The pale to vibrant bluish purple flowers emerge in a cluster from the center of the plant. The fruit, orange to red berries, resembling tomatoes, ripen by late summer. The fruit is highly fragrant, one ripe fruit placed in the middle of the room will perfume the whole room with a pineapple like scent.
It requires good drainage for best growth and is not too picky about soil types.
This plant gets dormant in the summer times. Every autumn the root grows a new rosette of leaves. The leaves grow fast and in only a month they are fully developed. Zone 5-8.
It's one of the oldest and most famous plant in witchcraft, rituals and medicinal use. It's also mentioned in several references in the bible. According to the legend, a dog had to pull up the man-like roots as their scream reputedly killed all who heard it! Today the plant is best known from the movie "Harry Potter".
This plant belongs to the nightshades family (Solanaceae) and all parts are poison.
Rare Seeds found here: Mandragora officinarum Seeds
Other Names: Atropa mandragora, Mandrake, Devil's Apple, Dudaim, Love Apple, Harry Potter Root, Harry Potter Plant
The most sought after Calceolaria. Native to the
Falkland Islands, Calceolaria fothergillii is a hardy little plant,
forming a rosette of tiny, spoon-shaped, pale-green hairy leaves. From
this rosette a single stem bears a lady’s slipper flower in yellow with
red or violet spots and a white bar across the ‘toes’. Wonderful choice
rarity for rock garden and containers.
For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in a cool spot in
partial shade. Never allow the soil to dry out and deadhead plants
regularly. Likes a moist but well-drained acidic soil mix Perennial,
zones 5-9. Counterfeit seeds are already on the market. Beware of
"bargains" from China.
Note this is not Calceolaria Uniflora, which is shorter.
Also called Slipperwort, Darwin' slipper flower, Chamber Maids,
Darwin's Slipper. Syn: Fagelia fothergillii, Fagelia bellidifolia,
Calceolaria bellidifolia, Calceolaria cavanillesii, Calceolaria neeana
Seeds are available here: Calceolaria fothergillii
Very unusual, rare and exotic looking prehistoric specimen Tree.
The Monkey Puzzle Tree is an exotic South American evergreen tree that will grow from the warmest parts of zone 6 to zone 10. It will grow in any soil that is well-drained and typically grows to around 50 feet tall in gardens, although in the wild it can reach 130 feet. This tree grows in a symmetrical conical shape with a strong central trunk and the leathery leaves clasp the stems and persist for many years. The leaves have a sharp point and the way they are wrapped around the stems is almost like a strange kind of snake. The symmetrical shape and dense growth makes this an unusual and attractive tree for larger properties and it is always a conversation piece.
It's real, however real seeds are hard to get to.
Called a green birdflower or regal birdflower, this stunning plant belongs to the legume family (chickpeas and alfalfa). Scientifically known as Crotalaria cunninghamii, named after the 19th century botanist Allan Cunningham, the small green shrub is native to Northern Australia. According to the Australian Native Plants Society, aboriginal people often used the plant's sap to treat eye infections.
Looking directly at the entire plant, it’s as if a dozen green hummingbirds gathered together to enjoy a feast of flower nectar—beautifully suspended in mid-air. And when holding one of these flowers in your hands, it's easy to think it's the real thing.
This hummingbird-shaped flowers originate from Australia and plant lovers can not easily purchase seeds. While some seeds appear to be available in the US on a_mazon and a few other market places, one must be very careful to find a reputable source. Most seeds are offered from China are actually Crotalaria spectabilis seeds according to several of my plant collector friends, which is a yellow invasive rattlebox, toxic to some wild life, and the seeds look similar to Crotalaria cunninghamii. Be aware of this.
Below are a few reputable sources listed:
The Star Creeper Lobelia nummularia is a herbaceous
perennial ground-cover, native to Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Demure, white to pale purple flowers with pointed lips bloom in June and July on this small trailing herb. Large, purple-red berries follow that stand up curiously and ornamental on delicate vines. Small, toothed, and rounded light green leaves line the trailing branches and cascade if given a chance. Growing 3-4" tall in light shade and moist conditions.
