Princess Flower-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the April 2017 Edition Princess Flower, Tibouchina urvilleana Family: Melastomataceae  Also known as: Glory Bush, Glory Flower or Lasiandra Ok, you’re correct. I should have recognized this Brazilian as a Princess Flower when I acquired it. But I didn’t. (So beat me with a healthy handful of Heliconias!) Hence, with a […]

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Bat Flower-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the April 2017 Edition Bat Flower, Tecca chantrieri Family: Dioscoreaceae Also known as:  Bat Plant, Cat’s Whiskers, Devil Flower, Black  Bat Flower, Bat Head Lily, Devil’s Tongue, Black Tacca, Jews Beard or Voodoo Flower This distinctive flowering plant is native to Myanmar (Burma to us old-timers) and Thailand (Siam to the […]

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Persian Shield-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the March 2017 Edition Persian Shield, Strobilanthes dyerianus Family: Acanthaceae Also known as: Purple Strobilanthes or Burmuda Conehead All originating in Asia, the Strobilanthes genus consists of around 250 different species of perennial herbs and subshrubs obviously, small to medium-sized shrubs. The genus name comes from the Greek words strobilos (cone) […]

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American Oil Palm-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the March 2017 Edition American Oil Palm, Elaeis oleifera Family: Arecaseae (At the sake of presumption, I respectfully state that I take exception with some of my secondary research sources! Some of these speak of the Elaeis oleifera as synonymous with the Corzo oleifera, describing it as a “solitary creeping trunk” […]

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Zombie Palm-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the February 2017 Edition Zombie Palm, Zygocactus truncate Family: Cactaceae Also known as: Latayne Palm, Latayne Zombie or Guanito Native to Hispaniola, where it grows in sparse scrub at low elevations on dry hills, this interesting – and somewhat different looking species is closely related to Coccothrinax and Thrinax palms. A […]

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Christmas Cactus-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2017 Edition Christmas Cactus, Zygocactus truncate Family: Cactaceae Also known as: Holiday Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus or Crab Cactus This rather interesting plant may be seen identified as Epiphyllum truncatun its original name in 1812. Then it was moved to the genus Zygocactus. However, recently it was officially transferred to […]

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African Mask-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2017 Edition African Mask, Alocasia amazonica Family: Araceae Also known as: Amazon Elephant’s Ear, Green Velvet, Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Alligator, Amazon Lily, African Black Shield Plant, Alocasia Polly (or Poly) Hilo’s Beauty Elephant Ear and I know a Mexican gardener who calls them Vampire’s Ear! I have thought that […]

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Flaming Torch-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the November 2016 Edition Flaming Torch, Billbergia pyramidalis Family: Bromeliaceae Also known as: Foolproof Plant, Summer Torch Billbergia, Red Torch, Red Flame, Queen Tears, Billbergia, Bubble Gum Blos-som, Candy Blossom or Hurricane Bromeliad (Though one of the hardier bromeliads, these are a bit picky about where they will most happily reside. […]

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