as in its native South Africa).
This shrub needs very well drained, fertile soil in full sun. It is suitable for rock gardens, containers, and shrub borders where hardy; otherwise it can be grown in an alpine house or cool greenhouse. It makes an excellent...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Pua Kenikeni, Ten Cent Flower)
One of the most fragrant and exquisite flowers used in leis, pua kenikeni, or "ten cent flower", bears tubular ivory flowers that age to gold in summer and autumn. A slow growing tree native to the south Pacific and tropical eastern Australia, its flowers are also potent enough to impart their fragrance into coconut oil for use as massage and hair oils. This tree attains a spreading to rounded shape.
The large, oval, glossy leaves can have gentle ripples across them, giving the plant an interesting...
(Blue Daisy, Blue Marguerite)
A bushy, cold-tender, evergreen subshrub often grown as an annual, this South African native is prized for its showy blooms that resemble small daisies. Dense, calf- to waist-high plants clad with small, mid- to dark-green, oval leaves give rise to luminous blue, yellow-eyed blossoms on long stems. Bloom continues year-round as long as nights are cool and days not too hot, provided plants are deadheaded. The popular cultivar 'Read's White' has white flowers; the leaves of 'Variegata' have creamy-white...