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What is the name of this big plant with a purple trunk and green to purple berries?


I have photographed the following plant in our garden in Pittsburgh, PA.

Do you know the name of the plant?


The plant looks like Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) to me, a common "weed" in the U.S.


Top 10 plants with purple leaves

Plants with purple leaves are a boon in summer when their dramatically dark foliage works hard to provide a striking contrast with bright flowers.

Many purple leafed plants also have beautifully toned young spring growth. In autumn, several of them will provide an even more spectacular show before shedding their leaves for winter.

The deeply pigmented foliage of plants with purple leaves, which is caused by a higher concentration of anthocyanin than chlorophyll, produces some of the most vivid autumn shows around. This is because the chlorophyll breaks down to reveal additional colours, while the red-hued anthocyanin becomes even brighter.

For fiery, flaming effects to see the season out with a flourish, look no further.

Top 10 Plants with purple Leaves:

10. Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

It’s hard to think of a more versatile plant with purple leaves than Cercis canadensis. Grow it as a shrub or a multi-stemmed small tree. It could be at the back of a border or given a prominent position in the garden.

In spring, its bare branches produce clusters of bright pink flowers while its leaves emerge as a bright reddish-purple colour. In summer, these leaves darken to a rich burgundy, before maturing to a stunning mix of gold, orange, scarlet and crimson in autumn.

Grow in sun or partial shade on any well-drained soil. Ultimately it can reach 8m tall after around 20 years.

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea

9. Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea

Berberis species are known for their spines and tolerant, robust nature, but aren’t given much credit for their ornamental qualities.

This deciduous species has reddish-purple leaves. The leaves on young shoots are pinker, giving a lovely effect when shrubs are outlined with fuzzy new growth. They also bear bright yellow blossom in summer and glossy red berries in autumn.

Berberis grows well in any soil and colours best in full sun. It’s also a surprisingly good candidate for clipping into topiary shapes.

8. Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’

This heuchera is like marmite in the garden: some people love the marbled purple and hot pink leaves while others hate them with a passion! If you grow heucheras in containers, make sure you take action to prevent vine weevil.

Vine weevil is less of a problem in the open ground and the plants do well in sun or shade to add some dramatic colour to the garden. The pink colouring shows best in spring.

7. Acer palmatum

This popular and well-known Japanese maple has many purple and maroon forms such as ‘Bloodgood’. Grow it in a sheltered spot out of strong winds and avoid strong sun.

The best position for Japanese maples is light, dappled shade. In autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant shade of crimson before falling and carpeting the ground with wonderful colour. They’re slow-growing plants which are suitable for smaller gardens and containers.

6. Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’

The dark purple leaves of this smoke bush will offset your borders with a dark background. The vigorous shrub produces oval leaves that are larger if the shrub is pruned back hard each year.

Cotinus are tolerant plants that grow well in sun or dappled shade and most soils, but its colour is brighter when grown in a sunny spot. It can reach 8m tall, but can cope with being pruned back hard to keep it in bounds.

5. Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’

The ‘Bishop’ series of dahlias are famous for their flowers but also have the most tremendous purple leaves, stems and flower buds.

There’s something autumnal about the warm orange flowers that accompany the dark purple on dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’. It’s a truly unmissable plant to enjoy up until the first frosts of winter. It grows to around 90cm tall.

4. Hydrangea quercifolia

The oak-leaved Hydrangea is a superb shrub for moist but well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade.

In truth, its large, distinctively shaped leaves are predominantly green during summer, but as autumn approaches, they develop purple tinges, which gradually give way to claret and crimson. The large creamy-white flower panicles make a wonderful contrast. Reaches 1.5m tall.

3. Sedum telephium ‘Xenox’

Most cultivars of Sedum telephium have purplish leaves, but ‘Xenox’ is possibly one of the best, offering a strong beetroot-purple that’s particularly striking in autumn, while other perennials fade.

Foliage colour seems to deepen when its clusters of flowers are produced, carried above the fleshy leaves like stalks of reddish-pink broccoli. They last as seedheads well into winter, too.

Rabbit-proof, attractive to pollinators and requiring next to no maintenance, this is a fine border plant, at 30cm tall.

2. Cornus ‘Kesselringii’

The oval leaves of this dogwood have a purplish tinge during summer, complementing its purple stems perfectly.

In autumn, their colour darkens and intensifies into red and purple shades – in contrast to clusters of white berries, if they’ve been produced – before falling and revealing the shrub’s dramatic stems, which become a darker purple-black in winter.

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

1. Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

The black-leaved elder is more beautiful than the common elder that grows in the hedgerows. Its slim black foliage is the perfect background for showing off delicate, pink tinged elder flowers.

The flowers can be used to make a pink coloured elderflower cordial. For the most intense leaf colour, make sure you grow this tall shrub in a sunny position. It can reach 3m in height.

Offset these jewel-like plants with purple leaves against these flowers with sunshine yellow petals. Find our top 10 plants for acid soil.


What is the name of this big plant with a purple trunk and green to purple berries? - Biology

A neighbor asked me to identify a robust perennial that keeps coming up in his garden. It had long, tropical-looking leaves and floppy racemes with small white flowers. This was a new one for me. Turned out it was common pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), a native of eastern North America. In the south some people eat it (poke salad), and a few southerners probably brought it west as a garden vegetable. But the whole plant is toxic if improperly prepared, so it’s the fugu of weeds.

A couple of weeks later my daughter brought home a stalk of purple berries and asked if she could eat them. “No,” I said, “they contain numerous saponins and oxalates.” I began to wonder if there’s more pokeweed around than I realized.

Then Gillies Robertson of Yolo RCD sent photos of a purple-berried plant found along a slough near Grimes. Common pokeweed again.

Pokeweed is in the Phytolaccaceae. This weed can grow to 10 feet tall. It dies back in winter then reemerges from the ground in spring, growing from a fat fleshy storage root. The leaves are large, 3 inches to a foot long and 1 to 5 inches wide, often with reddish stalks and lower veins. From August to October, pokeweed produces racemes of white flowers followed by reddish-purple berries. In its natural state, all parts of the plant, especially the root, are toxic to humans. Birds can eat the berries but sometimes act funny afterwards.

This plant can be found in most of the contiguous states. In drier regions, it prefers gardens and irrigated areas. Southerners with pokeweed experience suggest controlling it by digging up as much of the taproot as possible and/or by cutting off the stalks and painting the stubs with concentrated glyphosate (e.g. Roundup). Either way, treatments will probably have to be repeated until the plant’s storage reserves are worn down. And it’s a good idea to deal with pokeweed before it produces berries and seeds.

Since this is the first year I’ve seen it, and since I suddenly ran into it in three locations within a few weeks, I’m guessing that the common pokeweed population is expanding. This plant seems robust enough to cause some trouble if it becomes established in natural riparian areas.


20 plants with purple flowers

We've picked our favourite purple-flowered perennials, shrubs and climbers to grow.

Published: Friday, 1 May, 2020 at 7:46 am

Purple-flowered plants work well in most colour schemes, pairing just as effectively with whites and pastels as they do with hot reds and orange flowers.

For a striking pot or border display, try combining purple flowers with the acid greens of Alchemilla mollis, or euphorbias like Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae. Red poppies and orange kniphofias would also work well here.

For a more classic look, combine different shades of purple flowers with pink, blue and white-flowered plants.

Another benefit of growing purple-flowered plants is that they’re highly attractive to pollinators, with some showing an innate preference for purple flowers.

Discover some of our favourite plants with purple flowers to grow, below.

Teasel

The teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is a UK native biennial, bearing tall spikes of brush-like flowerheads with purple blooms, popular with bees and butterflies. Goldfinches eat the seed in winter. Grow at the back of a border or in a wild part of the garden.

Height x Spread: 1.8m x 80cm

Sweet rocket

Sweet rocket, Hesperis matrionalis is a pretty, white- or purple-flowered biennial, with a fantastic evening fragrance. It looks good when allowed to drift, naturally, through an informal sunny or partially shaded border, especially in a cottage garden or wildlife garden scheme.

