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I Planted Roots in Mexico-Texas Sage

By Tommy Clarkson from the April 2018 Edition Leucophyllum frutescens Family: Scrophulariaceae Also known as: Texas Ranger, Texas Rain Sage, Texas Barometer Bush, Texas Silverleaf, Ash-Bush, Wild Lilac, Purple Sage or Cenizo On the left side of Calle Loma Bonita driving...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico – Pepperface

I Planted Roots in Mexico – Pepperface

By Tommy Clarkson from the March 2018 Edition Peperomia obtusifolia Family: Peperacease Also known as: Baby Rubber Plant, Jade Plant, Blunt-leaved Peperomia, Marble Peperomia, Florida Peperomia or American Rubber Plant Thriving worldwide throughout the tropic...
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Striped Dracaena

Striped Dracaena

ByTommy Clarkson from the March 2018 Edition Family: Agavaceae Also known as: Dragon Tree Dracaena is the Greek word for “female dragon.” In turn, the thickened sap of this plant, supposedly, resembles dragon’s blood. (However, in that it’s been some ...
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The new book is ready!  You can now order Volume II of “The Civilized Jungle”

The new book is ready! You can now order Volume II of “The Civilized Jungle”

By Tommy & Patty Clarkson from the February 2018 Edition Who doesn’t enjoy tropical palms, bright jungle flowers and a mango margarita? Well, in the words of that smooth crooner of the late 70’s Meatloaf “Two out of three ain’t bad.”...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico-Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

I Planted Roots in Mexico-Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

By Tommy Clarkson from the February 2018 Edition Sansevieria trifasciata ’Hahnii’ Family: Asparagaceae (Once again, I show my age. But, how many others remember Ernie K-Doe’s 1961 hit song ”Mother in Law?” For those who are unaware of, or don’...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico – Castor Bean

I Planted Roots in Mexico – Castor Bean

By Tommy Clarkson from the February 2018 Edition Ricinus communis Family: Euphorbiaceae Also known as: Castor oil plant or Palma Christi Fraught with a few fearsome facts, the Castor Bean is perceived by no few as the botanical world’s equivalent of...
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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2018 Edition Aloe barbadensis Family: Liliaceae Also known as: Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, West Indian Aloe, Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Burn Aloe, Curacao Aloe, First Aid Plant, Lily of the Desert, Wand...
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Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2018 Edition Echinocactus grusonii Family: Cactaceae Also known as: Golden Ball or Mother-in-Law’s Cushion Those who know me are aware that we’ve few cacti and succulents, as we haven’t room for a large assortment here...
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I Planted in Mexico-Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree

I Planted in Mexico-Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree

By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2017 Edition Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’ Family: Araliaceae Also known as: Dwarf Schefflera, Hawaiian Schefflera, Umbrella Plant, Queensland Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree or Arboricola...
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I planted Roots in Mexico-Toddy Palm

I planted Roots in Mexico-Toddy Palm

By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2017 Edition Toddy Palm Caryota urens Family: Arecaceae Also known as: Solitary Fishtail Palm, Wine Palm or Jaggery Palm “OK Tommy, ‘I’ll admit to having had a toddy or two in my life, so...
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