The idea of growing plants in environmentally controlled areas has existed since Roman times. The Roman emperor Tiberius ate a cucumber-like vegetable daily. The Roman gardeners used artificial methods (similar to the greenhouse system) of growing to have it available for his table every day of the year. Cucumbers were planted in wheeled carts which were put in the sun daily, then taken inside to keep them warm at night. The cucumbers were stored under frames or in cucumber houses glazed with either oiled cloth known as specularia or with sheets of selenite (a.k.a. lapis specularis), according to the description by Pliny the Elder.
Agave attenuata ‘Nova’ (Blue Fox Tail Agave) – A selection of A. attenuata collected along a high rocky cliff at 7,200 feet in the Sierra de Manantlan by Myron Kimnack and Fred Boutin in 1970. Seedlings from these plants were originally distributed by the Huntington Botanic Garden (ISI#1442) in 1984. It is much bluer and has wider leaves than A. attenuata and the flower stalk is erect where A. attenuata droops over. Culture and growth patterns are otherwise similar to the species. Grows to about 3-4 feet tall by as wide. Hardy to about 28 degrees F. In 2003 the Huntington Botanic Gardens announced that Agave attenuata var. nova (ISI#1442).
This plant has long, cascading stems covered in tiny white flowers. Great in hanging baskets and decorative containers where its pretty trailing habit can be shown off.
Keep it evenly watered for continuous bloom.
Ipomoea pes-caprae, also known as Beach Morning Glory or Goat’s Foot, is a common pantropical creeping vine belonging to the family Convolvulaceae. It grows on the upper parts of beaches and endures salted air. It is one of the most common and most widely distributed salt tolerant plants and provides one of the best known examples of oceanic dispersal. Its seeds float and are unaffected by salt water.
Originally described by Linnaeus, it was placed in its current genus by Robert Brown in 1818.
Bougainvillea (/ˌbuːɡɨnˈvɪliə/ or /ˌboʊɡɨnˈvɪliə/) is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. They are native plants of South America from Brazil west to Perú and south to southern Argentina (Chubut Province). Bougainvillea are also known as buganvilla (Spain), bugambilia (Mexico), Napoleón (Honduras), veranera (Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama), trinitaria (Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Venezuela), Santa Rita (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), bonggavilla (Philippines) or papelillo (northern Peru).
Specimen plant. Sky blue flowers looking like butterflies – unusual color for tropics. Clerodendrum ugandense has been cultivated in botanical gardens for almost 100 years, but has only recently been considered as flowering potplant. It is a fast growing plant which in nature grows to 6-9 ft, but is easily kept much smaller. The irregular flowers are bright blue, in two different shades of blue and are produced more or less continuously throughout the summer and fall. Flowers have long purple anthers which bend elegantly upwards.
Grow this clerodendrum in partial shade. Water freely in growth but reduce watering in winter. Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 – 11. Performs best in a frostfree climate, but it is root hardy in zones 8 and 9, freezing to the ground in winter, but returning from its roots in spring.
Prune back as needed to keep it in bushy shape. Cut back the old wood to a pair of buds to improve flowering. In areas that get frost, you can get the most consistent flowering by growing it in a large pot that can be brought indoors when temperatures approach freezing.
It has an odd scent when the leaves are brushed which may serve to repel chewing insects because it is pest free.
Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia south to central Florida, and west to East Texas and Oklahoma. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large, striking, evergreen tree with large, dark green leaves up to 20 cm (8 in) long and 12 cm (4.5 in) wide, and large, white, fragrant flowers up to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter. Widely cultivated in warmer areas around the world, over 50 cultivars have been bred and marketed commercially. The timber is hard and heavy, and has been used commercially to make furniture, pallets, and veneer.
The alexander has a “head” that’s a more moderate-size scale than some larger palms, allowing it to be planted in fairly narrow spaces.
Sometimes called “Solitaire Palm” because it’s solitary in nature (meaning it only grows one trunk), this pretty palm shows off to best advantage with multiple trunk specimens for bigger landscaping impact.
