(Forster Sentry Palm, Kentia Palm)
A common palm for home and tropical landscapes, Kentia palm is admired for its elegant, arching fronds. It originates from Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, east of Australia. Overall, it is slow-growing. Landscape specimens become quite large and develop a classic palm look with a bare trunk supporting a crown of long, pinnate palm fronds, but indoor, container-grown plants maintain a manageable size.
The long fronds of Kentia palm are dark green and the slender trunk brown. As trees age,...
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(Porcelain Flower, Wax Flower)
Hoya 'Exotica' has variegated leaves, yellow with green margins blushed with pink. The leaves are smooth, brightly hued and strongly elliptical.
Wax plant is a member of the milkweed family and native to the area from south China to Australia. It is a trailing, tender perennial, shrubby vine. The stout, waxy leaves are oval to oblong in shape, dark green and held oppositely on the stems. The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night and produced in large, rounded clusters. Individual flowers are heavy,...
Hoya 'Krinkle 8'is a compact grower with heavy, green, indented leaves that have a crinkled appearance. The indentations are eight in number giving the plant its name.
Wax plant is a member of the milkweed family and native to the area from south China to Australia. It is a trailing, tender perennial, shrubby vine. The stout, waxy leaves are oval to oblong in shape, dark green and held oppositely on the stems. The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night and produced in large, rounded clusters....
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(Costa Rican Dragon Fruit, Night-blooming Cactus, Purple Pitaya, Strawberry Pear Cactus)
The Costa Rican dragon fruit is an intriguing succulent cactus for a variety of reasons. This plant grows in seasonally wet-to-dry, porous soils in tropical forests from Nicaragua to Panama. Even though it is ground-dwelling, the slender leafless stems flop and clamber as if a vine, gaining support from tree trunks, rocks or walls. This species is renowned for its large white nocturnal flowers that are very short-lived. They measure up to 12-inches long (30 cm) by 12-inches wide (30 cm). Following...
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(Dragon Fruit Cactus, Night-blooming Cactus, Red Pitaya)
The red pitaya or dragon fruit cactus is both a beautiful flowering plant and a source of food. This plant grows in seasonally wet-to-dry, porous soils in tropical forests. Its precise native range is unknown, but possibly from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, and some believe it is also native to the West Indies. It grows either as an epiphyte (on another plant) or in the ground, but always in an organic rich, porous medium. The slender leafless stems flop and clamber as if a vine, gaining support...
The origins of this stunning spider lily are unknown. However, many experts suspect Hymenocallis ‘Tropical Giant’ to be from the West Indies. Where ever it is from, grow it for its large size, spectacular white flowers and night fragrance.
Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' is a clump-forming plant which has thick strap-shaped dark green leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp around each other near the ground to form a false stem on top of huge bulbs. In summer, beautiful...
(Basket Flower, Peruvian Daffodil)
Peruvian lilies are tender, bulb-forming perennials native to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. They are grown for their spectacular white flowers that are fringed and fragrant.
This clump-forming plant has thick strap-shaped dark green leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp around each other near the ground to form a “false stem”. In summer, beautiful fragrant white flowers, which look like a cross between a daffodil and spider lily, appear. These have a fringed cup in the middle surrounded...
Bottle palm is a relatively small, single trunked palm with a magnificent architecture. It is practically extinct on its native Mascarene Islands off the coast of Madagascar. The gray and ringed trunk is very fat and then sharply narrows at the crownshaft where the four to five stiff arching fronds emerge. Its leaves are medium to dark green. In summer, small green to creamy white flowers are produced.
Bottle palm requires full sun and relatively fertile, fast draining soil. Avoid very sandy...