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More about Hibiscus

Hibiscus, or rosemallow, is a large genus of about 200–220 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, and woody shrubs and small trees. How do you know whether you have a tropical Hibiscus ? […]

Morning glory tree / casahuate / Ipomoea arborescens (plant)

As the name suggests, the blooms fade as the sun warms them, just like morning glories – but they are impressive while they last, blooming in large clusters at the ends of the tall branches! The tree morning glory is native from the state of Sonora in northwestern Mexico. It is deciduous and leaf back […]

Shoo Fly plant / Apple of Peru

An annual Peruvian plant (Nicandra physalodes), grown as an ornamental for its pale violet-blue, bell-shaped flowers and its fruits enclosed in papery inflated calyxes. This is a plant with large, jaggedly lobed, bright green leaves. The flowerbuds are extraordinary, like purple-black lampshades. The flowers are rounded light blue or purple bells and simple in their […]

Details about Cyclamen

Cyclamen are a genus of plants containing 20 species, which are part of the family of Primulaceae, the Primrose family. In the wild, their distribution is centred on the mediterranean, being natives of parts of Europe, western Asia and parts of North Africa. They are tuberous plants and have no obvious affinity with Primroses, although […]