H x S: 1m x 45cm

Alliums

Most ornamental alliums range in colour from white, through to pink and purple. They’re especially popular with pollinating insects and provide interest in borders with their drumstick-shaped blooms.

H x S: 90cm x 20cm

Salvias

Purple-flowered salvias like ‘Amistad’ and ‘Ostfriesland’ look fantastic growing in a mixed herbaceous border with other bright coloured flowers like kniphofias and rudbeckias.

H x S: 75cm x 45cm

Catmint

Catmints are attractive perennials with fragrant foliage, bearing masses of nectar-rich flowers in summer. There are lots of types of catmint available, from smaller bushy types suitable for growing in pots, to taller varieties, perfect for growing in the middle of a border. They thrive in a position of full sun, with light, well-drained soil.

H x S: 90cm x 90cm

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis is a popular garden perennial, grown for its plate-like purple flowers, which are attractive to a wide range of pollinators. It’s perfect for providing both height and long-lasting colour in borders.

H x S: 1.5m x 45cm

Clematis

There’s an abundance of purple-flowered clematis to grow, with blooms from pale mauves to deep, royal purples. For spring flowers try Clematis alpina, or for summer grow a variety of Clematis viticella.

H x S: 2.5m x 1.5m

Wisteria

Wisteria bears masses of purple flowers, and is traditionally trained against the front of houses or on garden walls. Japanese wisteria is less vigorous than Chinese wisteria, and has longer flowers.

H x S: 9m x 4m

Lavender

Lavender has become a garden stalwart due to its rich fragrance, gorgeous purple colour and ease of growing. It’s popular with pollinators, too. Grow it in full sun, in well-drained soil.

H x S: 45cm x 45cm

Buddleia

Buddleias are deciduous shrubs bearing masses of flowering panicles, which are popular with pollinators. They grow particularly well on chalky, lime-rich soils and are one of the best plants for attracting butterflies.

H x S: 4m x 4m

Mountain cornflower

Mountain cornflower, Centaurea montana is native to the mountain meadows and woodlands of continental Europe. It typically has grey-green, lance-shaped leaves and large, deep blue or violet flowers, borne in early summer. Bees love the flowers.

H x S: 45cm x 60cm

Lungwort

The lungwort, Pulmonaria spp., is named after its mottled leaves, which are supposed to resemble lungs. Funnel-shaped flowers are borne in shades of blue, violet, pink, purple, red and white. They’re extremely attractive to bees, particularly the hairy footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes.

H x S: 30cm x 30cm

Globe thistle

Globe thistles, Echinops spp., bear spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers, making them a great architectural choice for the back of a sunny border.

H x S: 90cm x 45cm

Perennial wallflower

Perennial wallflowers, such as Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’, are beautiful and floriferous, woody-stemmed perennials, bearing masses of mauve flowers on tall spires, for months on end. In southern regions, it flowers all year round.

H x S: 45cm x 50cm

Hardy geraniums

Cranesbill, or hardy geraniums, are perennial border plants with saucer-shaped flowers in shades of pink, purple and blue. They’re easy to grow, thrive in shade and flower for months. Geraniums are popular in cottage garden schemes and offer a long season of pollen and nectar for a number of pollinators, particularly bees.

H x S: 85cm x 85cm

Globe artichoke

Globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus ‘Scolymus Group’ is a dramatic perennial plant grown for its edible immature flowerheads, which are produced from July onwards. It’s also highly ornamental, bearing striking silvery, thistle-like foliage and tall flower stems topped by fat thistle buds. If not harvested, these open into large purple thistle flowers which attract masses of bees.

H x S: 1.2m x 90cm

Honeywort

Honeywort, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, is the perfect hardy annual for filling gaps in the ornamental border. It has gorgeous silvery blue-green leaves and pretty bell-shaped purple flowers, which are a magnet for bees. It makes a wonderful cut flower and self-seeds readily.

H x S: 60cm x 60cm

Trailing bellflower

Hardy, vigorous and persistent, trailing bellflower, Campanula portenschlagiana, is an alpine campanula, easily grown in rock gardens, on walls, in front of borders or even in containers. It forms a generous, dense mat of small ivy-like leaves which become hidden beneath the mass of small purple bells in summer.

H x S: 15cm x 50cm

Sea holly

Eryngiums make a striking addition to dry, sunny borders and gravel gardens. They have thistle-like flowers, made up of tiny flowers packed together in a tight cluster, surrounded by a ruff of spiny bracts.

H x S: 1m x 60cm

Russian sage

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a handsome sub-shrub that reaches its peak performance towards the end of summer and into early autumn, when it produces masses of lavender-coloured flowers held on branching, aromatic stems.


English Ivy

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Like Algerian ivy, English ivy can be used as a groundcover, especially in shady locations. Put it too close to a building, though, and it will soon scramble to cover it by attaching its stems to the wall with rootlets. It can also wind its way up a tree trunk easily.

We almost always see English ivy in its vining (juvenile) form, but under the right conditions it can mature and take on a shrub form.

The fruit can be poisonous for people.  


Sun-Loving Large-Leaf Plants

The seven golden candlesticks (Senna alata) is a sun-loving, tropical evergreen that grows between 5 and feet tall with large, 30-inch-long, dark-green foliage and bright yellow, cup-shaped blooms. The seven golden candlestick grows in zones 9 through 11 and will develop seedpod-like berries once the flowers stop blooming. Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum “Maurelii”) is a tropical, evergreen plant growing in zones 10 and 11. The Abyssinian banana has 10-inch, paddle-shaped leaves, trunk-like leaf stalks and insignificant white flowers. It produces inedible, banana-like fruit and is grown primarily for its showy foliage that is tinted with hues of maroon.

Taro (Colocasia) is a tropical perennial with several species and cultivars all producing large, showy leaves. Plants in the Taro genus are generally referred to elephant’s ears because of the large shape of this evergreen plant’s foliage. The red-stemmed taro (Colocasia multiflora) has large, deep-green leaves that sit atop colorful red stems. It grows to about 4 or 5 feet tall in sun or shade. “Black Magic” (Colocasia esculenta “Black Magic”) features foliage ranging in color from deep burgundy to jet-black. It reaches about 3 to 6 feet tall in zones 8 through 10. “Illustris” (Colocasia esculenta “Illustris”) features large, heart-shaped green foliage with dark-purple highlights. The large leaves of the “Coffee Cups” (Colocasia Esculenta "Coffee Cups") have a cup shape and are attached to stems that are nearly black in color. Both of these cultivars grow in zones 8 through 11. Upright giant taro (Alocasia macrorrhizos) grows up to 7 feet tall with thick leaf stalks, which the 2-foot or longer bright-green leaves grow from. Upright giant taro is not an actual member of the taro family but is considered a relative that grows in partial sun or light shade in zones 7 through 10.


SOLVED: tree with small purple fruit

The leaves seem pretty wide. Its about 30 feet tall. The fruit turns from green to purple and doesn't get any bigger than what is seen in the pictures. There is not a lot of fruit on this tree, just a few little pieces here and there. They don't seem to be in clusters either.

Are you sure the fruit is from that tree? Because it looks like a hickory to me.

Wild cherries have fruit like that, but the bark doesn't look right. if you look at smaller branches and twigs on a cherry tree, you can see that the bark has a concentric pattern going around the circumference of the branch. if you picked a bit loose and peeled it away from the wood, it would peel off in a ring going around the branch, not as a strip going down the length of the branch.

Please add a photo of the fruit on the tree. It will be very useful towards an ID.

Tom took the words out of my mouth.

That certainly is a hickory, likely a Pignut ( Carya glabra ) or - if pubescent stems and rachis, which I don't detect - it might be Mockernut ( Carya tomentosa ), based on leaves, buds, stems, and trunk shown.

