Hardy Plantabase

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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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Giant Elephant Ear, Gigantea (Colocasia Gigantea)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 04, 2010 | 6733 Views | 3 Comments

Giant Elephant Ear, Gigantea Resembling an Alocasia, the 4ft tall grey stalk (petioles) of Colocasia Gigantea hold the large, grey-green leaves outright. When the plants mature, the tip of the leaf arches downward and each leaf develops bizarre appendages on the underside. This clone of Colocasia gigantea makes for a fast-multiplying clump - but without the long runners of many Colocasia esculenta forms. Likes high light, but will do reasonably well in 80% shade.
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Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Gigantea
Cultivar: None Identified


Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia )

Categorized as: Brugmansia

May 04, 2010 | 53281 Views | 1 Comments

Angel’s Trumpets Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae, native to subtropical regions of South America. They are known as Angel's Trumpets, sharing that name with the closely related genus Datura. There are literally dozens of hybrids available, with flower coming in shades of white, peach, pink, orange or yellow. The show-stopping hanging trumpet-shaped flowers of angel's trumpet make this a delight for any garden. It is tropical and grows best in gardens in Zone 8-11, but it can be used as a container plant and brought inside when cool. Angel's Trumpets can be grown as either a shrub or a tree. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Brugmansia
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: None Identified


Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum Hystrix)

Categorized as: Palm,Shrub,Tree

April 28, 2010 | 12312 Views | 0 Comments

Needle Palm The needle palm is generally considered to be the most cold-hardy palm available for the landscape. It is a slow-growing palm with a shrub-like form, and it usually does not form a large trunk. It is native to the coastal southeastern United States, from Mississippi to North and South Carolina. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Rhapidophyllum
Species: Hystrix
Cultivar: None Identified


Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm (Sabal Minor)

Categorized as: Palm,Shrub,Tree

April 28, 2010 | 24765 Views | 0 Comments

Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm Sabal minor, or the dwarf palmetto, is considered to be one of the hardiest palms available. It grows primarily in the southeastern United States, and its natural habitat extends west to Texas and Oklahoma. Over time, Sabal Minor form a clump about 5-6 feet in height. It grows from a single trunk, which most often grows underground. The presence of a short above-ground trunk may indicate that the plant is actually another palm, perhaps another closely-related species. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Sabal
Species: Minor
Cultivar: None Identified


Canna Lily (Canna )

Categorized as: Canna

April 28, 2010 | 27286 Views | 0 Comments

Canna Canna (or Canna lily, although not a true lily) is a genus of nineteen (19) species of flowering plants. Canna lilies have leaves that fall into the large to huge range and flowers that follow suit. Site these horticultural Titans wherever moderate size shrubs would do, but would simple be too tame. As warm climate foundation plantings, along property lines lieu of fences and at the edges of ponds, reflected in the bright waters. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Cannaceae
Genus: Canna
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: None Identified


Banana Canna (Canna )

Categorized as: Canna

April 28, 2010 | 8167 Views | 0 Comments

Banana Canna If you are into the tropical look, don't miss growing the large and tall banana canna. The 12-14' tall stalks are home to extremely large, banana-like leaves, each green with a purple-red border. While Canna 'Musafolia' rarely flowers, the flowers produced are small, red, and really pale in size compared to the foliage. This is a great canna if you're looking to make a statement in the garden. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Cannaceae
Genus: Canna
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Musifolia


Yunnan Banana (Musa Itinerans)

Categorized as: Banana

April 27, 2010 | 7345 Views | 0 Comments

Musa itinerans Musa itinerans is a semi-hardy banana variety coming from high altitudes in China‘s Yunnan province. Must be well protected in winter to survive. ... view full plantabase file »

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


Darjeeling Banana (Musa Sikkimensis)

Categorized as: Banana

April 27, 2010 | 12266 Views | 4 Comments

Musa sikkimensis Musa sikkimensis is a hardy banana that makes an excellent addition to the subtropical border of your garden. It forms a strong and vigorously growing foliage plant with large oval leaves that have burgundy markings. It is tolerant of most growing conditions, although it will produce the best display if planted in well draining, but moist, soil. It tolerates windy conditions and can be grown in the cool greenhouse or sheltered border. Plants can be raised from seed sown in spring, although they can be slow to germinate. ... view full plantabase file »

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


Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum)

Categorized as: Shrub,Tree

April 26, 2010 | 7481 Views | 0 Comments

Japanese Maple Maple trees include a broad spectrum of types, sizes, shapes and foliage. They are evergreen or deciduous, shrubby or lofty, with deeply lobed or finely cut leaves. All types have two-winged seeds that look like wing nuts from the hardware store. Grown over most of the United States. Only excessive heat, dryness or winter cold prevents them from thriving. The large trees provide dense shade, and their roots take water and nutrients from other plants, so do not plant close to them. Water deeply so roots grow down. Insufficient watering will cause leaf scorch. Red, purple, variegated or fancy-leaved varieties need partial shade for best color. Prune in fall. Easy to transplant. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Aceraceae
Genus: Acer
Species: Palmatum
Cultivar: None Identified


Shampoo Ginger, Pinecone Ginger (Zingiber Zerumbet)

Categorized as: Flower,Ginger

April 26, 2010 | 13411 Views | 0 Comments

Shampoo Ginger Shampoo Ginger, often called Pinecone Ginger, is used to make various nature shampoos. Its common name in Hawaii is "Awapuhi." It produces a large green cone bract in mid summer, after blooming its bract begins turning scarlet red working its way up the cone and last for weeks. The bract resembles a pine cone which releases a thick sudsy juice when squeezed with a very gingerly scent (shampoo), and can also be used as an unusual cut flower for arrangements. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber
Species: Zerumbet
Cultivar: None Identified

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