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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Golden Euonymus (Euonymus Fortunei)

Categorized as: Shrub

April 25, 2010 | 43429 Views | 0 Comments

Golden Euonymus In temperate climates, these deciduous or evergreen shrubs, small trees, ground covers or evergreen climbing vines are valued for their foliage and form. Use larger types as landscape plants, and prune to shape and control growth. Fruits are colorful, with pink, red, orange or yellow hulls. Their orange seeds attract birds. Flowers are inconspicuous. All grow in most soils. Some evergreens tolerate city and coastal conditions and are hardy in cold and hot climates. Water moderately until established. Prune to shape at any time. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Fortunei
Cultivar: Aureo-marginata


Butterfly Ginger, White Ginger, Garland Lily (Hedychium Coronarium)

Categorized as: Flower,Ginger

April 25, 2010 | 19747 Views | 3 Comments

Butterly Ginger White butterfly ginger lily, or simply white ginger, is a tropical perennial and a cousin of culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale). It's green stalks grow from thick rhizomes to a height of 3-7 ft. Leaves are lance-shaped and sharp-pointed, arranged in 2 neat ranks that run the length of the stem. From midsummer through autumn the stalks are topped with 6-12 inch long clusters of incredibly fragrant white flowers that look like butterflies. The flowers eventually give way to showy seed pods chock full of bright red seeds. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium
Species: Coronarium
Cultivar: None Identified


Gran Nain Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

April 25, 2010 | 9654 Views | 1 Comments

Gran Nain Banana The Gran Nain banana plant is a fast growing banana plant that gets 6 to 8 feet tall and solid green in color. There is some red variegation in juvenile plants but that disappears as the banana plant matures. This banana is prized for both its foliage and its large fruit (up to 1ft in length). Ideal for the patio or near swimming pools. It is also a widely grown commercial crop, and if you buy Chiquita bananas, odds are, this is the variety of banana you are purchasing. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Gran Nain


Curcuma Elata Ginger (Curcuma Elata)

Categorized as: Flower,Ginger

April 25, 2010 | 19505 Views | 0 Comments

Curcuma elata Curcuma Elata, also know as the 'Giant Plume' Ginger, is one of the first gingers to bloom in spring. Large pink inflorescence is produced before leaves appear. Plants can become quite large; it grows well in medium to full sun. Elata will go dormant in November in cooler climates but returns in April or May. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma
Species: Elata
Cultivar: None Identified


Fatsia, Paperplant, Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica)

Categorized as: Shrub

April 25, 2010 | 23482 Views | 0 Comments

Fatsia Fatsia has huge, up to 12 in wide leaves that are deeply lobed and slightly serrated. Petioles, or leaf stems, are quite long, and hold the leaves up and out with the plant growing to heights of about 8 ft and about half as wide. The upright stems are covered with prominent leaf scars and mostly un-branched. The weight of the leaves tends to make the plant list to one side or another. Flowering season is fall, but plants must be mature to bloom. Flowers are white, held on a white stalk in small terminal clusters and followed by small, fleshy black fruit. Neither adds much to landscape appearance, and may be almost overlooked. This plant is mainly grown for its outstandingly attractive foliage. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Fatsia
Species: Japonica
Cultivar: None Identified


Chinese Fan Palm, Fountain Palm (Livistona Chinensis)

Categorized as: Palm,Tree

April 25, 2010 | 19623 Views | 0 Comments

Chinese Fan Palm Chinese Fan Palms make slow-growing, but striking landscape specimens. The Chinese Fan Palm is tolerant of poor soils, but does the best when regularly fertilized. In zone 8 it will likely die back to the ground due to the freezes and frosts, but will re-emerge in the spring. It may be possible to grow this plant in zone 7 as well, with a good mulch. It can grow in nearly full shade, but will stretch if grown under these conditions. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Livistona
Species: Chinensis
Cultivar: None Identified


Elephant Ear, Taro, Dasheen, Eddo (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 25, 2010 | 10351 Views | 0 Comments

Eddo-Elephant Ear (Colocasia Esculenta) The huge-leaved taro is a striking feature in the landscape, but not for the timid or refined garden. Taro makes a bold statement next to a water garden or along a small stream. It can also be grown in the vegetable garden if supplied with plenty of water. Even though it seldom produces viable seeds, taro will spread and if not contained it can become a serious pest weed in wetlands. There are more than 200 cultivars of taro, selected for their edible corms or cormels, or their tropical looking ornamental foliage. These fall into two main groups: Wetland taros, the source of the Polynesian food poi, and upland taros, called "dasheens," which produce numerous eddos that are used much like potatoes, as well as a large edible mammy. Most of what you see in the garden are the later (as seen in the photos). ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: None Identified


Star Anise Tree, Japanese Anise Tree (Illicium Anisatum)

Categorized as: Shrub,Tree

April 25, 2010 | 17952 Views | 0 Comments

Japanese Anise Tree The Japanese Anise Tree is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15 feet high. It is dense, somewhat pyramidal in growth habit, more formal in appearance than other species. Flowers are unscented, greenish-yellow, 1 inch wide, up to 30 petals, blooming early to mid spring. Fruit is 1 inch across, star-shaped. It's native to both China and Japan. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium
Species: Anisatum
Cultivar: None Identified


Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus Fortunei )

Categorized as: Palm,Tree

April 24, 2010 | 59653 Views | 0 Comments

Windmill Palm The erect, single trunk of Windmill Palm is covered with dense, brown, hairlike fibers, and the three-foot-wide, fan-shaped fronds extend from 1.5-foot-long, rough-edged petioles. If one didn't know better, you might think the truck was wrapped in burlap. Windmill Palms are a very slow-growing palm that can reach up to 40 feet in height; though is often seen much smaller at 10 to 20 feet tall. It does well in confined areas and is hardy to 10-degrees F. or lower. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Trachycarpus
Species: Fortunei
Cultivar: None Identified


False Banana, Red Abyssinian Banana, Ensete (Ensete Ventricosum)

Categorized as: Banana

April 24, 2010 | 11471 Views | 0 Comments

False Banana, Red Abyssinian Banana Abyssinian banana is in the banana family and it looks a lot like a banana (Musa), but it is not a banana and it does not produce any edible fruit. The plant is an herbaceous perennial with huge leaves shaped like giant boat paddles. The leaves can be 20 ft long and 3-5 ft wide. Huge might be an understatement. The leaves are bright olive-green and the midribs on the undersides are maroon. The leaves emerge from the center of the plant on a short trunk-like pseudo-stem, so that the plant's overall height is usually little more than the length of a single leaf. Fruits look like little dry bananas but are not good to eat. The cultivar 'Maurelii' has reddish leaves and red leaf stalks while the cultivar 'Montbeliardii' is tall and slender with narrow leaves and black midribs. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Ensete
Species: Ventricosum
Cultivar: None Identified

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