Thought that might be a fruit from Hackberry, but mine are still solid green - and the pit is shaped wrong.

Maybe you also have a Black Cherry ( Prunus serotina ) nearby? How about a female Nyssa sylvatica ?

This certainly looks like my wild black cherry trees. Some of which are very old and the bark does change drastically when they get old.

black hickory-with nut in husk- and.

with stuff found attached to leaves, as usual

Snoop, you're right about the bark changing on older trees.. I couldn't see the bark pattern on any of the smaller branches or twigs, but I think they should show the usual pattern for cherry trees.

Just from the fruit, wild cherry (which I guess is also called black cherry) is my best guess. Between the cherries and the mulberries in the fence row of trees at the back edge of our yard, the birds "treat" us to purple poo-doos most of the summer.

I think the original poster ( Kalefarmer , a fellow Kentuckian from beautiful Jackson County) needs to pop back in here with a response and update.

I believe that there is no doubt that the tree part images (the leaves, branches, and trunk - not the fruit) is a species of Hickory. It has compound pinnate foliage, like the images kittriana posted. Those even have some of the trademark galls on the foliage that hickories are famous for.

Black Cherry (and Prunus species generally) have simple foliage. Their bark does vary with age, going from relatively smooth, shiny, and lenticelled up to the craggy peeling and splitting characteristic which allows the orangey innards to peep through. The fruit shown does remind me of a Black Cherry, though. I suspect that there is a cherry nearby with canopy intermingled. I'd hoped to be able to discern that in the canopy image provided, but all I can make out are more hickory leaves/branches, and one oak in the upper left hand corner against the sky.


The Best Purple Flowering Tree For North Texas







The Vitex aka Chaste Tree is a crowd favorite for North Texas, and it has one of the longest blooming seasons for flowering trees in Texas. Beautiful lilac purple blooms that are extremely fragrant, adorn the Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ tree shown below from May to September. The blooms are irresistible to pollinators of all sorts including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Vitex are large multi stemmed shrubs that maintain fairly dense, symmetrical and rounded canopies.

‘Shoal Creek’ Vitex Tree Flowers

Vitex trees do not drop any fruit, there are no known insects that feed on them, they have no known diseases, and they do not require any special soil when planted in North Texas. They can tolerate most soil conditions, provided they are well drained, and will flourish in full sun. The Vitex is also proudly designated as a Texas Superstar Shrub by Texas A&M University.

Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ at Treeland Nursery Dark Purple Flower on a ‘Delta Blue’ Vitex

At Treeland Nursery, we sell the Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ and Vitex ‘Delta Blue’ varieties. The Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ cultivar was selected for it vigorous growth habit, large flower spikes and it produces the best lilac purple flowers. The Vitex ‘Delta Blue’ cultivar is known for it’s brilliant bright blue-purple flowers, smaller sized leaves, and it shares the same fast growth rate as the ‘Shoal Creek’.

‘Delta Blue’ Vitex 30 Gallon Tree preparing for it’s next round of blooms.

Vitex trees work in just about any landscape design as long as full sun is permitted. This is a recent installation of ours at The Oaks of Argyle, in Argyle, Texas where a customer wanted to accent behind her pool and hot tub area. The flower petals are not messy next to pools like crape myrtles can be. Right when this was taken the blooms were just preparing, by now it will be lush and full of colorful blooms.

Vitex is used to landscape behind a pool


Purple Flowers

Aconitum

Monks Hood
Wolfsbane
Aconite

Scientific Name
Aconitum napellus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid to Late Summer

Autumn Gentian

Felwort

Scientific Name
Gentianella amarella

Plant Type
Biennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Alpine Betony

Betony
Lamb’s Ear

Scientific Name
Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Agapanthus

African Lily
Lily of the Nile

Scientific Name
Agapanthus orientalis

Plant Type
Biennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Anemone

Windflower
Helmet Flower

Scientific Name
Anemone nemorosa

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Spring to Autumn

Adria Bellflower

Wall Bellflower

Scientific Name
Campanula portenschlagiana

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Spring to Early Summer

Bee Orchid

Scientific Name
Ophrys apifera

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Bittersweet Nightshade

Potato Flower
Poison Berry
Violet Bloom
Felonwood
Blue Bindweed

Scientific Name
Solanum dulcamara

Plant Type
Perennials

Blooming
Spring to Fall

Basil

Purple Basil

Scientific Name
Ocimum basilicum purpurascens

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Mid to Late Summer

Baptisia

False Indigo
Wild Indigo

Scientific Name
Baptisia australis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early summer

Butterfly Orchid

Poor Man’s Orchid

Scientific Name
Habenaria psycodes

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer to Fall

Bell Heather

Purple Beauty

Scientific Name
Erica cinerea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Early Fall

Blue-eyed Grass

Montane Blue-eyed Grass

Scientific Name
Sisyrinchium montanum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Fall

Bachelor’s Button

Cornflower
Bluebottle
Sweet Sultan

Scientific Name
Centaurea cyanus

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Late spring to Early Fall

Blue Dick

Purple Head
Brodiaea

Scientific Name
Dichelostemma capitatum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Bush Lupine

Tree Lupine
Bush Lupin
Silver Bush Lupine

Scientific Name
Lupinus albifrons

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Early Summer

Betony

Purple Betony
Wood Betony
Bishop’s Wort

Scientific Name
Stachys officinalis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
June to September

China Aster

Annual Aster
Crown Aster

Scientific Name
Callistephus chinensis

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer to Early Fall

Creeping Thistle

Canada Thistle
Californian Thistle
Field Thistle

Scientific Name
Cirsium arvense

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Canterbury Bells

Blue Bell

Scientific Name
Campanula medium

Plant Type
Annual or Biennial

Blooming
Late spring to Mid Summer

Clustered Bellflower

Dane’s Blood
Purple Pixie

Scientific Name
Campanula glomerata

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Fall

Carnation

Windflower
Helmet Flower

Scientific Name
Dianthus caryophyllus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer to all year long

Checkered Lilies

Snakehead Lily
Leper Lily

Scientific Name
Fritillaria meleagris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late winter, Early and Mid spring

Cattleya Orchid

Corsage Orchid

Scientific Name
Cattleya

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Cirsium

Plum Thistle
Japanese Thistle

Scientific Name
Cirsium japonicum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late spring, Summer to Fall

Chives

Onion Chives
Common Chives

Scientific Name
Allium schoenoprasum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early Summer

Calla Lily

Arum Lily
Common Calla

Scientific Name
Zantedeschia

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early spring

Cosmos

Scientific Name
Cosmos

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and fall

Common Knapweed

Lesser Knapweed

Scientific Name
Centaurea nigra

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer to Fall

Common Comfrey

Boneset
Consound
Slippery-root

Scientific Name
Symphytum officinale

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Fall

Common Mallow

Cheeseplant
Cheeseweed
High Mallow

Scientific Name
Malva neglecta

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Early Summer to Mid fall

Cuckoo Flower

Lady’s Smock
Mayflower

Scientific Name
Cardamine pratensis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Spring

Common Butterwort

Bog Violet
Marsh Violet

Scientific Name
Pinguicula vulgaris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Mid Summer

Coneflower

Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea
Snakeroot

Scientific Name
Echinacea Purpurea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer to Fall

Walker’s Low Catmint

Catmint

Scientific Name
Nepeta x faassenii

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer

Candytuft

Scientific Name
Iberis

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Summer

Common Vetch

Spring Vetch

Scientific Name
Vicia sativa

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Mid Spring to Mid Summer

Corncockle

Common Corncockle

Scientific Name
Agrostemma githago

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer

Concord Grapes

Scientific Name
Tradescantia

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early Summer

Clematis

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Scientific Name
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early summer to early fall

Cyclamen

Persian Violet
Sowbread

Scientific Name
Cyclamen persicum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Fall and Winter

Crocus

Spring Crocus

Scientific Name
Crocus vernus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Winter and Spring

Columbine

Granny’s Nightcap

Scientific Name
Aquilegia

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early to Mid Spring

Scientific Name
Salvia hispanica

Plant Type
Anuual

Blooming
Summer

Delphinium

Larkspur

Scientific Name
Delphinium sp.

