Red Aglaonema – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2020 Edition   In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle” series, I wrote about theChinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) or, sometimes, called an A. pseudo bracteata. Ours prolifically grow beneath a large and beautiful Bougainvillea to the left and on the Transition Terrace directly below our entrance palapa at which we […]

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Choco Palm – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2020 Edition The genus Astrocaryum is comprised of eighteen, very spiny, pinnate leaved palms. As a whole, they grow naturally in the West Indies, through Mexico, through Central America and into South America. The genus name is derived from the Greek words meaning “star” and “nut”, referring to the pattern […]

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Snow Bush – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the July 2020 Edition The genus Breynia is comprised of evergreen trees and shrubs from tropical forests and scrub areas of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, including the Aloha State, Hawaii. At the outset, let’s differentiate between the two, somewhat similar, varieties of this delightful species, ‘Atropurpurea’ and ‘Roseapicta’. The former […]

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Angel Wing Begonia -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2020 Edition (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 has some delightful features!) But, let’s first, briefly, discuss the Begoniaceae family. […]

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Coleus- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By John Chalmers on the May 2020 Edition Solenostemon scutellarioides Family Lamiaceae Also known as Painted Nettle or Variegated Coleus (Ladies and gentleman, meet the veritable poster child for wildly multi-colored, variegated tropical plant leaves!) The subtitle for Nellie Neal’s book, Gardener’s Guide to Tropical Plants, is “Cool ways to add hot, bold foliage and striking […]

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Ivy-Leaf Peperomia- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the May 2020 Edition Peperomia griseoargentea Family Piperaceae Also known as Radiator Plant or Ivy Leaf Pepper Or is it? I’ve always admired the array of interesting characters in the Peperomia genus what with some 1,000 of them, we’ve no few from which to choose! In fact, I wrote about the Pepperface […]

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Scarlet Spiral Flag-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the April 2020 Edition Scarlet Spiral Flag Costus woodsonii Family Zingiberaceae Also known as Indian Head Ginger, French Kiss, Red Button Ginger, Red Cane Dwarf, Panama Candle Plant, Panamanian Candle Ginger or Cone Ginger Born with the appellation of Thomas one derived from the Aramaic personal name meaning “twin” I actually […]

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Blushing Spiral Ginger – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the April 2020 Edition Family Zingiberaceae Also known as None known Few are the folks who don’t like the assorted flowers of Ginger! In Volume I of “The Civilized Jungle”, I wrote about the Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). In Volume II, it was the Red Ginger (Alpinia puepirata), Torch Ginger (Etlingera […]

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