Physic Nut – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the March 2021 Edition Physic Nut Jatropha integerrima – or, possibly, J. pastada or J. coccinea Family Euphorbiaceae Also known as Nettlespurge or Rose-flowered Jatropha Ever in search of new species of tropical or semi-tropical plants that will complement the others in our gardens, I was recently delighted to come upon this […]

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Mexican Sunflower -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the March 2021 Edition Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Family Asteraceae   Also known as Goldflower of the Incas, Red Sunflower or Mexican Marigold (Inasmuch as most of my regular readers and garden visitors know that, in fact, I was just an old Midwest US kid who enjoys rootin’ in the dirt, I’m […]

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Mexican Heather – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the February 2021 Edition Mexican Heather Cuphea hyssopifolia Family Lythraceae Also known as False Heather, Mexican False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, Artificial Heather, Elfin Plant, Elfin Shrub, Elfin Herb, Clammy Cuphea or Corail For whatever reason – other than it does sorta’ resemble it at first glance – I always think of the […]

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Identifying Palm Species – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the February 2021 Edition Identifying Palm Species With well over 2,400 different species of palm trees known to exist, it’s no wonder that some folks become a bit confused when trying to determine the type they see or seek. But, in endeavoring to do so, it will help if you keep in […]

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Shaving Brush Plant – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the January 2021 Edition Shaving Brush Plant Pseudobombax ellipticum Family Bombacaeae Also known as Pink Bombax or Wool and Cotton Tree Upon seeing the flowers of the Shaving Brush Tree, one instantly comprehends how and why it got its name. But, beyond looking a great deal like what its name implies, they […]

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Night Blooming Jasmine – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the January 2021 Edition Night Blooming Jasmine Cestrum nocturnum Family Solanaceae Also known as Lady of the Night, Night Queen, Queen of the Night. Night Jasmine, Night Jessamine, Dama de Noche, Night Syringo, Night Cestrum, Night-Blooming Jessamine or Night Blooming Cestrum With some of those other names, one might confuse it with a […]

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Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2020 Edition Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks Senecio vitalis Family Ateroceae Also known as Blue Chalk Fingers or Senecio (Right now, I am sorely dismayed, displeased and disgusted with a specific species of the insect world. How, why, what and where so? Well, to be specific, it is one particularly horned and ugly […]

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Christmas Cactus – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2020 Edition Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera bridgessi Family Cactaceae Also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, Easter Cactus, Holiday Cactus or Crab Cactus (Once again, I am reminded that the mind is a terrible thing to lose – but, then again, that’s taking the premise that I ever really started out with much […]

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Watermelon Pepperomia – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the November 2020 Edition Watermelon Pepperomia Peperomia argyreia Family Piperaceae Also known as Baby Rubber Plant, Blunt-Leaved Peperomia or Pepperface In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle”, I wrote about the herbaceous perennial, Pepperface (Peperomia obtusifolia), which is the pure and basic, green-leafed species of the Peperomia genus. (By the by, the […]

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Texas Palmetto – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the November 2020 Edition Texas Palmetto Sabal Mexicana Family Arecaceae Also known as Rio Grande Palmetto, Texas Sabal Palm, Texas Palm, Mexican Palmetto or Palmetto Cabbage (We’ve been able to grow almost any palm in Ola Brisa Gar-dens. But not this one! I’ve striven, repeatedly, to acquire one from “the wild”, from […]

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