A fairly slow-growing shrub or small tree, the cattley guava generally ranges from 6.5 to 14 ft (2-4 m) tall but the yellow-fruited may attain 40 ft (12 m). Both have slender, smooth, brown-barked stems and branches, and alternate, evergreen, obovate, dark, smooth, glossy, somewhat leathery leaves 1 1/3 to 4 3/4 in (3.4-12 cm) long and 5/8 to 2 1/3 in (1.6-6 cm) wide. The fragrant flowers, 5/8 to 2 1/3 in(1.5-6 cm) wide are white with prominent stamens about 3/4 in (2 cm) long, and are borne singly or in 3’s in the leaf axils. The fruit is round or obovoid, 1 to 1 1/2 in (2.5-4 cm) long, tipped with the protruding 4- to 5-parted calyx; thin-skinned, dark-red or purple-red or, in variety lucidum, lemon-yellow. Red-skinned fruits have white flesh more or less reddish near the skin. Yellow-skinned fruits have faintly yellowish flesh. In both types, the flesh is aromatic, about 1/8 in (3 mm) thick, surrounding the central juicy, somewhat translucent pulp filled with hard, flattened-triangular seeds 3/32 in (2.5 mm) long. Free of the muskiness of the common guava, the flavor is somewhat strawberry-like, spicy, subacid.
Roystonea regia, commonly known as the Cuban royal palm, Florida royal palm, or simply the royal palm is a species of palm which is native to southern Florida, Mexico and parts of Central America and the Caribbean. It ranged into central Florida in the eighteenth century but in modern times it is only known from tropical parts of south Florida. A large and attractive palm, it has been planted throughout the tropics and subtropics as an ornamental tree. Although it is sometimes called R. elata, the conserved name R. regia is now the correct name for the species. Populations in Cuba and Florida were long seen as separate species, but are now considered to belong to a single species.
Its bushy growth creates dense shade and the globe-shaped top means no trimming required.
This is a very elegant little tree, and it’s one of the best small shade trees to tuck into any size yard.
And it’s ideal for the nit-picky homeowner who loves all things symmetrical.
It’s neither Japanese in origin nor a fern – though the long thin leaves growing out from stems have a fern-like look.
The Foxtail Palm is endemic to a very small part of Australia, originally decorating the boulder strewn, exposed gravel hills of the Cape Melville range, wholly within the Cape Melville National Park.
The area has been recognised for its rich biocultural diversity, having long and intense Aboriginal associations and a rich biodiversity.
In addition to being a habitat for Foxtail Palms, the Melville Range is a habitat for animals such as the Godman’s rock-wallaby (Petrogale godmani), the tropical ring-tailed gecko (Cyrtodactylus louisiadensi) plus endemic frogs and lizards such as the Cape Melville boulder skink (Cryptoblepharus fuhni), the Melville Range treefrog (Litoria andiirrmalin) and the Cape Melville boulderfrog (Cophixalus zweifeli).
The genus Lobelia comprises a substantial number of large and small annual, perennial and shrubby species, hardy and tender, from a variety of habitats, in a range of colours. Many species appear totally dissimilar from each other. However, all have simple, alternate leaves and 2-lipped tubular flowers, each with 5 lobes. The upper two lobes may be erect, while the lower three lobes may be fanned out. Flowering is often abundant and the flower colour intense, hence their popularity as ornamental garden subjects.
Unlike regular potatoes, which grow best when the soil is cool, sweet potatoes like it hot! They are tropical plants that are very sensitive to cold weather. In warm climates, many gardeners plant sweet potatoes about a month after the last spring frost, when both the air and soil are dependably warm. The plants produce lush vines that make a pretty ground cover, so they are a great crop for beds that adjoin areas that are difficult or tiresome to mow.
Nerium oleander /ˈnɪəriəm ˈoʊliː.ændər/(Tamil:அறளி பூ/Alari pū) is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive Olea.[Note 1] It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin has been identified, though southwest Asia has been suggested. The ancient city of Volubilis in Morocco may have taken its name from the Berber name oualilt for the flower. Oleander is one of the most poisonous of commonly grown garden plants.