The relatively large purple fruits are very ornamental and fruits and young shoots were wild collected, eaten cooked by local people. Has medicinal properties. Hardy to 15F. Rare, unusual, different.
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Telopea is from the Greek telepos meaning "seen from afar". It is a spectacular slender, erect shrub, to 6' tall and about 3' across. It has stiff, wedge-shaped and usually coarsely toothed, dark green, leathery leaves to 6" long.
The large, bright crimson flower heads consist of many small flowers densely packed into conical or peaked dome-shaped heads to 6" across, and surrounded by a collar of large red, smooth bracts. The ‘flower’ is in fact a conflorescence that comprises, depending on the species, as many as 240 individual flowers.
It flowers during spring, October to November. Makes an excellent long lasting cut flower. Hardy to 25 F. Needs well drained soil.
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Fagraea ceilanica, the perfume flower bush, is
classified under the Loganiaceae family. This evergreen plant can be
pruned back to maintain it as a manageable small shrub but if it is left
alone, it can grow into a small tree with a height of about 10ft. When
not in flower, the perfume flower tree still makes a very attractive
shrub because it has very attractive foliage.
The perfume flower tree is said to be a plant that can be grown in large containers. It has average water needs and hence its roots should be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Like most other flowering shrubs, to ensure that a perfume flower plant grows healthily and blooms, each specimen should be grown in an area with at least filtered sunshine (semi-shade), although it can tolerate full, direct sunshine outdoors. Sought after by collectors.
- Seeds found here: Seeds for Sale
- A couple of plant places
This is NOT to be confused with the aquatic invasive European water chestnut (Trapa natans)!
Asian water chestnuts (Eleocharis dulcis) and European water chestnuts (Trapa natans) are two unrelated water plants that carry the same name.
The Asian water chestnut resembles a small muddy tulip bulb and is sweet and crunchy; the European water chestnut resembles a tiny horned bull’s head and is quite starchy.
Americans are most familiar with the Chinese water chestnut. Chinese water chestnuts grow underwater in mud, have brown or black scale-like leaves, and are round, though somewhat flattened. They are the roots of an aquatic plant that grows in freshwater ponds, marshes, lakes, and slow-moving rivers and streams in Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Australia. They are difficult to harvest, explaining their generally high price. Chinese water chestnuts have mildly sweet, crisp, white flesh and are excellent raw on skewers with dip/
Garrya elliptica (Coast silk-tassel) is an
evergreen shrub native to the coastal ranges of California and southern
Oregon, south to Los Angeles County. It reaches a height of 7–15 ft.
Garrya elliptica is appealing as an ornamental plant with a neat growing habit. It is low-maintenance plant that thrives in a range of locations, but is typically seen growing against a wall, or as a windbreak in coastal areas.
It is very much sought after for its wavy, leathery leaves and luxuriant growth, and of course the pretty dangling whitish catkins. Produces purple berries, small (0.25 - 0.50 inches). Full sun to partial shade, zones 8 - 10.
This is a rare shrub with a long winded germination process; start seeds in late summer or fall.
Other Names: silk-tassel bush, wavyleaf silktassel, rare shrub, rare seeds, rare ornamental.
Richea dracophylla is a tall, erect shrub 4-12
feet high but often smaller. The leaf bases sheath the stem and the
leaves are arranged spirally up the stem. The leaves are about 1 foot
long and taper to a sharp, red point.
Dense flowering spikes appear at the end of the few branches. The petals of the small flowers form a pointed cap which falls off when the flower opens
and a mature flower spike appears bristly due to the prominent stamens and lack of petals. Flowering is early to late summer. Very unusual, protect from high winds. Zone 7+.
Other Names: Pineapple Heath, Dragon Heath, Cystanthe dracophylla, Dragon Leaf
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Pimenta De Bico, also known as "Little Beak" or Chupetinha peppers, are mildly hot, small, round and a brilliant scarlet-red with a small beak-shaped protuberance hanging from the end.
