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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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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Anahaw Palm-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the October 2017 Edition Anahaw Palm Livistona rotundifolia  var. ‘luzonensis’ Family: Arecaceae Also known as: Round-Leaf Fountain Palm or Footstool Palm Until recently, I thought ours was simply a Livistona rotundifo-lia. But my pal, Anders Lindstrom, of Nong Nooch Gardens near Pattaya in Thailand, patiently explained it to me thusly: “At […]

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Xanadu-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the September 2017 Edition Xanadu Xanadu philodendron Family: Araceae Also known as: Philodendron Xanadu, Philodendron ‘Winterbourn’, Philodendron ‘Aussie’ or Philodendron Xanadue But for our immediate, horticultural purposes, Xanadu is a dramatically attractive, evergreen, low shrub that can spread to ten feet by ten feet (3.05 meters) and grow to around two feet, […]

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Dwarf Papyrus-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the September 2017 Edition Dwarf Papyrus Cyperus isocladus Family: Cyperaceae Also known as: Miniature Flatsedge, Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus, Cyperus papyrus Nanus, Cyperus haspan, Cyperus aequalis or Cyperus papyroides (Like so many things in life today, every day, change seems the absolute constant. Hence, names of plants – be they common or Latin […]

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Window Leaf-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the August 2017 Edition Window Leaf Monstera deliciosa Family: Araceae Also known as: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split Leaf Philodendron, Mexican Bread Fruit, Hurricane Plant or Five Holes Plant So dissimilar in appearance from many other plants, visitors of-ten inquire as to the function of their leaf holes. I’ve read, but cannot absolutely […]

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