Brazilian Red Cloak Stars in the Winter Landscape

Brazilian Red Cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys) was included in a June 2015 article on this website about hedge material, but it merits special attention now that it is blooming spectacularly. This single-species genus is a New World native that occurs in … Continue reading

Looking for Passion?, Part II

This week we conclude with the Passion Flower species which Richard Lyons’ Nursery recommends for our area. Many of these plants are available at the nursery. Passiflora incarnata (Maypop Passion Vine) is among the hardiest of the Passion Vines. The Cherokee word … Continue reading

Looking for Passion?, Part I

To say that the collection of Passion Flower species is large and widespread is an understatement. Comprising some 500 species, the genus Passiflora is found growing natively in Old and New World Tropics, excepting Africa, and in temperate locales as … Continue reading

Something to Brighten Up Your Landscape

You’ll probably agree that one of our favorite tropical fruits is ananas. No, we didn’t leave the ‘b’ off bananas. What most of the world calls ananas (usually pronounced ananás) is what English-speakers call pineapple. ‘Ananas’ came from the word … Continue reading