The highly productive plant makes a beautiful ornamental plant, and many of these plants grace Brazilian gardens and yards.
Works well for Chili Pepper Bonsai ( Bonchi )
The incredible rich flavor of these small chilies are perfect served as a "red Hersheys kiss"garnish or as an appetizer with cheese, drink decoration or can be used to make chutney and perk up almost any soup, stew or braised dish.
Other Names: Biquinho, Chupetinha, Little Beak, Rubber Nipple, Peruvian Sweety Drop pepper, Teardrop pepper, Pimenta de Bico ou Biquinho, Biquinho Iracema, Brazilian pimenta, Biquinho Iracema
Wow. The stunning and rare blue climbing nasturtium has thin twining stems
which produce many dazzling cobalt blue flowers from the leaf axils of
delicate, attractively-lobed leaves.
One of the fabulous perennial plants of dry places in Chile, it dies down to deep resting tubers in winter when it must be kept as dry and protected as possible. Quickly develops a taproot/tuber.
Perennial, USDA zone 9-11. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells. Requires well-drained slightly humid soil, neutral pH, high luminosity and full sun.
Other Names: Soldadillo azul, Pajarito azul
Seed Source: Blue Nasturtium Seeds
shoots appearing usually around October. The shoots twine around any support and grow to a height of around 3 Ft.
As the leaves open they are a lovely fresh green and very fragile looking, unlike the common nasturtium.
It is however the flowers that are the main interest of the plant. As the specific name implies,
they have three colors being red and blackish violet with a yellow lip, a combination that sounds like a
miss-match but on these dainty flowers is very appealing.
The long-lasting flowers appear in generous profusion and always make me think of a school of tropical fish.
After flowering the plant then goes dormant for the summer. USDA Hardiness Zone 8.
The plant tolerates low temperatures 18F and can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year. Excellent in a container.
Abutilon vitifolium is a large, handsome ornamental flowering plant from the mallow family. Native to Chile is was first introduced to western garden in 1836. It is an evergreen species and can almost be considered hardy in the cooler temperate climates of northern Europe. However if extended periods of cold are experienced then Abutilon vitifolium is known to drop its leaves. When grown under favorable conditions you can expect it to reach an overall height of almost up to 9 foot.
Stalked, axillary clusters of blooms are produced from May until October, can vary in color from pale to deep mauve. The saucer-shaped flowers open flat when mature and measure approximately 2 - 3 1/2 inches. They produce an abundance of fertile seed, and this normally produce seedlings true to parent forms.
Seeds found here
This beautiful and rare and perennial gem from South America is a relative of the Angel Trumpets (Brugmansia) with smaller leaves and more refined flowers. Lower-growing than other Iochromas, it forms a bushy, spreading plant that is often covered in clusters of fiery red, long tubular flowers that flare 5/6" wide at the tips. Iochroma fuchsioides is absolutely dazzling and breathtaking in full bloom! Hardy from zone 8 onwards. 4 feet tall and wide. Full sun to part shade. Average garden soil. Moderate water needs. Lovely!
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Perennial in zones 7-11. Performs best in full sun with a light, sandy soil that is fertile but well-drained. Spread can be difficult to control in ideal soil as plants spread by underground rhizomes
Romneya’s natural habitat is quite diverse and plants will adapt to a wide range of conditions. Plants resent transplanting and therefore careful consideration should be given when choosing a permanent location. Plants require weekly watering while getting established, but are highly drought tolerant after their second year of growth. Cut back hard in fall to encourage uniformity and keep plants tidy. Blooms are attractive to honey bees and other pollinators. Idea for use as a specimen planting, low privacy screening or for the back of mixed beds and borders.
Smoke treatments are beneficial in promoting germination. -In their natural habitat these seeds only germinate after bush fires due to heat and the toxins in the smoke attacking and helping to break down the protective seed coat. A good seed supplier will provide smoke primer or you can smoke the seeds yourself.
Seeds are available here: Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri