Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida
(Petunia, Surfinia® Petunias)
Surfinia® Series petunias offer vigorous, cascading growth and prolific season-long bloom. The velvety, funnel-shaped blooms come in an extensive array of warm and cool hues including white, yellow, lavender, blue, purple, red, pink, and peach. The flowers are noted for heat, rain and humidity tolerance.
Hybrid petunias are garden standbys. Developed from several South American petunia species, these sun- and heat-loving annuals or tender perennials were among the first ornamentals to be...
(Petunia, Surfinia® Victorian Pearl Petunia)
The hybrid petunia Surfinia® Victorian Pearl features a vigorous cascading habit and prolific season-long bloom. The velvety, funnel-shaped flowers are pearl-white with pink veins and pale green throats. They are noted for heat, rain and humidity tolerance.
Hybrid petunias are garden standbys. Developed from several South American petunia species, these sun- and heat-loving annuals or tender perennials were among the first ornamentals to be bred for the bedding plant market in the 1950s....
(Grandiflora Petunia, Petunia, Ultra Petunias)
Ultra Series petunias feature a compact mounding habit and the huge blooms typical of Grandiflora hybrids. The ruffled flowers come in shades of blue, rose, red, coral, salmon, white, yellow and purple, sometimes with white stars or contrasting veins and throats. Bloom begins early and continues all season. Unlike many Grandifloras, these hybrids are very weather-resistant and bounce back quickly after rain.
Hybrid petunias are garden standbys. Developed from several South American petunia...
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(Lovely Moth Orchid, Lovely Phalaenopsis)
The national flower of Indonesia, the lovely moth orchid bears a short, arching stem with white flowers from autumn to spring. This tropical epiphyte is native to Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines. It naturally grows on the branches of trees over rivers in hot, humid lowlands. This moth orchid is unique in that it needs much brighter light than most others. Healthy plants develop bronze-red tints on their medium green leaves.
The three to five leaves of lovely moth orchid...
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(Deer Antler Moth Orchid, Deer-antlered Phalaenopsis)
The compact deer antler moth orchid bears branched stems decorated with star-like, spotted blossoms. Blooming is heaviest from spring to fall but can continue into the year with good care. Naturally found growing as an epiphyte (growing upon a plant) or lithophyte (growing upon a rock), this fragrant orchid is native to forested regions from India to Indonesia and the Philippines.
Its tongue-like leaves are oblong and rise from nodes on a very short stem. As it slowly elongates, it adds a new...
Perfect as a houseplant or tropical groundcover, the bushy philodendron 'Autumn' has lush foliage in warm shades reminiscent of changing autumn leaves. A shrubby evergreen with South American origins, it is "self-heading" meaning it does not creep or climb in a vine-like manner like some other philodendrons.
The leaves of 'Autumn' arise from a root clump on long, green stems that are firm but fleshy. Leaf blades are long, oval and somewhat heart-shaped. New growth is glossy orange-red above and...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Black Cardinal Philodendron, Philodendron)
Glossy bronze and blackish green describes the lush foliage of the Black Cardinal philodendron. A hybrid, low growing, clumping tender perennial shrub, this philodendron is "self heading", meaning it does not climb or sprawl like a vine.
The leaves are broadly oval or truly lance-shaped, emerging light orange or bronze. They slowly mature to a deeper, truly dark green with inclination to nearly black, and oldest leaves on the lowest part of the plant darkest and dullest. Flowers can arise during...
Brasil heart-leaf philodendron sprawls its fleshy stems with numerous blotched, yellow and green, heart-shaped leaves, each with a pointed tip that collects morning dew. A native of eastern Mexico, it is a fast growing, tender evergreen vine. The waxy, juicy stems are reddish pink when young and deepen to a pink-orange before eventually turning light green. Along the stems are evenly spaced, glossy green, heart-shaped leaves with streaks or blotches of yellow that are most concentrated in the center....
Carol Cloud Bailey
Congo philodendron's large, glossy, green and light green leaves rise from a central clump of stems, perfect as a houseplant or tropical groundcover. A shrub-like evergreen that was developed from plants native to northern South America, it is considered a "self-heading" philodendron, that is, it does not crawl or climb in a vine-like manner. Its leaves appear from a root clump on long, light green, firm but fleshy stems. The leaf blade is long and oval, perhaps somewhat heart-shaped and is glossy...
Evoking the exotic lushness of a tropical jungle, ‘Hope’ philodendron has extra large, wavy edged, elephant ear leaves. It is a "self-heading" hybrid evergreen shrub that forms a graceful, lush clump of stems and foliage. It has demonstrated excellent cold tolerance, surviving in USDA zone 8 and mildest parts of USDA zone 7 where it grows like a herbaceous perennial.
The gloriously huge leaf blades of ‘Hope’ are triangular, medium green and glossy with deep, wavy incisions along the edges. Mature...