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Monday, July 2, 2012

Pachypodium namaquanum-Club Foot, Half-man’s

This South African native has a woody stem so either propagate by cutting or seeds and besides it is called Half-man’s because it resembles a man from a distance and because of folklore that man was frozen. It is poisonous, flowers in mid-spring and its blooms are red. It flourishes in Zones 10-11 and gets as tall as 10'. The head or the top of the plant always faces north because in winter in the Southern Hemisphere the sun is the strongest from the north.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hesperaloe parviflora-False Red Yucca

Propagating False Red Yucca is a cinch, but be aware, like yucca this plant can bite not with spikes but with irritation to the skin and certain parts are poisonous so wear gloves when you are splitting the rhizomes apart and replanting. It is a native to the Southwest so it can take dry weather and hardy in Zones 6-9 and if protected in 5. It is an evergreen, honeybees and butterflies like the nectar, blooms mid summer and are red and the plant will reach a height of 3'-4'

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dicliptera suberecta-Hummingbird Plant

For the hummingbird fanatics this plant must be in your garden however be aware of the zones. Normally it is a perennial in Zones 8-10 but some say its good to Zone 7 but if you get a cold winter you could lose it but you can divide it and take one plant inside during the winter. Divide the root ball in spring or early fall and it blooms from late spring to fall. Honeybees and butterflies also enjoy the nectar and deer do not like the plant. It grows to a height of 1-2' and its blooms can either be orange or red and will take full sun or light shade and light drought. It is a native of Uruguay.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Rehmannia elata-Chinese Foxglove or Beverly Hills Foxglove

Chinese Foxglove can be propagated from the rhizomes that spread out from the parent plant in spring. Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to its nectar and is deer resistant. It is native to China and is hardy in Zones 6-10, blooms mid summer to fall. Flowers are shades of pink and prefers a moist well draining soil and does not take to drought, but reaches a height of 2'-4' and makes an excellent cut flower.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ruellia humilius-Fringeleaf Wild Peteunia

Progating Fringeleaf wild petunia is primarily done by root cuttings although it seeds are plentiful but germination can be low. It blooms from late spring through summer to early fall and its flower is mainly purple. Butterflies are attracted to its nectar and it prefers either full sun or partial shade and well drained moist soil. It is native to the USA and found mainly in the Southeast and Midwest, Zones 4-8 and reaches a height of 18-24"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Antirrhinum hispanicum-Spanish Snapdragon

Spanish Snapdragon is also known as Creeping Snapdragon, but no where could I find propagation methods other then by seed or cuttings, but if it creeps I would assume eventually it would make another plant or why name it creeping. The thing about snapdragons is that the first year blooms aren’t as showy as subsequent years after pruning down the evergreen stems to 6" in the fall or spring. The plant is also deer and drought resistant, will bloom from late spring to fall by deadheading and prefers hot and humid summers, a native of Spain. Blooms can be either pink or yellow or multicolor.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alcea rugosa-Russian Hollyhock

Russian Hollyhock can either be a perennial or biennial depending on the zone but it is hardy from 2-9 and is native to Central Asia(Russia). The plants flower spikes can reach up to 9 feet in a sunny and hopefully windless area of the garden, withstand drought and bloom May-September and does not like humid summers. It will self seed and because of its deep tap roots it can not be propagated by division. Its flowers are an attraction to honey bees and butterflies and its colors go from white, to yellow, to pink, to red, to lavender.

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