American Water Lily – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the March 2019 Edition American Water Lily Nymphaea odorata Family Nymphaeaceae Also known as Fragrant White Waterlily, Fragrant Waterlily, White Water lily, Sweet scented White Water lily, Sweet scented Water lily or Beaver Root (Lacking a PhD in tropical botany is sometimes frustrating. This, exacerbated by not being but self taught, […]

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Garlic Chives – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clakson from the February 2019 Edition Garlic Chives -Allium tuberosum Family Amaryllidaceae Also known as Oriental Garlic, Asian Chives, Chinese Chives or Chinese Leek (The same morning, recently, that I came upon some forgotten parsley which I’d planted a while back, I also found, nearby, this wonderful, new pot of Garlic Chives. A’hhhh, […]

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Butterfly Bush -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the February 2019 Edition Family Turneracea Also known as Mexican Holly, Damiana, Damiana Aphrodisiaca, Damiana Herb, Damiana Leaf, Mexican Damiana, Mizibcoc, Old Woman’s Broom and Oreganillo (I encourage you to be seated and holding onto something secure as you read the following – quite possibly – most shocking of surprises. But […]

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Cockscomb-I Planted Roots in Mexico

 By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2019 Edition Cockscomb Celosia cristata  Family Amaranthaceae  Also known as  Wool Flower, Brain Celosia, Red Fox or Velvet Flower  (Yesterday, while stepping away from my regular morning workout as a result of over-actively pushing my aging body and cracking a rib I was walking through an area in which […]

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White Mandevilla-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2018 Edition Mandevilla Boliviensis  Family: Apocynaceae   Also known as: Mexican Love Vine or White Dipladenia  Many are familiar with the red or pink Mandevilla, but, for whatever reason, there doesn’t seem to be as much recognition or discussion on the wonderful white ones. Ours thrive from a faux (fiberglass) […]

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Hybrid Glory Bower Vine-I Planted Roots in Mexico

   By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2018 Edition                 Hybrid Glory Bower Vine Clerodendrum x speciosum  Family: Lamiaceae  Also known as: Clerodendrom Vine  (Before we go one word further, if you’ve read and remember what I wrote about the Bleeding Heart (Clerodendrom thomsoniae) in volume I of this series, you already know over 90% […]

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Firecracker Plant-I Planted Roots in Mexico

   By Tommy Clarkson from the November 2018 Edition Firecracker Plant, Crossandra infundibuliformis  Family: Acanthaceae                                                                                                                                 Also known as: Firecracker Flower or Crossandra  With a genus name sounding like some cranky lady, this beauty is far from that! In fact, thriving in a tallish pot, here in Ola Brisa Gardens, to the right of the […]

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Mexican Blue Bells-I Planted Roots in Mexico

   By Tommy Clarkson from the November 2018 Edition Mexican Blue Bells Ruellia Tweediana  Family: Acanthus, also known as: Spanish Ladies, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells or Mexican Petunia  I’ve healthy specimens of all three of this species’ primary colors blue -violet, pink and white gloriously thriving right inside our wrought-iron entryway. Because of their location, […]

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