Hardy Plantabase

Hardy Tropicals Hardy Plantabase.

Plantabase... Plant Hardy Database!

Our 'Plantabase' or Plant Database is meant to provide our visitors details about the various hardy tropicals we've personally had experience with. 'Plantabase' is organized by 21 searchable hardy plant categories and has 55 total entries to date. Plantabase is searchable by keywords, common category, family, genus, species, etc.

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Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia Bifurcata)

Categorized as: Palm,Tree

April 08, 2011 | 18720 Views | 0 Comments

Foxtail Palm

The Foxtail Palm is becoming an extremely popular palm in southern climates. In fact, the Foxtail palm tree is the most used landscape palm tree in the world. It is suitable for moist sub-tropical and tropical climates. It is also known by the botanic name Wodyetia bifurcata. Foxtail Palms are native to the Northern Australia. It can be grown as a potted palm so long as it's cared for properly, but it likely will quickly outgrow its pot since it's rate of growth of medium to fast. Its moderately drought tolerant, handles a variety of soil conditions very well, is typically is free of pests, and handles neglect fairly well - ultimately it's an easy palm to grow... if you have the right climate.

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Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Wodyetia
Species: Bifurcata
Cultivar: None Identified


Giant Vivax Bamboo, Running Bamboo (Phyllostachys Vivax)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 18613 Views | 0 Comments

Giant Vivax Bamboo Vivax Bamboo will get very large very quickly. So if you're looking for big bamboo fast, this is the bamboo for you. Vivax is a very cold hardy giant bamboo similar in appearance to Japanese Timber Bamboo. Vivax has very large leaves with deep green colors. The culm (cane) sheaths are creamy buff color with brown spotting. Canes are typically 5-6 inches in width when mature.

Phyllostachys Vivax 'Aureocaulis' which is similar to Vivax has canes that are bright yellow with random green stripes (second photo). This is a rare species and is truly a sight to behold. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Vivax
Cultivar: None Identified


Alphonse Karr, Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa Multiplex)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 12969 Views | 0 Comments

Hedge Bamboo, Alphonse Karr Alphonse Karr is a green striped yellow bamboo that forms dense large clumps. New shoots are often tinted pink or red when exposed to high sunlight. This bamboo makes a great potted container plant, especially in colder climates. It, like other forms of Bambusa multiplex, are among the best bamboos for a well lit area indoors. Bambusa generally grow a very tight cluster of canes, and 'Alphonse Karr' is no exception, making it an excellent choice for a privacy screen where a clumping bamboo is desired. Typical diameter is 1.5 inches in width. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bambusa
Species: Multiplex
Cultivar: 'Alphonse Karr'


Giant Japanese Timber Bamboo, Madake (Phyllostachys Bambusoides)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 9463 Views | 0 Comments

Phyllostachys Bambusoides ‘Giant Japanese Timber’ Japanese Timber Bamboo, aka Madake, has very thick walls making it one of the best bamboo species for timber. This is a true giant, reaching up to 60+ feet in height and 5"+ in diameter. Can be slow to mature. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Bambusoides
Cultivar: None Identified


Yellow Groove Bamboo, Spectabilis Bamboo (Phyllostachys Aureosulcata)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 9638 Views | 0 Comments

Spectabilis Bamboo This aptly named form of "Yellow Groove Bamboo" is both rare and beautiful. Its colors are reversed from the species, i.e., it has bright yellow culms with a green sulcus. It is the hardiest bamboo with yellow and green striped color pattern. Like the other forms of the species, this bamboo makes an excellent hedge or screen due to its fast, upright growth. When grown in a sunny location, the new culms have a spectacular red highlight in the spring and early summer. Typical diameter is about 2" wide. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Aureosulcata
Cultivar: 'Spectabilis'


Koi Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 17703 Views | 0 Comments

Phyllostachys Aurea ‘Koi’ One of the most interesting color variations, the culms are green at first becoming yellow with a green sulcus after a few months. Meaning that it has a patterned striping that alternated sides up and down the cane. The yellow parts of the culm are sometimes tinted with a rose highlight in bright sun. It also has an occasional leaf variegation. Typical diameter is about 1.25 inches.
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Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: aurea
Cultivar: 'Koi'


Phyllostachys nuda, Nuda Bamboo, Nude Sheath bamboo (Phyllostachys Nuda)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 12, 2010 | 11988 Views | 0 Comments

Phyllostachys nuda Nuda is one of the hardiest bamboos. New culms emerge purplish green, eventually lightening to match the leaf color. It has dark green culms with a bright white ring at the node. The leaves are also darker than most other bamboos. This is a running bamboo, so take precautions for restraint; read our blog entry on controlling bamboo. Though it is reluctant to spread into very dry soils, it is resistant to some drought. Typical diameter is about 1-2" wide. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Nuda
Cultivar: None Identified


Giant Gray Bamboo, Henon Bamboo, Bullet Proof Bamboo, Ghost Bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

May 10, 2010 | 8705 Views | 0 Comments

Giant Gray Bamboo, Henon Bamboo This is one of the most ideal bamboo available. It is drought tolerant and adapts to almost all planting sites. Some call it "bullet-proof" bamboo because of how tough it is. The canes emerge green and turn a beautiful gray. The distinctive looking culms are gray-blue or whitish green, rough to the touch with beautiful dense foliage of green leaves. Climate Zone 7 and above expect mature size canes to be over 60 feet in height. Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be over 40 feet in height. Many call this the 'Mother Form' of Nigra. Its moderately thick culm walls allow it to withstand our winter storms with very little breakage. Typical diameter is about 2-4 inches wide. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Nigra
Cultivar: Henon


Giant Upright Elephant Ear, Night-scented Lily (Alocasia Odora)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 27086 Views | 3 Comments

Alocasia Odora Alocasia Odora is an ornamental plant with big leaves and provides an instant "tropical look" to the yard. Striking foliage with large, deep green upright leaves provides for a dramatic effect in a container or the garden.

Odora can withstand very low temperatures, down to about 0°F (zone 7a). In colder climates you can “chop the top” and bring it indoors for the following spring. Alocasia Odora has big upright leaves that can be more than 3 ft (1 m) long. This is a gorgeous and easy to grow elephant ear! ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Alocasia
Species: Odora
Cultivar: None Identified


Pink Fruiting Banana (Musa Veluntina)

Categorized as: Banana

May 06, 2010 | 35890 Views | 1 Comments

Pink Fruiting Banana, Hairy Banana

Musa Veluntina is an ornamental banana with bright pink colored fruits. The plant is very attractive as a garden ornamental and its popularity is enhanced by its relative hardiness for a banana.

Musa Veluntina usually grow to 4-6ft high and 3-5ft wide. The leaves are quite large and can grow to 12-24". While not dwarf in form, this species generally remains quite small and can flower and fruit in just over a year from seed. The pink fruits are covered with thin hairs, hence its alternative common name, the Hairy Banana.

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Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: Veluntina
Cultivar: None Identified

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