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Fall

Dendrobium Orchid

Bamboo Orchid
Singapore Orchid

Scientific Name
Dendrobium

Plant Type
Perennials

Blooming
Mid Winter to Early Spring

Devil’s-bit Scabious

Scientific Name
Succisa pratensis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Fall

Dinner Plate Dahlia

Dahlia Decorative

Scientific Name
Dahlia

Plant Type
Perennials

Blooming
Mid Summer to Fall

Daylily

Tawny Daylily

Scientific Name
Hemerocallis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Fall

Daphne

Winter Daphne
Fragrant Daphne

Scientific Name
Daphne odora

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Winter and Spring

Flowering Water Mint

Marsh Mint
Water Mint

Scientific Name
Mentha aquatica

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Fall

Fan Flower

Fairy Fan Flower
Common Fan Flower

Scientific Name
Scaevola aemula

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Fuchsia

Lady’s Eardrops
Magical Gold

Scientific Name
Fuchsia magellanica

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Early to Late Summer and Mid Fall

Foxgloves

Fairy Fingers
Fairy Gloves
Floppy Dock

Scientific Name
Digitalis purpurea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Spring

Fragrant Orchid

Lady of the Night

Scientific Name
Gymnadenia conopsea

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Gladiolus

Glads
Sword Lily

Scientific Name
Gladiolus X hortulanus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Mid Fall

Godetia

Farewell-to-spring
Clarkia

Scientific Name
Clarkia amoena

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer

Globe Artichoke

Cynara

Scientific Name
Cynara scolymus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Fall

Ground Ivy

Creeping Charlie
Cat’s Foot

Scientific Name
Glechoma hederacea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Globe Amaranth

Scientific Name
Gomphrena globosa

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Early Summer to Frost

Geraldton Waxflower

Scientific Name
Chamelaucium uncinatum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Winter

Garden Radish

Daikon
Bier Radish

Scientific Name
Raphanus sativus

Plant Type
Annual or Biennial

Blooming
Summer

Geranium

Hardy Geranium
Cranesbill

Scientific Name
Geranium x oxonianum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Autumn

Heliotrope

Cherrie Pie Flower

Scientific Name
Heliotropium peruvianum

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Late spring to Early Fall

Hottentot Fig

Highway Ice Plant
Cape Fig

Scientific Name
Carpobrotus edulis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early Fall

Hosta

Plantain Lily

Scientific Name
Hosta tardiflora

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Autumn

Honesty

Annual Honesty

Scientific Name
Lunaria annua

Plant Type
Annual or Biennial

Blooming
Spring and Early Summer

Henbit Deadnettle

Greater Henbit

Scientific Name
Lamium amplexicaule

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Hyacinth Bean Vine

Indian Bean
Egyptian Bean

Scientific Name
Dolichos lablab

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer to Fall

Heal-all Flower

Self-heal Flower

Scientific Name
Prunella vulgaris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Summer

German Iris
Bearded Iris

Scientific Name
Iris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Lavender

Spike Lavender
True Lavender

Scientific Name
Lavandula

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Spring to Early Summer

Lamium Ghost

Creeping Lamium

Scientific Name
Lamium maculatum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Mid fall

Liatris

Purple Torch
Glazing Star

Scientific Name
Liatris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Lesser Centaury

Feverwort
Bitter Herb

Scientific Name
Centaurium pulchellum

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer to Autumn

Lilac

Purple Lilac

Scientific Name
Syringa

Plant Type
Annuals and Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Lupine

Wild Lupine
Purple Lupine

Scientific Name
Lupinus

Plant Type
Perennial or Annual

Blooming
Summer

Limonium

Sea Lavender
Statice

Scientific Name
Limonium perezii

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Lisianthus

Eustoma

Scientific Name
Eustoma Grandiflorum

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer

Linaria

Toadflax

Scientific Name
Linaria purpurea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early Fall

Lobelia

Pukeweed
Vomitwort
Asthma Weed

Scientific Name
Lobelia inflata

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Fall

Michaelmas Daisy

Frost Flower

Scientific Name
Aster

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late summer and Early Fall

Matthiola

Brompton Stock
Stock

Scientific Name
Matthiola incana

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Spring

Meadow Saffron

Autumn Crocus
Naked Lady

Scientific Name
Colchicum autumnale

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Autumn

Morning Glory

Small Morning Glory
Tall Morning Glory

Scientific Name
Ipomoea purpurea

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Fall

Million Bells

Mini Petunia
Trailing Petunia

Scientific Name
Calibrachoa

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Late Spring to Mid Fall

Mystic Merlin

English Mallow
Musk Mallow

Scientific Name
Malva Sylvestris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Summer to Early Fall

Scientific Name
Mentha spicata

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Musk Thistle

Nodding Thistle

Scientific Name
Carduus nutans

Plant Type
Bienneal

Blooming
Spring

Marsh Woundwort

Scientific Name
Stachys palustris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Meadow Clary

Meadow Sage

Scientific Name
Salvia pratensis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer to Fall

New England Aster

Scientific Name
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Summer to Early Fall

Owl’s Clover

Exserted Indian Paintbrush

Scientific Name
Escobita

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Spring

Orchids

Early-purple Orchid
Salep Orchid

Scientific Name
Orchis mascula

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Spring

Penstemon

Beard-tongue

Scientific Name
Escobita

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Purple Sensation

Flowering Onion

Scientific Name
Allium aflatunense

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Spring to Early Summer

Purple Pansy

Scientific Name
Viola X wittrockiana

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Early Spring to Autumn

Purple Primrose

English Primrose

Scientific Name
Primula vulgaris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Spring to Summer

Purple Monte Casino

Heath Aster

Scientific Name
Aster ericoides

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Summer to Fall

Purple Lotus

Scientific Name
Nelumbo nucifera

Plant Type
Aquatic Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Pride of Madeira

Scientific Name
Echium candicans

Plant Type
Biennial

Blooming
Late Spring, Early to Mid Summer

Purple Mum

Garden Mum
Venus Purple

Scientific Name
Chrysanthemum morifolium

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring, Autumn, Late Summer

Purple Kale

Flowering Cabbage

Scientific Name
Brassica oleracea

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Winter to Spring

Pig Squeak

Scientific Name
Bergenia cordifolia

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late winter to Spring

Purple Smoke Indigo

False-indigo

Scientific Name
Baptisia purple smoke

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Spring to Late Summer

Pasque Flower

Wind Flower
Prairie Smoke

Scientific Name
Pulsatilla

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early Spring

Purple Bee Balm

Peach-leaf
Clustered Bellflower

Scientific Name
Monarda fistulosa

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid to Late Summer until Fall

Physostegia

Obedient Plant
False Dragonhead

Scientific Name
Physostegia virginiana

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid Summer to Fall

Pennyroyal

Squaw Mint
Mosquito Plant
Pudding Grass

Scientific Name
Mentha pulegium

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Mid to Late Summer

Protea

Sugarbushes
Giant Protea
Honeypot

Scientific Name
Protea cynaroides

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Mid summer

Phlox Miracle Grace

Pixie Miracle Grace

Scientific Name
Phlox paniculata

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Mid to Late Summer

Phlox

Creeping Phlox

Scientific Name
Phlox stolonifera

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Summer

Purple Hydrangea

Scientific Name
Purple hydrangea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Fall

Purple Hyacinth

Scientific Name
Lablab purpureus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early to Mid spring

Purple Tulips

Scientific Name
Tulipa

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Purple Loosestrife

Spiked Loosestrife

Scientific Name
Lythrum salicaria

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Purple Roses

Scientific Name
Rosa

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Flower
Kings Flower

Scientific Name
Eucomis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Petunias

