Echeveria, a member of the Crassulaceae family, is a beautiful succulent plant that is native to the mountains of Central America. It is easily grown from cuttings or offsets, and makes an excellent houseplant or addition to a succulent garden. Although echeveria is a relatively easy plant to care for, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure its health and longevity.
Excoecaria, or more commonly known as poison ivy, is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that is native to tropical and subtropical regions. The plant can grow up to 15 feet tall and is often found in areas with high humidity. Poison ivy gets its name from the blister-inducing compound found in its leaves, called urushiol. The plant is often considered a nuisance due to its ability to spread quickly and cause skin irritation.
Tydaea, also known as the Love in a Puff plant, is a beautiful and unique plant that is native to tropical regions. The plant is known for its heart-shaped leaves and its ability to grow rapidly. Tydaea is a great plant for those who are looking for a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant.
Fortunella, also known as kumquat, is a genus of small evergreen trees in the family Rutaceae, native to south-central China. The most common species is the round kumquat (Fortunella japonica), which is also grown as an ornamental plant. Other species include the oval kumquat (Fortunella margarita) and the Meiwa kumquat (Fortunella crassifolia).
Ficus elastica, also known as the rubber tree, is a species of fig native to northeast India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The rubber tree is a large evergreen tree that can grow up to 50 feet tall. The leaves are glossy green and have a leathery texture. The rubber tree produces a milky white sap that is used to make rubber.
Fatsia, also known as false castor oil plant or Japanese aralia, is an easily grown houseplant that provides an instant tropical look. It is an evergreen shrub that can reach up to 10 feet tall and wide, with large, glossy, deeply lobed leaves. Fatsia is native to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, and is hardy in USDA zones 7-11.
Strelitzia, also known as bird of paradise, is a plant native to South Africa. The plant is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, all native to South Africa. The genus is closely related to the better known Bird of Paradise plant, Strelitzia reginae. All Strelitzia species are evergreen perennials. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom.
Sprekelia, also known as Aztec lily or Jacobean lily, is a genus of flowering plants in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. The genus contains only one known species, Sprekelia formosissima, which is native to Mexico. It is a popular ornamental plant, grown for its showy red and orange flowers.
Sanchezia, also called goldenrain-tree, is a flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae, native to tropical America. The Sanchezia plant is a herbaceous perennial with an upright growth habit, reaching a height of 23 m and a width of 1.5 m. The leaves are opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 815 cm long and 48 cm wide, with a conspicuously yellow midrib. The flowers are borne in axillary or terminal spikes, 515 cm long, each flower with 5 yellow petals, 10 stamens and a 2-celled ovary.
Pseuderanthemum, or false-eranthemum, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae. The genus is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. It includes annual and perennial herbs, shrubs, and climbers. The leaves are opposite or whorled, and the flowers are borne in axillary or terminal inflorescences. The flowers are bisexual and zygomorphic, with four petals fused into a tube. The fruit is a capsule.
Hedera, or ivy, is a popular evergreen climbing plant. Though most often seen growing up the side of a building, ?edera can also be grown as a ground cover or in containers. With its glossy green leaves and ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions, ?edera is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for.
Pellaea, also known as cliffbrakes, is a genus of ferns in the family Pteridaceae. There are about 60 species in the genus, which is distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Pellaea is a terrestrial fern, meaning it grows in soil rather than on rocks or trees. The plants have rhizomes, which are horizontal, underground stems that produce new plants. The leaves of Pellaea are simple, meaning they are not divided into smaller leaflets. The leaves are arranged in a spiral pattern on the stem, and they are often covered in small, scale-like structures. The plants reproduce by producing spores, which are tiny, dust-like particles that are produced in specialised structures called sporangia.
Solanum, also known as the potato plant, is a herbaceous, flowering plant in the nightshade family. It is a tuberous perennial with a terminal inflorescence of white or purple flowers. The potato is the world's fourth-largest food crop, after maize, wheat, and rice. The potato was first domesticated in the highlands of South America.
Nidularium, also known as bird's nest fern, is a genus of ferns in the family Bromeliaceae. The genus is native to tropical America, from Mexico to Argentina. Nidularium plants are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants or trees. These plants have long, leathery leaves that form a rosette. The leaves are green on the top and brown on the bottom. The flowers are small and white, and they grow in the center of the rosette. The fruit is a small, fleshy berry.
