The Imperial Bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis)

Alcantarea imperialis is endemic to Brazil and is one of the largest terrestrial bromeliads. Its leaf color is very variable, ranging from all green to deep purple and various combinations in between.  You may recognize this bromeliad as Vriesea imperialis, … Continue reading

Queen’s Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa) and Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Queen’s Crape Myrtle is a deciduous subtropical tree, USDA hardiness zone 10B-11, closely related to the more cold tolerant Lagerstroemia indica.  However, Queen’s Crape Myrtle has a single trunk,  much larger crown spread, larger leaves, and larger flowers varying in color from pink to … Continue reading

Bougainvillea ‘Pixie’

The mere mention of the word Bougainvillea conjures up nasty thorns before beautiful flowers.  Many people love the flowers, but not the headache of trying to prune this vine without getting torn up by its vicious thorns.  Now there is … Continue reading