Scientific Name
Petunia X hybrida

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Early Spring to Early Fall

Rosebay Willowherb

Scientific Name
Chamerion angustifolium

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Ranunculus

Persian Buttercup

Scientific Name
Ranunculus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Early Summer

Rhododendron

Purple Rhododendron

Scientific Name
Rhododendron catawbiense

Plant Type
Evergreen

Blooming
Spring and Summer

Rhodochiton Purple Bells

Purple Bell Vine
Purple Bellerine

Scientific Name
Rhodochiton atrosanguineum

Plant Type
Perennial and Annual

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Rose of Sharon

Rose Mallow
St Joseph’s rod

Scientific Name
Hibiscus syriacus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Sweet Violet

English Violet
Garden Violet
Violet Queen Charlotte

Scientific Name
Viola odorata

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Winter to Early Summer

Scabious

Pincushion Flower

Scientific Name
Scabiosa

Plant Type
Fall, Spring and Summer

Blooming
Mid Summer to Early Fall

Sea Pea

Beach Pea
Circumpolar Pea

Scientific Name
Lathyrus japonicus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Sea Holly

Scientific Name
Eryngium

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer to Fall

Stokesia

Scientific Name
Stokesia laevis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Fall

Saffron Crocus

Scientific Name
Crocus sativus

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Autumn

Sweet Pea

Scientific Name
Lathyrus odoratus

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Summer and Early Autumn

Sea Aster

Scientific Name
Aster tripolium

Plant Type
Perennials

Blooming
Summer to Early Fall

Thyme

Garden Thyme

Scientific Name
Thymus vulgaris

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Tufted Vetch

Cow Vetch
Bird Vetch

Scientific Name
Vicia cracca

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Vanda

Blue Vanda
Vanda Orchid

Scientific Name
Vanda coerulea

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring and Fall

Violet Gloxinia

Florist’s Gloxinia
Violet Slipper Gloxinia

Scientific Name
Sinningia speciosa

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Early Fall

Verbena

Purple Top
Tall Vervain

Scientific Name
Verbena bonariensis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Fall

Wisteria

Chinese Wisteria

Scientific Name
Wisteria sinensis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring

Wintry Sky Iris

Bearded Iris Wintry Sky
German Iris Wintry Sky

Scientific Name
Iris Wintry Sky

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Early to Mid Season

Wild Garlic

Wild Onion

Scientific Name
Allium canadense

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Summer

Western Shooting Star

Mosquito Bills
Mad Violets
American Cowslip

Scientific Name
Dodecatheon pulchellum

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Spring to Summer

Western Marsh Orchid

Common Marsh Orchid
Irish Marsh Orchid

Scientific Name
Dactylorhiza majalis

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Summer

Wild Hydrangea

Smooth Hydrangea

Scientific Name
Hydrangea arborescens

Plant Type
Perennial

Blooming
Late Spring to Fall

Welted Thistle

Scientific Name
Carduus crispus

Plant Type
Annual

Blooming
Summer to Autumn

Zinnia

Scientific Name
Zinnia elegans

Plant Type
Annual and Perennial

Blooming
Summer through Fall

With this information on purple flower names and all about the popular flower plants, I hope you will be able to choose the blooms of your interest and create mesmerizing floral landscapes!


By Phil Bergman

This article serves several purposes for the plant enthusiast and gardener. First, it introduces scores of interesting and unusual tropical plants. Secondly, it gives photographs of plants we carry at Jungle Music along with cultural information, present availability and prices .

Introduction

Many types of tropical and other plants are introduced below. I've included ample plant photographs with cultural highlights and pictures of nursery plants available with prices. For forty years we've primarily been growing palms and cycads. But, over the last few decades, we're becoming a premiere source for tropical plants as well. Below you'll see our tropical plants with some some other interesting items. Included are:

Tropical Trees, Some Species

Tropical Smaller "Companion Plants"

Epiphytic Plants of Interest

Colorful Plants

Succulents, Some Species that Mix Well in a Tropical Garden

Plant Species that We Feel Merit Mentioning Here

There are many similar plants that we're growing but that are not included here. This is not an all inclusive presentation. Over time we'll try to update this page with new items as they come in. But, this presentation will give you a feel for the types of plants we offer. And, it helps guide you to having a beautiful garden, whether commercial, private or a botanical garden. Let us know if you seek something not shown here.
Of note, species are presented alphabetically by common names (if well known) and followed by scientific botanical names. There are a lot of photos below so be patient with the download of about 1000 pictures.

COMMON PLANT NAME
SPECIES NAME
PLANT DESCRIPTION
AVAILABILITY & PRICE
PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDIVIDUAL
PLANT SPECIES AT OUR NURSERY OR IN GARDENS
PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDIVIDUAL
PLANT SPECIES AT OUR NURSERY OR IN GARDENS

Country or area of origin: Mexico
Mature height: 6 feet
Sun Requirements: Full sun most areas
Cold Tolerance: To about 25 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Light
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Usually 5g, 15g sometimes old specimens as shown
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $175, 20g $275-$350
Size shown: 5g, old and tall 15g and 20g
Comments: Shorter, xerophytic type plant that tolerates hot sun. Leaves are thick and fleshy and take on a blue color, even in part sun. Over many years slowly form trunks as shown here. Almost a "cartoon -like, Dr. Seuss" plant. Old trunk specimens are occasionally available.

Country or area of origin: Is a variety or hybrid type of plant
Mature height: 8 feet - suckers, forms clumps.
Sun Requirements: Right on coast - can take full sun. Far inland filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: To about low to mid 20's F.
Water Requirements: Appreciate adequate water
Rate of Growth: Medium to fast
Sizes Available: 5g and 15g, both shown here.
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $150
Size shown: 5g and 15g
Comments:
Easy to grow if one gives them enough water. This hybrid is bigger than one above. If you have room, very lush and attractive. Too much sun or lack of water browns leaves.

Country or area of origin: Ecuador and Columbia in South America where it typically grows epiphytically
Mature height: Epiphytic plants in nature, usually under 6 feet tall. Domestically grown in pots and about the same mature height.
Sun Requirements: Filtered light for most people
Cold Tolerance: Mid to upper 20's F.
Water Requirements: Average water
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: Some 5g, 7g and 20g
Regular Prices: 5g size $65-$85, 7g $125+, 15g $185 to $225, 20g inquire
Size shown: 5g, 7g and 20g
Comments:
These are one of the most cool companion plants you can add to the garden. Leaves are wide and long with a thick wrinkled texture and scalloped edges. Leaves can get an impressive five feet long! Plants will flower producing red seeds. Very easy to grow.

Country or area of origin: The Americas (New World)
Mature height: Anywhere from one foot to over eight feet
Sun Requirements: Most like filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Variable - Figure most don't want to see a freeze
Water Requirements: Average water
Rate of Growth: Slow to medium
Sizes Available: 1g to 25g
Regular Prices: Variable depending on size and rarity
Size shown: 1g to 25 gallon
Comments:
Shown here are an assortment of exotic Anthurium we've had at the nursery in the past few months. Often we just get one of a species. Then we try to get others. Most are from private collectors. You'll likely find none of these at regular nurseries. All are super desirable.

AURICARIA ANGUSITFOLIA
A CONIFEROUS EVERGREEN
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
THIS SPECIES NATIVE TO SOUTH AMERICA
MAKE LARGE MATURE TREES
VERY DIFFERENT!

BANANA - YELLOW FLOWERING
ENSETE LASIOCARPUM
CHINESE YELLOW BANANA
FLOWER HUGE - TOO BIG FOR PLANT!