Microsorum, also known as leather fern, is a genus of ferns in the family Polypodiaceae. There are about 200 species in the genus, which is distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Microsorum is a popular houseplant and is easy to grow.
Lampranthus, also known as pink ice plant, is a flowering succulent plant native to South Africa. It is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 2 feet in height and width. The leaves are thick and fleshy, and the flowers are pink or white and appear in clusters. Lampranthus is a drought-tolerant plant that does well in full sun to partial shade.
Curcuma, also known as turmeric, is a plant in the ginger family. It is native to tropical Asia and is widely cultivated in warm climates. The plant grows to a height of 1-2 m and has large, aromatic, oblong leaves. The flowers are yellow and borne in terminal spikes. The fruit is a small, dry capsule. The rhizome (underground stem) is yellowish-brown and has a fragrant, bitter taste. It is this rhizome that is used as a spice and has medicinal properties.
Kohleria, also known as African tulip, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae. The genus is named after the German botanist, Johann Heinrich Kohler. Kohleria are native to tropical America, from Mexico to Bolivia. They are grown as ornamental plants for their brightly colored flowers.
Catharanthus, also known as vinca or periwinkle, is a genus of eight species of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae. All species are native to Madagascar, where they grow in the eastern and northern regions of the island. Seven of the eight species are endemic to Madagascar, while one, C. roseus, has a pantropical distribution.
Ruscus, also known as butcher's broom, is an evergreen shrub that is part of the lily family. It is native to Europe and Asia and has been introduced to North America. Ruscus typically grows to be about 1-3 feet tall and has small, green leaves. The plant produces red berries and small, white flowers. Ruscus is often used as an ornamental plant, but it can also be used for medical purposes.
Pinguicula, or butterworts, are carnivorous plants that grow in moist environments. These plants are native to temperate and tropical regions around the world. Pinguicula species are typically small, with leaves that range in color from green to purple. The leaves of these plants are covered in sticky glands that trap insects. Once an insect is trapped, the plant will secrete enzymes that break down the prey, which is then absorbed by the plant.
Dizygotheca, or false aralia, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araliaceae, native to eastern Asia. It contains two species, D. elegans and D. indica, both of which are popular houseplants. Dizygotheca are evergreen shrubs or small trees, growing to 210 m (6.632.8 ft) tall, with pinnate leaves 2060 cm (7.923.6 in) long, with 511 leaflets. The flowers are small and white, borne in panicles 2060 cm (7.923.6 in) long.
Punica, also known as pomegranate, is a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Lythraceae. The name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin p?mum "apple" and gr?n?tum "seeded", possibly a reference to the many seeds in a pomegranate.
Haemanthus, or African blood lilies, are a genus of about 60 species of plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to southern Africa. They are bulbous plants with striking flowers, and have been cultivated for centuries for their beauty. African blood lilies are easy to grow and make excellent houseplants. With proper care, they will bloom for many years.
Bougainvillea, named after French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville, is a genus of flowering plants native to South America. The plant is a woody, evergreen vine that can grow up to 30 feet in length. The vine produces small, white flowers that are surrounded by colorful bracts. The plant is popular for its ability to thrive in warm, sunny climates and its colorful flowers.
Begonia, a flowering plant native to warm, humid climates, can be grown indoors or out, depending on the variety. Though begonias are typically grown as annuals, some varieties are perennial. The most common type of begonia grown as a houseplant is the Begonia Rex, which is a hybrid that comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.
Araucaria, also known as monkey puzzle tree, is an evergreen tree that is native to Chile and Argentina. The tree grows to a height of 150 feet and has a trunk diameter of up to 5 feet. The leaves of the tree are scale-like and arranged in spirals. The tree produces cones that contain seeds that are edible. Araucaria trees are grown as ornamental plants in parks and gardens.
Azalea, a member of the Rhododendron genus, is a popular ornamental plant. There are many different species of azalea, and they come in a wide range of colors, from white to pink to purple. Azaleas are relatively easy to grow, and they make a beautiful addition to any garden.
Abutilon, also known as Indian mallow, is a beautiful flowering plant that is easy to grow. The flowers come in a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, and orange, and they bloom throughout the summer. Abutilon is a drought-tolerant plant that does well in full sun or partial shade. It is a low-maintenance plant that is perfect for gardeners of all levels of experience.