Shrub tree to 15′ tall
full to part sun
tolerates bad soil
flowers white, violet
Low water requirements, drought tolerant
Protect from freezing, will sometimes return from roots in sping — loves heat
Propagate from leaf or soft stem cuttings
Berries toxic to mammals
Native Mexico, South and Central America
Birds love the berries
I just planted this, more info to follow as I see how it does
It thrived through the summer heat, we did get regular rain this past summer. It receives afternoon shade and has done well despite the lack of rain this fall. Most weeks it gets a good soaking. It handled the weeks I missed better than most of the other plants. Growth is steady.
There are many varieties of Ruellia, I have some that tops out at about 6″ tall, this one is about 4′
Native to Brazil, Chile
Blooms late spring through fall
Drought tolerant, prefers moist, well drained soil
Loves the heat, may be damaged in cold winters. Just remove damaged parts in spring
Propagate by division or seed
Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent caterpillar food
It’s brand new, more information as I have some time to watch it
It loves sun, it gets most unhappy with even a little shade.
Evergreen shrub ~ 3′ tall
Well drained soil, drought tolerant
Protect from freezing
Morning sun, afternoon shade
Prune heavily in fall to promote bushy growth
Propagate by cuttings
Native to Mexico
I’ve grown other varieties of shrimp plants. They are pretty easy to grow if you keep them warm in the winter and in an area protected from afternoon sun. A heavy pruning once the weather cools down (Nov or so) will keep it looking good
This plant caught my eye along a pathway through the woods. I’d swear I’d never seen it before but now that I’ve ID it I seem to keep finding it. Every one I’ve found has been along a pathway at the edge of a heavily wooded area.
Its leaves are the largest of any maple, fitting its large size when grown in the right climate
It can grow over 150′, usually tops out at about 20′, spreading wider than its height. Not suitable for home gardens because of its size and water demands.
Native to wet areas along the western coast and mountains of the US. Doesn’t handle frosts well or droughts