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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Curiosity Plant- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the October 2020 Edition Curiosity Plant Cereus hildmannianus v. monstrose Family Cactaceae Also known as Cereus monstrose (For more, read on!) Curious and concerned about the health and well-being of various – like me, aging – family and friends, I recently took off from Manzanillo, embarking upon a nearly six week driving […]

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Arrowhead Philodendron – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the October 2020 Edition Arrowhead Philodendron Syngonium podophyllum Family Araceae Also known as Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine, Goosefoot, African Evergreen or American evergreen, Tri -Leaf Wonder, Nephthytis or Five-fingers (In Volume II of this series, I wrote about the Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum). For all intents and purposes, this is the very […]

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Red Aglaonema – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2020 Edition Red Aglaonema Aglaonema Creta Family Araceae Also known as Chinese Evergreen In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle” series, I wrote about theChinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) or, sometimes, called an A. pseudo bracteata. Ours prolifically grow beneath a large and beautiful Bougainvillea to the left and on the […]

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Choco Palm – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2020 Edition Choco Palm Astrocaryum mexicanum Family Arecaceae Also known as Lancetilla or Chichon The genus Astrocaryum is comprised of eighteen, very spiny, pinnate leaved palms. As a whole, they grow naturally in the West Indies, through Mexico, through Central America and into South America. The genus name is derived […]

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Snow Bush – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2020 Edition Snow Bush Breynia disticha ‘Roseo-picta’ Family Phyllanthaceae Also known as Red-leafed Snow Bush, Redleaf Breynia, Leaf Flower, Hawaiian Snow Bush, Snow-on-the-Mountain, Sweetpea Bush or Ice Cream Bush The genus Breynia is comprised of evergreen trees and shrubs from tropical forests and scrub areas of Asia, Australia, and the […]

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Angel Wing Begonia -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2020 Edition Angel Wing Begonia Begonia Hybrid Family Begoniaceae Also known as Cane Begonia (If ever there were a contest to find the most lop-sided leaves on a plant, this might well be a good contender. However, this uniqueness notwithstanding, with delicate, year-round “flowers” of red, pink or white, it […]

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Bougainvillea- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the July 2020 Edition Bougainvillea Bougainvillea x buttiana Family Nyctaginaceae Also known as Paper Flower For many of us, this was the first non-potted, “tropical flower-ing plant” which – upon initially seeing it – we may have thought “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” For me, this happened in […]

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