Mark A. Miller
(Mrs. George H. Pring Waterlily, Tropical Day-blooming Waterlily)
The day-blooming tropical waterlily ‘Mrs. George H. Pring' is a very free-flowering cultivar with white petals, and outer petals have green stripes. These delicately fragranced, star-shaped flowers are held above the water surface and begin to close in the early evening. The pollen-carrying anthers in the flower's center are a rich golden yellow. This waterlily has egg-shaped, green floating leaves that first emerge with purple blotches that then fade. They are supported by flexible, light green...
Mark A. Miller
(Red Flare Waterlily, Tropical Night-blooming Waterlily)
The night-blooming tropical waterlily ‘Red Flare' is a very free-flowering cultivar with deep red petals and attractive leaves. These large, faintly fragranced, broadly opening flowers are held high above the water surface and open around sunset and close around noon the following day. The pollen-carrying anthers in the flower's center are pink or yellow. This 1938 hybrid waterlily has large, reddish bronze floating leaves with wavy edges that may have an occasional blotch of purple. They are supported...
(Texas Shell Pink Waterlily, Tropical Night-blooming Waterlily)
The night-blooming tropical waterlily ‘Texas Shell Pink’ is a free-flowering cultivar with creamy white petals that have red-purple tips. These cinnamon-fragranced, broadly opening flowers are held above the water surface and open around sunset and close around noon the following day. The pollen-carrying anthers in the flower's center are a dull orange. This waterlily has large, deep yellow-green floating leaves. They are supported by flexible grayish brown stems that arise from a rhizome growing...
James H. Schutte
(Tropical Night-blooming Waterlily, Trudy Slocum Waterlily)
The night-blooming tropical waterlily, ‘Trudy Slocum’ is free-flowering and pungently scented. Its clear white semi-double flowers surround lots of yellow pollen-carrying anthers. The blooms are held above the water’s surface, open around sunset and close at noon the following day. The large round leaves are green with brown-green undersides and float on the surface of the water. (New leaves have occasional purple blotches.) They are supported by flexible brown stems that rise from rhizomes growing...
(Firespike, Purple Firespike)
Hummingbirds love the vibrant blooms of purple firespike. Its dense upright flower clusters are a magenta-pink to lavender and add bright color and interest to warm climate gardens. This upright, tender shrub is native to lower Mexico and Central America where it naturally grows in the forest understory, margins and sometimes open areas.
Fast-growing in the heat and humidity of summer, the upright stems have oval deep green leaves that taper at the tips. These are in pairs along the stems. Stem...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Highest-most Dancing Lady Orchid, Wydler's Dancing Lady Orchid, Wydler's Oncidium Orchid)
One of the plants brought to England by Captain Bligh, Wydler's dancing lady orchid bears a gigantic branched stem laden with hundreds of glossy yellow blooms mottled with olive and sienna. A tender epiphyte from hot, humid lowland forests across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, it is most commonly found growing on palms and other tropical trees.
The plants consist of clusters of flattened, oval pseudobulbs cloaked with papery sheaths. Each pseudobulb holds two long, strap-like...
(Colombian Buttercup, Hand-carrying Orchid, Miniature Dancing Lady Orchid)
The Colombian buttercup is a delightful miniature fall-blooming orchid revered for its bright yellow flowers and compact size. This tropical epiphyte is native to the mid-elevation forests of Nicaragua to Colombia where it clings to the upper branches of the tree tops.
Plants form small, handsome clusters of rounded pseudobulbs, each bulb with one strap-like leaf of light green. In early fall, each mature pseudobulb develops a slender, angled flower stem from its base. The small, long-lasting...