James H. Schutte
(Mandacaru, Night-blooming Cactus, Pleated Cereus)
While grown for its foot-long (30 cm) nocturnal flowers, mandacarú is a large-growing, tree-like cactus. It is native to northeastern Brazil and is quite variable in form, size and presence of spines. Grow it as a houseplant when young, but expect it to become a huge, heavy plant specimen.
Mandacarú is a rather fast growing and upright with numerous vertical branches. There are no leaves, but the green stems photosynthesize sunlight. There are four to six ribs on each stem, and clusters of yellow...
James H. Schutte
(Candelabra Tuna Cactus, Night-blooming Cactus, Rose Cereus)
Nine-inch-long (22 cm), rosy pink, trumpet-shaped flowers grace the skinny, upright stems on Cereus stenogonus. This succulent cactus is native to the arid Chaco highlands of Paraguay and northern Argentina. It develops a thicket of vertical, slender stems, much like a cluster of pipes or flagpoles.
This tree-like cactus has two to three spines in clusters on the four or five ribbed stems. There are no leaves, but the slender, upright pale to blue-green stems photosynthesize sunlight....
(Jessamine, Orange Peel Jessamine)
Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its clusters of golden flowers, ‘Orange Peel’ jessamine brings floral splendor to the garden nearly year round. A hybrid, vigorously growing evergreen shrub, it was developed by crossing day-flowering jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) with the night-jessamine (C. nocturnum). The leaves are glossy green and lance-shaped, darkening as they age or receive full sunlight. Flowering most heavily in spring, it flowers less heavy the rest of the year...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Butterfly Flower, Red Cestrum)
From spring to early fall, red cestrum displays cute clusters of pinkish red, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A fast-growing evergreen shrub with arching branches, it is a Mexican native. The leaves are lance-shaped, mid-green and have tiny silvery hairs. Anytime from spring to early fall, when temperatures are warm and soil moisture plentiful, the small tubular flowers appear in tight clusters on twig tips. Each blossom is pink, pink-red or magenta, long and has five short,...
Carol Cloud Bailey
The relatively short stature of this popular palm make it ideal for smaller landscapes and interiorscapes. Cat palm originates from southeastern Mexico where it naturally can be found growing in the damp forest understory and along moist stream sides. Plants tend to sucker and eventually form concentrated, dense clumps. Most cat palms are sold as container foliage plants for the houseplant market.
This attractive clump-forming palm produces green, elegantly arching, pinnately compound fronds....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.
The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The airy, upright reed palm is a graceful, easy to grow and thrives in low light conditions. It remains short and manageable and forms suckering clumps of palm canes. Native populations exist from southeastern Mexico to Honduras and naturally inhabit the understory of moist, forested areas. It has been introduced to southern Florida where it tends to be found in disturbed forested areas.
Ferny, pinnately compound leaves of rich green crown this graceful palm year round. In summer, mature...