Dwarf Dracaena- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the February 2020 Edition Dwarf Dracaena Dracaena compactaFamily Agavaceae Also known as Pineapple Dracaena or Dwarf Dracaena The Dracaena compacta is a rather compact (Gee, ya’ think?), somewhat, slow-growing native from South East Africa. Though it’s been an indoor favorite of many homeowners for years (though, at times, difficult for some to […]

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Mexican Fence Post- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the February 2020 Edition Mexican Fence Post Pachycereus marginatus, Cereus marginatus, Lemaireocereus marginatus, Marginato-cereus marginatus, Stenocereus marginatus, Cereus gemmatus or Stenocereus marginatus var. gemmatus Family Cactaceae Also known as Central Mexico Pipe Organ, Organ Cactus or Órgano (Some plants’ common names seem to fit them perfectly. Such is the case for the […]

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Cascada Palm-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the January 2020 Edition Cascada Palm Chamaedorea cataractarum Family Arecaceae Also known as Cat Palm or Cataract Palm While having our specimen happily thriving as a potted, shade-appreciating, interior palm in the lower living room for perhaps ten years, I’d never gotten around to properly identifying it. It seemed somewhat obvious […]

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Yellow Ginger- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the January 2020 Edition Yellow Ginger Hedychium flavescens Family Zingiberaceae Also known as Yellow Ginger-Lily, Cream Garland-Lily or Cream Ginger Walking through our gardens this morning, I pondered about which of my tropical plant family I should next write. As I do every time I walk down into them, I strolled […]

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Variegated Cuban Oregano- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2019 Edition Variegated Cuban Oregano Plectranthus amboinicus Family Lamiaceae Also known as Oregano Brujo, Broadleaf Thyme, Country Borage, Soup Mint and, virtually, all of the same names as the classic Cuban Oregano In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle,” I wrote about the classic Cuban Oregano also known as […]

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Sunburned Gringo Tree- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the December 2019 Edition Family Burseraceae Also known as Paper Bark Tree, Gumbo-Limbo Tree, Naked Indian, Copperwood, Turpentine Tree, Mulatto Stick, West Indian Birch or Tourist Tree Within the greater family as a whole, there are some 600 species in 15 genera, including species that yield frankincense and myrrh. (I guess […]

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Mexican Petunia -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the October 2019 Edition Mexican Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana Family Acanthaceae Also known as Ruellia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Blue Bells, Purple Ruellia, Hardy Petunias or Purple shower (Interestingly, upon deciding to share information about these lovelies, I fast learned that few other botanical writers have given them much notice nor […]

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Healthy Plant Soil- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Very few of us have “the perfectly balanced” natural soil mix for whatever tree, plant, flower, vine or succulent we’ve just acquired. Hence, it is important to know what our new acquisition might like in the way of additional nutrients. Doing so, we enter the interesting world of […]

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Devil’s Backbone -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Family                   Pedilanthus tithymaloides ‘Variegatus’ Also known as  Zig-Zag Plant, Christmas Candle,Redbird Cactus, Japanese Poinsettia, Slipper Spurge or Slipper Flower One seldom encounters plants with multiple names as diverse in their inferred representation/description! Those familiar with me are well aware of my great appreciation for the patient friendship and […]

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