Chenille Plant, Acalypha hispida

Chenille Plant

FAMILY:
Euphorbiaceae

ORIGIN:
East Indies

DESCRIPTION:
Pendulous fine light green foliage with red/pink fuzzy flowers that resemble cat tails

CULTIVATION:
Water thoroughly two – three times a week; fertilize monthly during growing season; prune to 12” in February for new bushy growth; full sun to part shade

PROPAGATION:
Stem cuttings or seed

COMMENTS:
Each plant is dioecious (having either male or female flowers); plants are long-blooming

 

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Flamingo Flower, Anthurium andreanum

Flamingo Flower

FAMILY:
Araceae

ORIGIN:
Central and South America

DESCRIPTION:
Epiphytic plant which grows dark green, glossy heart-shaped leaves; grows to about 24” tall; grows red spathe surrounding a yellow spadix

CULTIVATION:
Prefers shade; moist soil

PROPAGATION:
Take cuttings with at least 2 nodes and place in water

COMMENTS:
This species is epiphytic

 

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Firecracker Flower, Crossandra infundibuliformis

Firecracker Flower

FAMILY:
Acanthaceae

ORIGIN:
Africa and Southeast Asia

DESCRIPTION:
Grows 1 -2 ft.; apricot cone-shaped terminal flowers; ovate to lanceolate, shiny, dark green foliage growing in whorls or opposite

CULTIVATION:
Part shade; evenly moist; deadhead regularly

PROPAGATION:
Seed or stem cuttings; high humidity

COMMENTS:
It’s name is derived from the seed dispersal exploding out when dried

 

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Starfruit, Averrhoa carambola

Starfruit

FAMILY:
Oxiladiaceae

ORIGIN:
Central Asia

DESCRIPTION:
Slow-growing, multi-branched; grows to 25ft.; showy fragrant flowers that produce star-shaped fruit

CULTIVATION:
Full sun; grows best in evenly moist loam

PROPAGATION:
Seed

COMMENTS:
Prone to chlorosis; fruit used for ornamental purposes

 

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White Champaca, Michelia alba

White Champaca

FAMILY:
Magnoliaceae

ORIGIN:
Philippines

DESCRIPTION:
Growing to 15 ft. at maturity with entire, alternate, 6 – 8” oblong foliage; white or yellow orchid-like blooms 10 months of the year

CULTIVATION:
Water moderately; fertilize monthly; full sun to part shade

PROPAGATION:
Vegetative; grafting or air layering

COMMENTS:
Used in the manufacturing of “Joy” perfume; also the city flower of Shanghai

 

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