Much confusion exists in the trade as to the taxonomic designation for V. awabuki. Most often, it is listed as a selection of V. odoratissimum, however mature plants have no growth characteristics similar to V. odoratissimum, nor do the crushed leaves have the fowl, feted odor. V. odoratissimum has smooth-barked branches and thin leaves, whereas V. awabuki has lenticeled branches and thick leaves, therefore it should be maintained as a legitimate species. The leaves are evergreen, narrow and elliptic, 3-7″ long and ½-2″ wide, extremely thick, and very glossy on the upper surface. The foliage of V. awabuki is so stunning that its the primary reason this plant is utilized. Flowers are white and fragrant, appearing in June. The red fruit is sparse as the species is primarily self-sterile and requires cross pollination. An excellent choice for screening or a bold specimen in the landscape. This species is very shade tolerant and exhibits good drought tolerance once well extablished. Zone 7
Southwest Florida has a long history of harboring people from cold northern winters. Thomas Edison, the famed inventor, found his way to Fort Myers where he bought property along the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in 1885, the same year the city was incorporated. Edison and his wife Mina built a home together to share with family and friends.
Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as Traveller’s Tree or Traveller’s Palm, is a species of plant from Madagascar. It is not a true palm (family Arecaceae) but a member of the bird-of-paradise family, Strelitziaceae. Ravenala madagascariensis is the sole member of the genus Ravenala, and is closely related to the southern African genus Strelitzia and the South American genus Phenakospermum. Some older classifications include these genera in the banana family (Musaceae). Although it is usually considered to be a single species, four different forms have been distinguished.
Trachelospermum jasminoides is commonly grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant. In gardens, public landscapes, and parks it is used as a climbing vine, a groundcover, and a fragrant potted plant on terraces and patios. It will flower in full sun, partial shade, or total shade, and requires well-drained soil (if constantly kept damp it may succumb to fungal infection), moderate water, moderate fertilizer, and a climbing structure (whether a trellis or another plant is secondary). Propagation is most commonly done with cuttings/ clones.
It is widely planted in California and also particularly in the Southeastern United States, where its hardiness, confined to USDA Zones 8-10, the area of the former Confederate States of America, gives it the name confederate jasmine. It gets another of its common names, trader’s compass, from an old Uzbekistan saying that it pointed traders in the right direction, provided they were of good character. It is also called star jasmine in Europe and Chinese jasmine or Chinese ivy in Asia.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family Papaveraceae, native to Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan. It is the sole species in the monotypic genus Lamprocapnos, but is still widely referenced under its old name Dicentra spectabilis (now listed as a synonym). It is valued in gardens and in floristry for its heart-shaped pink and white flowers, borne in spring.
Other common names include “Dutchman’s breeches”, “lyre flower” and “lady-in-a-bath”.
Juniperus conferta, commonly called shore juniper, is a decumbent evergreen shrub that is native to certain sandy coastal areas of Japan and Sakhalin Island (Russia). It is a dense, low-spreading plant that grows 10-18” tall and spreads by creeping, branched stems over time to 6-8’ wide. ‘Blue Pacific’ is a trailing, lower growing cultivar that typically grows to at most 12” tall. In comparison to J. conferta, ‘Blue Pacific’ is noted for having (1) better blue foliage color, (2) better ground cover form, (3) denser foliage along the branches and (4) better resistance to winter injury. Aromatic, awl-shaped, spiny-pointed, blue-green needles (to 5/8” long) appear in groups of three. Fleshy, blackish, berry-like seed cones acquire a silvery bloom at maturity.
Maypan is an F1 hybrid coconut [palm] that was developed by the Research Department of the Coconut Industry Board of Jamaica to be resistant to Lethal Yellowing disease. It was created experimentally in 1962 by cross pollinating two varieties of Cocos nucifera and, after extensive disease exposure and yield performance trials, was named and released in 1974 when a suitable method of mass controlled pollination had been devised. A DwarfxTall hybrid, the Malayan Dwarf seed parents, grown in an isolated seed garden and kept constantly emasculated, are regularly pollinated by blowing a mixture of talc and pollen collected from selected palms of a variety known locally as Panama Tall. This combination gives the Maypan an LY disease resistance approaching that of the Malayan Dwarf and much of the windstorm tolerance of the Panama Tall. It grows to approximately 18 meters in height. The LY resistance of the Maypan, of both of its parents, and of other coconut varieties generally, has been called into question since the 1990s but Maypan, and F1 hybrids using the same types of parents, are still the planting material of choice in the Caribbean and Latin American countries where LY occurs.
Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree.
In Nepal,India and Pakistan it is known as Gulmohar گل مور or گلمور in Hindi and Urdu. In Persian “gul” means “flower”, and “mohr” means “coin” or “stamp”. Also “mor” means “peacock”, which seems to be most close to physical appearance and beauty of this tree. It is also known there as Krishnachura or Krusnachuda (Bengali/Oriya: crown of the Krishna) and Krishnasura (in Assamese and Bengali). In Kerala, it is known as Kaalvaripoo (കാൽവരിപ്പൂവ്). In Vietnam, it is known as Phượng vĩ (means “Phoenix’s Tail) (Vietnamese), Malinche, and Tabachine. In Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, it is known as Llama del Bosque and in Paraguay as Chivato. In Khmer, the tree and the flower is known collectively as “Peacock” or ដើម (tree) or ផ្កា (flower) «ក្ងោក»។ .
Despite the name, this plant is not related to the common jasmine plant. This climbing groundcover has small, dark green, leathery leaves with brownish-red vines. The vines slowly extend across the ground and create a dense, tangled blanket. The leaves grow in opposite pairs and are between 1-2 inches in length.
The plant will grow to at least 3 feet wide and between 6 and 18 inches tall. Asiatic jasmine has small pinwheel-shaped yellow flowers, but rarely blooms in Florida.
Once established, Asiatic jasmine requires very little maintenance to keep it looking nice. Most people use this groundcover where turfgrass won’t grow, as Asiatic jasmine will tolerate many growing conditions and suppresses weed growth.
Lagerstroemia /ˌleɪɡərˈstriːmiə/, commonly known as crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian Subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia, and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world. It is a member of the Lythraceae, which are also known as the loosestrife family. The genus is named after the Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström, who supplied Carolus Linnaeus with plants he collected. These flowering trees are beautifully colored and are often planted both privately and commercially. Popular cultivars used in modern landscaping include the bright red ‘Dynamite’, the deep pink ‘Pink Velour’, and the purple ‘Twilight’ crape myrtle, which also has a bark that changes colors.
It is commonly grown as a houseplant, popular for its tolerance of neglect and poor growing conditions. It is also grown as a landscape plant in milder climates where frosts are not severe. Numerous cultivars have been selected for variations in leaf colour and pattern, often variegated with creamy-white to yellow edges or centres, and dwarf forms. The cultivar ‘Gold Capella’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
The umbrella plant lends itself easily to the bonsai form and is popular as an indoor bonsai.
The plant prefers higher light if possible, but can adapt to a wide variety of light levels. As a tropical plant it likes moisture, but avoid letting the plant sit in water after you water it. It likes to be moist but not wet. Many house plants, including but not limited to the Schefflera arboricola, have been known to grow at a faster rate when exposed to auditory stimuli such as classical music, whistling, or slam poetry.
Under the right conditions, this plant will produce aerial roots that, when they reach the ground, will convert to fully functional roots. They give the plant an unusual and interesting appearance. Three conditions must be maintained for the plant to produce them: a high growth rate, insufficient trunk roots (the plant is root bound or these roots are pruned) and constant, very high humidity.
Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepsis indica) is a small, slow-growing shrub perfect for sunny locations. It’s easy to care for because it keeps a neat, rounded shape naturally, without the need for pruning. The shrub looks great year round and becomes a focal point in spring when large, loose clusters of fragrant, pink or white flowers bloom. The flowers are followed by small blue berries that attract wildlife. Read on to find out how to grow Indian hawthorn.