BOTTLE TREE
BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
MAKES LARGER TREE , THIN LEAF
KNOWN FOR ITS TRUNK AND FOLIAGE

Country or area of origin: Queensland, Australia
Mature height: Over 50 feet with a massive trunk. Reports of trunks with an eleven foot diameter!
Sun Requirements: Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance: Low to medium
Water Requirements: Water conserving
Rate of Growth: Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $150
Size shown: 15g
Comments:
This larger garden tree is actually easy to grow. It has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F. It is known for a smooth and wide trunk. It's a snakeskin type of trunk surface. The tree bulges towards its base giving it a very different appearance. The leaflets are narrow, letting in nice filtered light.


by anbg.gov

by Adelaide Zoo Website, Australia

Country or area of origin: A cultivar, man made
Mature height: Variable, typically 1 foot, sometimes more
Sun Requirements: Filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Best to keep away from a freeze
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: smaller, typically 1g
Regular Prices: When available, typically $25 to $35
Size shown: 1gallon
Comments:
This group of colorful plants was developed as a hybrid/cultivar from colorful Kalanchoe plants. They have intensely bright colors with large blooms.

ORANGE CLIVIA
SHOWER OF SPRING BLOSSOMS
TWO COLORS: ORANGE AND YELLOW

Country or area of origin: South Africa
Mature height: Variable, but typically 18 to 30 inches maximum they do slowly clump over time
Sun Requirements: Most areas filtered light or a little sun. Santa Ana conditions will burn them in hot sun.
Cold Tolerance: Low 20's F.
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Slow but dependable
Sizes Available: 5g
Regular Prices: 5g $35 - $45 (for orange color) Yellow more expensive
Size shown: 5 gallon
Comments: This popular plant is used for early spring color. They through up long lasting clusters of blossoms. Orange is the one you usually see around. But, the yellow is very nice and super rare. These are a super dependable plant.


typical orange blossom

more rare yellow blossom which we have

unknown photographer Flikr

unknown photographer

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
THIN TRUNK MATURE


Country or area of origin: Asia, Australia and Africa
Mature height: Average mature height six to seven feet
Sun Requirements: Can tolerate full coastal sun although part day sun is better. Far inland would be filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: Estimated into the mid-twenties F.
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Slow but dependable
Sizes Available: 20 - 25g
Regular Prices: Request quote
Size shown: 20-25 gallon
Comments: This near impossible to find Crinum is unusual because of its size. Leaves can get up to six feet long. They sucker forming a clump as shown. Their availability is very limited. We're investigated propagation and hopefully will offer small plant soon. Flowers are large and purple and white in color.

DESERT ROSE
ADENIUM OBESUM

RED FLOWERING PLANT
CALLED "THE DESERT ROSE"
MINIATURE PLANT, USED FOR BONSAI
YES, AN ASSORTMENT OF BLOSSOM COLORS

DRAGON TREE
DRACENA DRACO
UNUSUAL LARGE TREE
FAIRLY UNCOMMON TO SEE
REMEMBER: GIVE IT ROOM TO GROW

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED BUSH OR TREE
PURPLE TO COPER COLORED LEAVES

Country or area of origin: Caribbean
Mature height: Variable, depending on pruning. Can get over ten feet tall
Sun Requirements: Full sun.
Cold Tolerance: Mid to low 30's F. Can go deciduous if gets colder.
Water Requirements: Light
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $150
Size shown: 5g
Comments: As the last picture shows, you can shape this plant into anything you'd like. It gets great color. Left alone, it'll get way overhead.


photo by statebystategardening website


Country or area of origin: The Americas, but only on the eastern coast. Extends from the gulf states through Mexico into Central and South America - Also seen in the Caribbean
Mature height: Averages 2 to 3 feet
Sun Requirements: Filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Mid to low 20's F.
Water Requirements: Medium to heavy
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 1g
Regular Prices: 1g $20
Size shown: 1g
Comments: This fern is very commonly seen as an epiphytic fern in trees in the above areas. But, it can be grown in the ground. Leaves are blue green. It slowly creeps along the ground and spreads. It's never very tall and would make a good ground cover that's different.

Country or area of origin: China, SE Asia and Polynesia
Mature height: Averages 2 feet with green and white leaves striped longitudinally
Sun Requirements: Filtered light or shade. Not good for full hot sun.
Cold Tolerance: Mid 20's F.
Water Requirements: Medium to heavy. Do not let it go dry.
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 1g
Regular Prices: 1g $20
Size shown: 1g
Comments: This fern is desirable because of the variegated foliage. Leaves are actually more white than green. They slowly clump as they grow and never get tall. This fern is fairly rare and hard to find.

Country or area of origin: New Guinea
Mature height: Variable, ten to thirty feet
Sun Requirements: Full sun along the coast although does well in part sun. Far inland perhaps filtered light if not freeze.
Cold Tolerance: Down to about a freeze
Water Requirements: Medium
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: When available, 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: Out of stock right now. Please inquire.
Size shown: 5g and 15g
Comments:
This is a fantastic plant for the garden if you have a non-freezing environment. The leaves can get up to three feet long and almost two feet across. They are pleated with red veins in the leaves. New leaves can emerge a somewhat red color. You can grow it as an overhead tree or prune it to be a more low-profile bush. These plants are super rare, almost impossible to propagate and never inexpensive. I have two of these trees in my garden in San Diego.

FIRECRACKER GRASS
TYPE OF FOUNTAIN GRASS
GENUS PENNESETUM
GETS 4 TO 5 FEET TALL
A GOOD SHOWN OF RED FOR FULL SUN


FLAX- RED
DWARF PLANT, COLD HARDY
TYPE OF
PHORMIUM
A NEW ZEALAND RED FLAX
FAIRLY DROUGHT TOLERANT & COLD HARDY!


Country or area of origin: Cultivar, so no native habitat
Mature height: To three feet
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Cold Tolerance: To about 20 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Low once established
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Usually 5g
Regular Prices: 5g $45
Size shown: 5g
Comments:
This drought tolerant and dwarf companion plant gets red in the hot sun and never gets over about 3 feet tall. It's becoming super popular with water restrictions. The plants at the nursery will get more red in bright sun. Available on request.

photo by Pacific Horticultural Society Website

FRUIT TREE
POMEGRANATE TREE
PUNICA GRANATUM
BRIGHT RED FLOWERS!
AND, YOU GET FRUIT LATER

Country or area of origin: Middle East and eastern Mediterranean area
Mature height: Can prune to preferred height. Left alone can get over 20 feet tall.
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Cold Tolerance: Cold tolerant to low teens F.
Water Requirements: Low once established
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Usually 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $150
Size shown: 15g
Comments: I mention this fruit tree for two reasons. First, it has very attractive red blossoms. But, it can be maintained as a smaller tree and easily bears fruit as shown here.


Picture of fruit c/o Wikipedia

Country or area of origin: Mexico
Mature height: Typically 12 to 20 feet
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Cold Tolerance: 20 to 25 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Low
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $65, 15g $175
Size shown: 15g (larger presently)
Comments: The plants we have were all grown from bubils collected about five years ago from a friend of the nursery. They've slowly grown over these years and are now starting to kick in. Some are making nice 15g plants. They seem indestructible. If you can't tell, there's a definite blue to the leaves.

Country or area of origin: Uncertain
Mature height: Three to four feet
Sun Requirements: Coastal sun or part sun - far inland filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Mid to upper twenties F.
Water Requirements: Medium
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Usually 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $150 (limited supply)
Size shown: 5g and 15g
Comments: At the nursery this is one of our favorites. This is because it's a dwarf species and that the leaves are very cool. They like our part day sun or filtered light although some say to give them full sun. Blossoms are upright as shown here. We run out of these all the time. So, get one if you want one.

Country or area of origin: East Asian
Mature height: Typically 6 to maximum 10 feet, generally taller than the Kahili Ginger. There are dwarf cultivars.
Sun Requirements: Full sun in near coastal areas, part day sun or filtered light inland
Cold Tolerance: Plants tolerate a freeze and do well into the mid-twenties F.
Water Requirements: Average although they can take extra water
Rate of Growth: Medium to fast
Sizes Available: Typically 5g and 15g
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g $150
Size shown: 5g & 15g
Comments:
This type of Ginger has the green leaf form and the variegated leaf form as shown. These are quick growing plants that do sucker and form clumps. Flowers are long lasting whereas Kahili Ginger are short living. Blossoms hang downwards. Individual flowers look like small shells. They are not fragrant. These plants are an easy way to "create that Hawaii look".

