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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Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

April 26, 2010 | 32013 Views | 1 Comments

Black Bamboo Phyllostachys Nigra Phyllostachys nigra, a native of China, is one of the most popular choices of ornamental bamboo in both the United States and Asia. The culms start out green in color, eventually becoming completely black - making for a great backdrop to all that green foliage in the garden. Plants look good growing with shrubs, particularly evergreens in a large border or foliage garden, but can also be grown as a single clump in a lawn. The dark culms contrast with the light green leaves, making this species especially eye catching in the garden. The canes typically reach a width of about 2" when mature. ... view full plantabase file »

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


Beehive Ginger (Zingiber Spectabile)

Categorized as: Flower,Ginger

April 26, 2010 | 17119 Views | 0 Comments

Beehive Ginger Beehive Ginger is a medium to tall species that has a large yellow and red inflorescence of a beehive shape. It is used frequently in the cut flower industry and has a very long lasting inflorescence. Inflorescence are borne on short stalks coming from the ground rather than on top of its foliage. ... view full plantabase file »

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


Persian Palm, Portadora, Portora Elephant Ear (Alocasia )

Categorized as: Elephant Ear

April 26, 2010 | 19926 Views | 0 Comments

Portora Elephant Ear Portora is truly a spectacular upright elephant ear. It is a large, stunning specimen with broad, wavy, scalloped leaves and purple stalks that will grow up to 10 feet tall. You can grow this plant in full to part sun. This is truly an architectural specimen plant for any garden. ... view full plantabase file »

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


Taro, "Black Magic" Elephant Ear (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

April 26, 2010 | 13365 Views | 0 Comments

Black Magic Elephant Ear The enormous elongated heart-shaped leaves of Elephant's Ears make them useful accents in beddings (where space permits), large containers and water gardens. Seldom-seen flowers resemble trumpet-like Callas. Also known as Taro, its tuberous roots are eaten as food in many tropical areas. Heat- and water-loving, it can be grown outdoors year-round in frost-free climates. Elsewhere, lift and store tubers in the fall. Best in climates with hot and humid summers. Divide in spring. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Black Magic


Yellow Flag (Iris Pseudacorus)

Categorized as: Flower

April 26, 2010 | 5301 Views | 2 Comments

Yellow Flag One of the most spectacular of all Irises, their 5- to 9-inch-wide flowers bloom in purple, pink, white and blue, often marked with a contrasting color. The 2- to 3-foot-tall stems each produce 3 to 15 single, double or peony-like flowers in early to mid-summer. Will not tolerate hot, dry climates. Thrive with lots of moisture and rich, organic soil. Ideal in groups near ponds or in pots submerged in water. Plant divisions in spring. Feed heavily with high nitrogen during growing season for maximum-sized blooms. Divide and replant every 3 to 4 years. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Iris
Species: Pseudacorus
Cultivar: None Identified


Hosta (Hosta Plantaginea)

Categorized as: Groundcovers

April 25, 2010 | 13445 Views | 0 Comments

Hosta These are the most dramatic and versatile of all foliage herb perennials. Their leaves are green to yellow to blue-green in color and range from finger-length to large frisbee in size. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Hosta
Species: Plantaginea
Cultivar: None Identified


Fishpole Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, Yellow Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)

Categorized as: Bamboo,Ornamental Grass

April 25, 2010 | 19263 Views | 0 Comments

Fishpole Bamboo Fishpole bamboo is one of the most common bamboos in the United States. Growing rigidly upright, this bamboo is one of the best for hedges and for planting next to driveways and walkways. It often has a series of distorted internodes at the base of the cane, sometimes called "Tortoise Shell" internodes, that are quite ornamental and make this plant useful for craft work. Culm color of the species type is green. Like other Phyllostachys, when exposed to strong direct sunlight, the canes will fade to yellow with age. Phyllostachys aurea can be an aggressive spreader in hot climates, where care must be used in its placement. Typical diameter is about 1.25 inches. ... view full plantabase file »

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


White Bird of Paradise, Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)

Categorized as: Flower,Shrub,Tree

April 25, 2010 | 70112 Views | 1 Comments

White Bird of Paradise A crown of banana-like leaves atop a palm tree trunk, combined with huge, uniquely beautiful flowers, is deserving of the name, "Bird of Paradise tree." Related to the bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia regina ), this close cousin is a much larger plant forming huge clumps of stems to 30 feet in comparison to S. regina's 3 to 4 feet height.

The 6 - 8' leaves are grey-green and arranged in fans atop the trunks. Plants form clumps of several variably-sized trunks that may grow to 18' in width under optimal conditions. The inflorescence are composed of a dark blue bract, white sepals and bluish-purple "tongue". The entire "bird" can be as large as 7" high by 18" long and is typically held just above the point where the leaf fan emerges from the trunk. Flowers are followed by triangular seed capsules.

The foliage on this plant will typically die back in areas with a hard frost, though the plant itself can be kept alive as far as zone 8a with a good mulch. With additional protection, you may be able to grow it in the ground even further north. Any time it dies back to the ground however, the plant basically has to restart its growth - so flowering is very unlikely this way. Only mature plants typically flower, so you must pot the plant up if you live above zone 9-10. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia
Species: Nicolai
Cultivar: None Identified


Hardy Sugar Cane, Purple Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum)

Categorized as: Ornamental Grass

April 25, 2010 | 10930 Views | 1 Comments

Hardy Sugar Cane Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass native to China. It has been cultivated in India and China for more than 3,000 years. Grow it in full sun to partial shade in the ground or in large containers. Mulch well and water regularly. Overall plant height can be several feet tall with 3 foot strap like leaves on canes up to 2 inches in diameter. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Saccharum
Species: Officinarum
Cultivar: None Identified


Colocasia Jack's Giant (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 25, 2010 | 17025 Views | 0 Comments

Jack’s Giant An incredible Elephant Ear that reaches enormous sizes. Colocasia Jacks Giant is believed to be a tetriploid form of a common Colocasia esculenta which means a much larger grower with huge thick leaves. It also produces runners and is much more vigorous than most forms. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Jack's Giant

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