Blue Agave-I Planted Roots in Mexico

   By Tommy Clarkson from the October 2018 Edition Blue Agave, Agave tequilana Family: AgavoideaeAlso known as: Tequila Agave The Greek word for these interesting succulents is agauos, meaning “of kings and heroes, illustrious, hence noble” and, good full-time residents of Mexico that we are, we’ll drink to that! (Have you ever had one of My […]

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Yellow Alder-I Planted Roots In Mexico

   By Tommy Clarkson from the October  2018 Edition Yellow Alder Turnera ulifoliaFamily: TurneracceaeAlso known as: Yellow Buttercups, Bahamian Buttercup, Cuban Buttercup, Cinnamon Buttercup, Buttercup Flower; False Damiana, Banker’s Flower, Holy Rose, Sage Rose, Yellow Bells, Yellow Elder, Yellow Turnera, West Indian Holly or Ramgoat Dashalong Ramgoat Dashalong? (Honest, I don’t make these names up!) Actually, […]

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Common Hibiscus-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the September 2018 Edition Common Hibiscus, Hibiscus syriacus Family: Malvaceae Also known as: Hibiscus, Rose of China, Rose Mallow,Flor de Jamaica, and Shrub Althaceae Actually, there is very little that is “common” in the appearance of the many species in this genus. The brilliant flowers of the hibiscus are to the […]

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Gardenias-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the August 2018 Edition Gardenia jasminoides Family: Rubiaceae Also known as: Common Gardenia, Cape Gardenia, Cape Jasminem or Cape Jessamine For some, the scent some say, intoxicating fragrance of this beauty, is the very essence of all that consists “the smell of the tropics!” The, reasonably large-sized, genus of Gardenia consists of […]

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Anthurium-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the August 2018 Edition Anthurium andreanum Family: Araceae Also known as: Flamingo Flower, Boy Flower, Painted Tongue, Flamingo Lily, Palette Flower, Spathe Flower, Pa-tent Leather Flower or Tail Flower Many think of the uniquely shaped Anthurium as a Hawaiian flower. Sorry, but the genus is not native to “The Aloha State”. They […]

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Golden Rain Tree-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson  from the July 2018 Edition Cassia fistula Family: Fabaceae Also known as: Yellow Shower, Golden Shower Tree, Indian Laburnum, Purging Cassia, Pudding Pipe Tree or Lluvia de Oro The genus Cassia includes more than 500 species of herbs, shrubs and trees that are native to the world’s tropical areas but include some of […]

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Ghost Plant-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy  Clarkson  from the July 2018 Edition Graptopetalum paraguayense Family: Crassulaceae Also known as: Ghost Flower or Mother of Pearl Plant (After delving deeply into, and all but rabidly rooting through, my little library of botanical books, I thought I’d finally identified this attractive succulent as a member of the Crassulaceae family (the Jade Plant […]

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Rabbit Tracks-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the June 2018 Edition Rabbit Tracks, Maranta leuconeuru, ‘Kerchoveana’ Family: Marantaceae Also known as: Calathea, Husband and Wife Plant, Prayer Plant, Rabbit’s Foot or Rabbit Tracks Calathea As I’ve mentioned in other Maranta or Calathea genus writings, there is substantial confusion between the two groups. To quote Robert Lee Riffle – one […]

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Shaving Brush Tree-I Planted Tree in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson from the June 2018 Edition Pseudobombax ellipticum Family: Bombacaeae Also known as: Amapolla, Bobax, Pink Bombax or Pink Shaving Brush Tree Upon seeing the flowers of the Shaving Brush Tree, one instantly comprehends how and why it got its name. But beyond looking a great deal like what its name implies, they are […]

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