Variegated Cuban Oregano- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2019 Edition Variegated Cuban Oregano Plectranthus amboinicus Family Lamiaceae Also known as Oregano Brujo, Broadleaf Thyme, Country Borage, Soup Mint and, virtually, all of the same names as the classic Cuban Oregano In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle,” I wrote about the classic Cuban Oregano also known as […]

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Sunburned Gringo Tree- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2019 Edition Family Burseraceae Also known as Paper Bark Tree, Gumbo-Limbo Tree, Naked Indian, Copperwood, Turpentine Tree, Mulatto Stick, West Indian Birch or Tourist Tree Within the greater family as a whole, there are some 600 species in 15 genera, including species that yield frankincense and myrrh. (I guess […]

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Silver Ragwort- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the November 2019 Edition Silver Ragwort Jacobaea maritima Family Asteraceae Also known as Dusty Miller A lot of my home gardening friends know this, somewhat sage like, appearing beauty, by the name, Dusty Miller. But such an appellation is also shared with a few other, similar, generally related, plants. Additionally, to my […]

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Rambo: Last Blood-At the Movies

By Suzanne A. Marshall on the October 2019 Edition Directed by: Adrian Grunberg Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Montreal, Sergio Peris, Adriana Barraza “Vietnam War Veteran, John Rambo, tries to find some sem-blance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. He’s also developed a special familial bond with a woman named Maria and her […]

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Mexican Petunia -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the October 2019 Edition Mexican Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana Family Acanthaceae Also known as Ruellia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Blue Bells, Purple Ruellia, Hardy Petunias or Purple shower (Interestingly, upon deciding to share information about these lovelies, I fast learned that few other botanical writers have given them much notice nor […]

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Healthy Plant Soil- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Very few of us have “the perfectly balanced” natural soil mix for whatever tree, plant, flower, vine or succulent we’ve just acquired. Hence, it is important to know what our new acquisition might like in the way of additional nutrients. Doing so, we enter the interesting world of […]

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Devil’s Backbone -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Family                   Pedilanthus tithymaloides ‘Variegatus’ Also known as  Zig-Zag Plant, Christmas Candle,Redbird Cactus, Japanese Poinsettia, Slipper Spurge or Slipper Flower One seldom encounters plants with multiple names as diverse in their inferred representation/description! Those familiar with me are well aware of my great appreciation for the patient friendship and […]

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Beehive Ginger- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2019 Edition Beehive Ginger  Zingiber spectabile Family                 Zingiberaceae Also known as   Pinecone Ginger, Ginger Wort or Malaysian Ginger Yes, the Ginger with which we are all most familiar is that of the commercially available and edible one, Zingiber officinale. Then there is the more conventionally seen Red Ginger (Alpina purpurata). […]

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