ICE CREAM BEAN TREE
INGE EDULIS
SOUTH AMERICAN TROPICAL TREE
PULP TASTES LIKE VANILLA ICE CREAM

Country or area of origin: Various countries in South America
Mature height: Up to 75 feet
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Cold Tolerance: Cold tolerant somewhere below a freeze but not into the low 20's.
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Typically 1g or 5g - sometimes out of stock
Regular Prices: 1g $25g, 5g $55
Size shown: 5g
Comments:
I'm mentioning this tree here because it is an attractive tree and the pulp inside the seed pod tastes like vanilla ice cream. Availability of this species is sporadic.


Photo by Botanics.jp Website


JASMINE SPECIES
WHITE FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS IN CLUSTERS
ALSO LARGE WHITE FLOWERS WITH ROSE COLORED CENTER
TWO DIFFERENT UNUSUAL TYPES

Country or area of origin: Australia
Mature height: Climbing vine, so depends on structure/tree holding it up
Sun Requirements: Full sun.
Cold Tolerance: Temperatures possibly down to 20 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Moderate
Rate of Growth: Fast
Sizes Available: 5g
Regular Prices: 5g $55
Size shown: 5g, two species
Comments: Here I am showing two different types of climbing Jasmine. The first one has smaller blossoms, but they are super fragrant. The second one has minimal fragrance with big white flowers with red centers. Sometimes this latter type has a pink color to the petals. Both are quick growing and take full sun. We occasionally have a third type (not shown here) that has fragrant, smaller pink blossoms.

White Jasmine, this and next two pictures

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA" - The last
picture and the next two pictures

Photo by Gopixpics.com Website

Country or area of origin: Americas, Africa and Madagascar
Mature height: Most plants like those shown here get to about 2 feet tall. But, in the wild, some types can get to 15 feet.
Sun Requirements: Filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Not below a freeze
Water Requirements: Moderate
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 1g and 2g
Regular Prices: 1g $20, 2g $35
Size shown: 25g, several types
Comments: These colorful little gems come in all colors of the rainbow. They do need careful care and are good for instant, low profile color.

KALANCHOE BAHARENSIS
THE VELVET ELEPHANT EAR PLANT
EXAMPLE OF A LARGER KALANCHOE
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SORT OF BIZARRE APPEARING

Country or area of origin: Americas, Africa and Madagascar
Mature height: Typically six to ten feet, maybe more
Sun Requirements: Full or partial sun
Cold Tolerance: Perhaps upper 20's F.
Water Requirements: Light - let it dry out between waterings
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 5g
Regular Prices: 5g $55
Size shown: 5g
Comments: Different looking gray colored plant with fuzzy leaves and a vertical stem. Overwater, even in the growing season, can kill them. This is a zerophytic species.



LADY PALM
YES, THIS IS A PALM - RHAPIS
BUT, MANY PEOPLE CONSIDER IT A COMPANION PLANT
GREEN VARIETIES AND
VARIEGATED ZUIKONISHIKI

Country or area of origin: Asia, China, Laos, Thailand and Laos
Mature height: Variable, three to twenty feet depending on species.
Sun Requirements: Filtered light on most types
Cold Tolerance: Low 20's F. on most. Some take into the upper teens.
Water Requirements: Moderate
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: 5g, 15g, 25g
Regular Prices: Inquire
Size shown: 5g & 15g
Comments: I've included a desirable type of palm here because so many consider the Lady Palm to be a companion or house plant. I've shown a rare Japanese variegated Rhapis, Rhapis multifida, excela and the tall Rhapis humilus. All can be easily grown inside or outside in most gardens in this area.

Variegated R. excelsa var. nuikonishiki

Rhapis multifida

Rhapis excelsa

Rhapis humilus by Frank Macdonough LAA

Country or area of origin: New Caledonia
Mature height: Eight to ten feet
Sun Requirements: On the coast, part sun or perhaps more. Usually I recommend filtered light. Far inland filtered light only.
Cold Tolerance: Uncertain but probably low 30's F. Try to protect from a freeze.
Water Requirements: Medium
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Sporadic availability. When we have them, 5g and 15g.
Regular Prices: 5g $95, 15g $195
Size shown: 15g in flower
Comments: This is a dioecious plant, so you need males and females to set seeds. It has long, wide green leaves that resemble an Anthurium plant. The trunk is narrow. Pictures here show both sexes. This is a very cool, rare and unusual companion plant for the garden.

MONDO GRASS
AKA "MONKEY GRASS"
THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OFFERED
BLACK, SILVER (VARIEGATED) AND GREEN
ALL DWARF GROUND COVERS

Country or area of origin: Asia
Mature height: Dwarf height usually not over 18 inches and often less.
Sun Requirements: Full sun in almost all localities.
Cold Tolerance: Upper teens F.
Water Requirements: Low
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: 1g.
Regular Prices: 1g $17.50 - $25
Size shown: 1g
Comments: These dwarf and stem-less grasses come from Asia. They are members of the Ophiopogon genus. The primary reason people seek them out is that they are a very easy to use ground cover. They can be used on a garden perimeter, next to a walk way, between stepping stones or on top of a pot's soil where another plant is growing. They are never over a foot tall. We are lucky enough to offer three different types: green, white/silver and black. The black form is the slowest growing. They do eventually fill in an area but don't run.


This and next 2 pictures green variety

Black Mondo grass

This and next 2 pictures the silver Mondo

Photo of green Mondo Grass from Houzz.com website


MOTHER IN LAW'S TONGUE
SANSEVERIA
SPECIES
OVER 70 KNOWN SPECIES
LOW PROFILE - WATER CONSERVING
OVER TIME, ASSORTMENT OF AVAILABILITY


Country or area of origin: Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia
Mature height: For genus, assortment of mature heights. But, for most, figure under three feet tall.
Sun Requirements: Right on the coast, possibly full sun. But, figure strong filtered light to be best.
Cold Tolerance: Lower 20's F. on an average. Some species more tender.
Water Requirements: Low once established
Rate of Growth: Slow to medium
Sizes Available: Assorted sizes
Regular Prices: For most species, these tend to be affordable and are easy to ship.
Size shown: Assorted
Comments:
Sanseveria are a durable smaller dwarf type of plant that have thick leaves and are largely unarmed. They grow in a rosette with stiff, upright leaves. They tolerate sun or partial sun and are fairly cold hardy. I am showing several species. I have a friend who only grows these plants so I may be able to get any species you want. These are easy to ship.

Sanseveria blossom at nursery

ORCHID
EPIDENDRON
ORCHID
ORANGE BLOSSOM
REEDSTEM TYPE TERESTRIAL ORCHID


Country or area of origin: The Americas
Mature height: Domestically, typically not over three to four feet.
Sun Requirements: Full sun along the coast but do fine in filtered light as well.
Cold Tolerance: Mid to upper twenties F.
Water Requirements: Moderate - like humidity
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: 5g.
Regular Prices: 5g $55
Size shown: 5g
Comments: The family of Epidendron Orchids are loaded with species/varieties of lots of different colors. These include pink, red, white and yellow. But, one of the most vibrant is the orange. This is the color we usually have in stock. These plants have tons of reed-like stems, most of which will blossom this summer. Leaves are thick and small and plants can be divided in the future to easily add to other areas of the garden. You can plant these right in the soil. They are cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.

OX TONGUE PLANT
GASTERIA
SUCCULENT
BIG ORANGE BRANCHING FLOWERS IN SHADE

Country or area of origin: South Africa
Mature height: Plant shown under 3 feet. There are lots of different Gasteria species.
Sun Requirements: Part sun or filtered light - and they give super blossoms in filtered light!0part Full sun along the coast but do fine in filtered l
Cold Tolerance: Probably mid-twenties F.
Water Requirements: Light
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: 8 inch
Regular Prices: 8 inch $35, large
Size shown: 8 inch
Comments: I began offering this succulent because it can produce large, branching flowers in shady conditions. The blossoms are a red-orange in color. This is a type of Gasteria known as Ox Tongue. The flowers go up two feet above the plants and branch. The leaves are thick and have striped silver on green variegation as shown. They can take some sun if needed.

