Clematis smilacifolia (Tropical Clematis)

The genus name is from the Ancient Greek meaning ‘A climbing plant’.  Most of the species of this genus are found throughout the temperate regions of the world.  One exception is Clematis smilacifolia.  This Clematis is native to India and … Continue reading

Portlandia and Other Rubiaceae Relatives

Portlandia grandiflora (Tree Lily or Bell Flower) has fragrant flowers like its relative, the Gardenia.  It is a small tree or shrub from the Caribbean attaining a height of 6-8 feet.  It grows best in filtered light and does very … Continue reading

Aristolochia (Dutchman’s Pipe or Pipe Vines)

Aristolochia, is a genus of woody vines commonly called, Dutchman’s Pipe or Pipe Vines.  This is due to the shape of the flower resembling a pipe in many species.  It is also called Calico Flower, because the pattern on the flower … Continue reading