Tall stems are topped with upright, blue-violet or white, cup-shaped flowers with starry petals in summer on the nettle-leaved bellflower. A native to the lands around the Mediterranean, this perennial can develop woody, shrub-like stems in regions with mild winters.
Its foliage is dark green, and stems are lightly hairy and a lighter yellow-green. Each leaf blade is oval but tapering to a point, with jagged edges and bulging veins on the undersides. In midsummer, the flowers, which can be blue-violet...
(Bernice Bellflower, Nettle-leaved Bellflower)
The tall stems of ‘Bernice’ are topped with flaring, double- to triple-layered, bowl-shaped flowers of rich, violet-blue. One of the prettiest of tall bellflowers, it is derived from a species native to the Mediterranean region, and rivals the beauty of delphiniums when in flower. This woody-based perennial produces dark green, oval, toothed foliage which is prickly to the touch. In midsummer, the distinctive flowers open loosely on branched stems, attracting bees and butterflies.
Forest & Kim Starr
(Chanel No.5 Tree, Perfume Tree, Ylang-Ylang)
Renowned for its breathtakingly fragrant blooms, this native of India and Southeast Asia is one of the tropic's finest flowering trees. It grows rapidly into a medium-sized tree with drooping to horizontal branches, smooth grayish-brown bark, and a rounded canopy.
The willow-like branches bear two alternating ranks of narrowly elliptic, medium- to dark-green leaves with lighter green undersides. Usually the leaves droop slightly, accentuating the tree's semi-weeping look. Intermittently throughout...
(Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper, Ornamental Pepper)
The 2006 All-American Selections award-winning ornamental pepper, ‘Black Pearl’, is has deep purple-black foliage and colorful small cherry peppers that turn from purple to red. The edible fruits are very, very hot but typically grown for beauty, not consumption. Consequently, nursery growers tend to treat them with chemical pesticides not suitable for edible plants, so be caution should be taken eating from nursery-grown stock.
Cherry peppers are bushy, well-branched plants with rigid stems...
James H. Schutte
Papaya is a small, short-lived tropical tree-like herb bearing large melon-shaped fruits directly on its thick stem. The large scalloped, seven-lobed leaves top the hollow trunk. The fruit is edible and enzymes from the plant are used as meat tenderizer. Ordinarily you need both male and female plants for fruit production, however some plants have both gender flowers on the same plant.
Papaya needs a full sun to partial sun exposure, it appreciates heat. In the warm months, ensure it has plenty...
(Panama Hat Palm, Panama Hat Plant)
Certain to make you think it is a palm, the palm-like shrub Panama hat palm has large segmented fan-like leaves and ginger-like flowers. A short-stemmed, evergreen tropical shrub native to southern Central America and extreme northern South America, it is only a cousin to true palms and is more closely related to screw pines (Pandanus spp.).
The large dark green leaves extend upwards from the short stumpy stem. The petioles (leaf stems) are rigid and long, topped by a leaf that...
James H. Schutte
(Giant Fishtail Palm)
Named for the unusual shape of its leaf segments, this towering, single-trunked palm from upland rain forests of Southeast Asia is one of the largest and most spectacular plants for tropical gardens. A monocarpic palm, it dies after it flowers and fruits.
Borne on massive leaf stems ("petioles"), the enormous, upright or inclined, evergreen fronds can be as long as a small bus. Each frond comprises numerous broad, somewhat triangular, bright green leaflets, borne in two ranks along a midrib...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Fishtail Wine Palm, Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm)
Named for the unusual shape of its leaf segments, this large, single-trunked palm from India and Southeast Asia is one of the most spectacular foliage plants for tropical gardens. A monocarpic palm, it dies after it flowers and fruits.
Borne on massive leaf stems ("petioles"), the enormous, arching, evergreen fronds are arranged spirally on the upper reaches of the stout trunk. Each frond comprises numerous long, triangular, bright green leaflets, borne in two ranks along a midrib (or "rachis")....