Agave ‘Joe Hoak’ – A very striking rosette-forming succulent to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. The graceful 2 foot long leaves, which curve upward and then out, are striated with pale gray green and cream and have a strong green margin on the lower half of the leaf. The small well-spaced marginal spines and the 1/2 inch terminal spine are reddish brown. Seen from a distance it might be confused with Furcraea foetida ‘Mediopicta’. Plant in full sun to part shade and water regularly to occasionally (the more water and fertilizer this plant gets the faster it will grow). Outdoor hardiness is unknown although we had it outdoors during winters where the low temperature reached 28 ° F. We have been told that it survived to at least the mid 20’s ° F but feel it’s too beautiful to risk not covering it on cold nights. ‘Joe Hoak’ does great in containers or in the ground. Remove suckers to show off the beauty and form of the individual rosette.
A member of the Verbena family, Queen’s Wreath is a breathtaking vine native to Mexico and Central America. It is a large twining vine with long clusters of star-like flowers. The white flowered variety is rather rare compared to the purple. This tropical, non-aggressive vine is ideal for warm humid climates where it can reach over 30 feet, but it can be container grown in colder climates and will remain somewhat smaller. 10+ Seeds.
Beautifully bright green and with a naturally rounded shape, Ilex Schilling is a dwarf yaupon holly especially well suited for tall groundcover or low hedges.
Ilex Schilling is native to the Southeastern United States and flourishes in the Orlando climate. A multi-trunked or clumping shrub, the Ilex Schilling has dense, slender branches coated with silvery-gray bark. The leaves are small ovals with serrated edges, green and glossy year-round, and without thorns. New leaves appear slightly reddish. Ilex Schilling reaches a mature height of 4 to 7 feet and spreads as wide as 6 to 10 feet. This variety is a male cultivar that produces neither flowers nor berries.
Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel’s trumpets, a name sometimes used for the closely related genus Datura. Brugmansia are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit. Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit
Allamanda is a genus of tropical plants native to Central and South America. These plants characteristically grow as vines or shrubs and are very rapid growers in environments they like. They are grown as ornamentals in tropical gardens all over the world and can also be cultivated in greenhouses. Gardeners interested in growing Allamanda should be aware that these plants are poisonous, producing a sticky sap known to be a skin and eye irritant.
Cassia fistula, known as the golden shower tree and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. The species is native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from southern Pakistan eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka. It is closely associated with the Mullai region of Sangam landscape. It is the national tree of Thailand, and its flower is Thailand’s national flower. It is also the state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst the Malayali population. It is a popular ornamental plant and is also used in herbal medicine.
They have mostly broad, relatively flat leaves. Inflorescences form in a shallow depression the center of the plant, which often fills partway with water, through which the flowers bloom. Offsets form around the central flowering rosette. The leaves immediately surrounding the inflorescence are very often brightly colored, and many species show banding or striping on most or all of their leaves. Neoregelia Bromeliads are excellent plants and will adapt to many conditions, so in a warm setting they can be used as a indoor plant or outdoor landscape plant. Neoregelia Bromeliads are some of the most colorful epiphytes around. Neoregelia Bromeliads range from the common house plant varieties to the more rare exotic varieties such as the Neoregelia ‘Rafael’ Bromeliad.
Like all silver foliage plants, this shrub’s unusual color contrasts beautifully with all the green in a landscape.
It can look almost white in a landscape or take on a bluish cast.
These plants are especially effective when planted in combination with red, pink, purple, blue and white flowering plants.
They can function as clipped hedge shrubs or left to grow in a more natural shape.
There is a green variety but the silver is much showier and therefore more popular with homeowners.
The arikury is one Florida palm tree that can be tucked comfortably into a spot by the entry for a tropical welcome.
Its fronds are long for such a short palm – about 4 to 6 feet in length – but because they grow in an upright fashion they rarely extend out more than 3 feet.
Aechmea blanchetiana is a bromeliad typical of Atlantic Coast restingas vegetation which is an ecosystem of Atlantic Forest biome of eastern Brazil. This plant grows from the State of Bahia south to Espírito Santo. It it is often grown elsewhere as an ornamental plant.