PHILODENDRON


Country or area of origin: Southern Mexico
Mature height: Plant height depends on what it's growing on. Plants have been recorder going up a hundred feet into overhead canopy.
Sun Requirements: Partial sun or filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: Mid-twenties F. or lower
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 1g and 5g
Regular Prices: 1g $25, 5g $55 (large)
Size shown: 1g
Comments: Monstera deliciosa is a climbing tropical plant native to areas from southern Mexico down through Latin America. It climbs up tree trunks and can get up to 100 feet into the canopy. It has green leaves with horizontal splits/openings. The trunks are about an inch thick. Leaves can be much larger than shown here when mature. It is super easy to grow. Just plant it next to almost anything.

PHILODENDRON
PHILODENDRON SELLEUM

LARGE
PHILODENDRON WITH SPLIT LEAVES
PLANT IN THE GROUND
OR, LET IT CLIMB UP A TRUNK
EASY TO GROW AND HARDY

Country or area of origin: Brazil
Mature height: Six to ten feet from ground
Sun Requirements: Partial sun or filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: 210 to 25 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Slow to medium
Sizes Available: 5g & 15g (large)
Regular Prices: 5g $55, 15g, $185
Size shown: 5g and 15g
Comments: Philodendron selleum for the enthusiast can be grown in two ways: in the garden, in the ground - or next to a tree trunk allowing this plant to slowly climb up the trunk. Leaves are large. They are prominently divided. Trunks are four to five inches with large roots for attachment. Of note, this climbing species will not hurt the tree supporting it. Given good care, this species add an instant tropical look to the garden.


Planted in the ground

photo by travel.mongabay website

Country or area of origin: Brazil - But plants come from one variant single sprouting plant from a group of another species. Reportedly the world's supply came from this one different seedling.
Mature height: Three feet tall - wider than tall
Sun Requirements: Most areas filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: 25 degrees F.
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Slow to medium
Sizes Available: 5g & 15g (large)
Regular Prices: 5g $45-$55 15g $175 (large)
Size shown: 5g and 15g
Comments: Philodendron xanadu is one of the most called for Philodendron by landscape architects and designers. This is because it has been produced in volume by tissue culture labs and everyone knows it. It does have its merits even though it is nothing rare. It has a small size and is easy to grow. It takes up little room and is fairly cold hardy. We typically have 3/5 g size and 15g size available, although recently I've heard availability is markedly diminishing.

Country or area of origin: North and South America including parts of the Caribbean
Mature height: Figure 12 to 18 inches
Sun Requirements: Sun or part sun, depending on area
Cold Tolerance: At least into the mid-twenties F. - Possibly lower
Water Requirements: average
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: 1g
Regular Prices: 1g $15
Size shown: 1g
Comments: Similar to a "Wander Jew" plant, this different ground cover adds a very nice purple color to the garden. It's very low profile and fairly easy to grow. We offer affordable 1g plants.


RANDOM ASSORTED TROPICAL PLANTS
ONE GALL/SIX INCH POT SIZE
LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM

Country or area of origin: Various locations
Mature height: Various
Sun Requirements: Typically filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Figure on most above a freeze
Water Requirements: Average
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Smaller pots
Regular Prices: Assorted prices
Size shown: Smaller sizes
Comments: We continually get in odd and ends type of interesting tropical plants. These are not flowering plants but rather green, understory companion type plants. In our area, almost everyone can grow these. I'd anticipate none will take direct hot and full sun. Filtered light would be better. If you're looking for something different to add to the garden, these might fit the bill. None are expensive.


SAGO PALM
CYCAS REVOLUTA

COMMON BUT AFFORDABLE
PLANTS OF ALL SIZES AVAILABLE

Country or area of origin: Southern Japan including the Ryukyu Islands.
Mature height: Century old plants can fork above the ground and get over 15 feet. This is very unusual to see. Normally in a few decades one gets a plant with three to five feet of trunk.
Sun Requirements: Full or part sun along the coast. In desrt areas, filtered light best as summer's heat and sun will burn the leaves.
Cold Tolerance: Upper teens F. or a bit colder
Water Requirements: Low once established
Rate of Growth: Very slow
Sizes Available: Assorted sizes
Regular Prices: Variable but figure 5g $65+, 15g $200 to $300 and larger on request
Size shown: Assorted as noted
Comments: The Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta, is the most common landscape cycad in the world. It doesn't thrill enthusiasts or collectors but is just perfect for the casual gardener. In most areas they like sun, are very cold hardy and reliable. Do give them adequate room as they grow over time.


This and next two pictures 7g size

5 gallon size

15 gallon size

25g size

48 inch boxed plant, old

SCREW PINE
PANDANUS UTILUS

BIZARRE TREE WITH SPIRALING LEAVES
SHINY SNAKESKIN TRUNK
STILT ROOT FORMATION

Country or area of origin: Native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.
Mature height: Average domestic or garden height estimated at ten to twenty feet. They can get taller.
Sun Requirements: Full or part sun along the coast. I suspect part day sun far inland.
Cold Tolerance: Mid-twenties F.
Water Requirements: Low to medium
Rate of Growth: Medium
Sizes Available: Currently sold out
Regular Prices: 5g $75 (six years old)
Size shown: 5g
Comments: Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all. It's actually a monocot (similar to palms). It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction. Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl. Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins. The trunk on this species is quite amazing. It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability. Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves. Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like. It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades. Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.


STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATA
EPIPHYTIC FERN THAT LIVES IN TREES
ANTLER TYPE LEAVES
MOUNTED PLANTS AVAILABLE

Country or area of origin: South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia and PNG
Mature height: Form epiphytic clumping plants that in many decades can reach several meters width
Sun Requirements: Part sun or filtered light
Cold Tolerance: Low 20's F. by estimate
Water Requirements: Low
Rate of Growth: Slow
Sizes Available: Mounted on wood as shown
Regular Prices: Wood mounted $35+
Size shown: Mounted on wood
Comments: This species grows in trees. Often all you see when you look up in the rainforest, all you see is a large clump of leaves with their brown shields. We sell them mounted on wood (sort of epiphytic) where you'd hang them on a branch or a nail in a fence. Or, you can remove the wood and apply them right on a trunk as shown below. Give them part sun. Spray them about ever week or two with water and fertilize them every few months with liquid fertilizer. They are reliable performers.

SUCCULENTS
MANY TYPES AND SPECIES


TRAVELER PALM
RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS

SUPER POPULAR AND SOUGHT AFTER
ALL LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
WON'T TAKE A FREEZE

Country or area of origin: Madagascar
Mature height: Mature trees in habitat can get thirty to forty feet. Most domestic plants are 20 feet or less in California.
Sun Requirements: Along the coast, it's best to grow them in full sun. Far inland areas would grow in a few hours sun or filtered light.
Cold Tolerance: Temperatures below a freeze will kill these plants.
Water Requirements: Moderate
Rate of Growth: Fairly quick growing.
Sizes Available: 10g and 25g - Sometimes we have 2 or 5g plants.
Regular Prices: on request, but larger plants are $250-$450, occasionally 12 feet tall, Presently 5g, $45- $55 (not shown)
Size shown: 10g and 25g.
Comments: This is a very tropical species that one can grow if you don't freeze. Along the coast, full sun is best for long term growth. Strong winds can tear leaves. Note, all the leaves are in one plane - this is called a "distichous" plant.


25g size

25g size, about fourteen feet tall

squat 10g size, about 8 feet tall


photo in habitat, Madagascar by JS

Plant being grown in Orange County, CA

photo from Wikipedia

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