James H. Schutte
(Gorongowe Cycad, Rhodesian Cycad)
Impressively elegant in stature, the frond-like leaves of Encephalartos manikensis are stiff and gently arching, with medium green leaflets. Native to rocky hillsides in the highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, this slow growing cycad has a trunk-like, rounded stem that will slowly reach waist height.
At the top of the Gorongowe cycad's stem is a circular rosette of long dark green leaves. Each leaf frond is ornately lined with medium to dark green slightly prickly leaflets. The leaflets...
James H. Schutte
(Lebombo Cycad, Xhosa)
Resembling a miniature date palm in appearance, the spiny, frond-like leaves of Encephalartos senticosus are stiff and upright, with dark green leaflets. Native to rocky slopes and cliffs in the Lebombo Range in northeastern South Africa, this slow growing cycad has a trunk-like, very thick stem that will slowly reach head-height.
At the top of the Lebombo cycad's stem is a circular rosette of long dark green leaves. Each leaf frond is ornately lined with medium to dark green leaflets...
(Bushman's River Cycad)
Bushman's River cycad forms a suckering clump of plants over several decades. The stiff, frond-like leaves are gray to blue-gray and teem with numerous sharp leaflets and lobes. Native to the hot, sunny scrub and rocky ridges of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, this very slow growing clumping cycad is considered one of the most ornamental and cold-hardy of the African cycads.
The low, stem-like stump of this cycad holds five to seven leaves. Very old plants may be a multi-stumped clump. Each...
The numerous frond-like leaves of Encephalartos woodii are stiff and held outward and upright, with dark glossy green leaflets held on arching stems. Native to open, forested hillsides in South Africa, this relatively fast-growing, vigorous cycad often suckers at its base, producing a clump with great age. This species was discovered in 1895, and no female plants have ever been located.
The trunk-like stem of Wood's cycad is tan and thick, flaring out at the base when this tree-like...
(Enkianthus, Himalayan Bells)
Western plant explorers often state that the Himalayan bells is one of the most beautiful shrubs of the highlands of southern Asia. Growing in woodlands and thickets at mid-elevations of the Himalayan Mountains, from northeastern India and western China to Burma, this deciduous plant varies from a shrub to a small tree. Its grandest feature is the pendent flowers of cream and pink that occur from spring to summer, depending on elevation. Seed was collected for use in the West in the 1870s.
The sweetly fragant, waxy, pale-pink bell-flowers of trailing arbutus are one of the highlights of spring in the eastern North American woods, and in any garden that is blessed with this delightful broadleaf evergreen. Creeping stems bear loose mats of oblong, wavy-edged, slightly fuzzy leaves, held stiffly on relatively long stalks. The flowers cluster among the leaves at the tips of the stems. Forms with double or deep-pink flowers are sometimes available.
This lovely little woodlander likes...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The fiery, late-season flowers of this shrubby perennial are irresistible to hummingbirds. It is native to dry rocky canyons and uplands from northwestern Mexico to the Northwest United States.
The bright green to gray-green, lance-shaped to linear leaves of this variable perennial alternate or are paired along brittle, upright to arching stems that may be calf- to waist-high. Leaves often persist year-round in mild climates, but plants are deciduous where sub-freezing temperatures are frequent....