Dypsis lutescens grows 6–12 m (20–39 ft) in height. Multiple stems emerge from the base. The leaves are arched, 2–3 m (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) long, and pinnate, with 40-60 pairs of leaflets. It bears panicles of yellow flowers in summer. Offsets can be cut off when mature enough, as a propagation method.
It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens in tropical and subtropical regions, and elsewhere indoors as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
One of several common names, “butterfly palm” refers to the leaves which curve upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look.
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In its introduced range, this plant acts as a supplier of fruit to some bird species which feed on it opportunistically, such as Pitangus sulphuratus, Coereba flaveola and Thraupis sayaca species in Brazil.
Podocarpus (/ˌpoʊdəˈkɑrpəs/; from the Greek, podos, meaning “foot”, and karpos, meaning “fruit”) is a genus of conifers, the most numerous and widely distributed of the podocarp family, Podocarpaceae. Podocarpus are evergreen shrubs or trees usually from 1 to 25 meters tall, known to reach 40 meters at times. The leaves are 0.5 to 15 cm long, lanceolate to oblong or falcate (sickle-shaped) in some species, with a distinct midrib. They are arranged spirally, though in some species twisted to appear in two horizontal ranks. The cones have two to five fused scales, of which only one, rarely two, are fertile, each fertile scale has one apical seed. At maturity, the scales become berry-like, swollen, brightly coloured red to purple and fleshy, and are eaten by birds which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. The male (pollen) cones are 5 to 20 mm long, often clustered several together. Many species, though not all, are dioecious. There are approximately 104 to 107 species in the genus.
Liriope /lɪˈraɪ.əpiː/ is a genus of low, grass-like, flowering plants from East Asia and Southeast Asia. 
Some species are often used in landscaping in temperate latitudes. It may be called lilyturf in North America although neither a true grass (family Poaceae) nor lily (genus Lilium). In the APG III classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae). Like many lilioid monocots, it was once classified with lilies in the family Liliaceae; it has also been placed in Convallariaceae. The genus was named for Liriope in Greek mythology.
Agave geminiflora (Twin-flowered Agave) – This unique agave has narrow, dark green unarmed leaves that are very flexible. These leaves, which often number in the 100’s, cascade from the center of the plant forming a dense rounded rosette to 2 to 3 feet tall by as wide. When plants mature they will initiate flowers which are formed in pairs on an unbranched spike that rises 8 to 10 feet. Plant in full sun along coast and part sun to light shade in hot inland gardens. Drought resistant, but looks better with some summer watering. Hardy to 25 F. Although this species is noted to not produce offsets, we have observed that as the main plant dies after flowering, a few new suckers occasionally emerge from within the old foliage. We have grown our plants from seed collected from plants flowering in the garden. The species name ‘geminiflora’, meaning “twin flowered” is in reference to the flower pairs. The native habitat of Agave geminiflora is oak woodlands at 3,000 to 4,000 feet in the Nayarit, Mexico.
Coleus was a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. In recent classifications, the genus is no longer recognized, and the formerly included species are instead placed in the genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon. Because the type species, Coleus amboinicus is now placed in Plectranthus, Coleus is regarded as a synonym of Plectranthus. The term “coleus” is often used as a common name for species formerly placed in the genus Coleus that are cultivated as ornamental plants, particularly Coleus blumei (Solenostemon scutellarioides), which is popular as a garden plant for its brightly colored foliage.
The flower bud is ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water. The sap sometimes stains yellow on fingers and clothes. The open flowers are cup-shaped and hold rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds.
Floratam St. Augustine grass for shady, moderate traffic areas
Floratam St. Augustine grass was released in the early 1970s by the Florida and Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations as a SAD virus and chinchbug resistant turfgrass (hence the name FLORada and TexasAM). Since then, these resistant qualities have weakened and chinchbugs are now a major problem for Floratam.
Sago palms aren’t palm trees at all—these attractive, low-growing plants are actually cycads. These plants are extremely slow-growing and will often put out only one new frond every year. It can easily take a sago palm five or six years to achieve its full pot-size of two feet. These plants are important in tropical landscapes and yield a distinctively Asian look to any houseplant collection.