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Farfugium Japonicum or Leopard Plant

Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum  is the name, but sometimes you see these plants called Ligularia or leopard plant. Growing in zones 6-10, Farfugiums grows on thick stalks about a foot and a half to two feet tall. Our’s started off at about a foot tall and has since grown to the promised two feet or […]

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Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most common orchids.  You find them in larger grocery stores, big discount stores and the big box home improvement stores.  Fully blooming plants can bring fairly steep price tags of twenty to thirty dollars or more. Five or six months ago, I accidentally found a way to get some […]

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Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus – Rainbow Cactus

Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus. Huh? I know…that’s a mouthful. We went to a Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society’s sale last summer and brought home a couple of trays of those little 2″ pots, full of unusual cacti and succulents. One of those finds was this green and raspberry colored cactus. The plants were potted up […]

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Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)

We bought a Pitcher Plant at one of the local tropical plant sales and it has been hanging under one of our ligustrum trees for well over a year. I won’t speak for other’s plants, but our one and only insect eating plant is not very needy. When dry, it gets misted from our overhead […]

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15th Annual Cactus and Succulent Show

The Central Florida Cactus & Succulent Society is having their 15th Annual Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens this Saturday, September 4th, between 9am and 4pm. We have attended a few of the show/sales that are hosted by the USFBG and they always have a unique collection […]

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Carrion Plant (Stapelia Gigantea)

Also known as the Toad plant and the Starfish plant, this succulent from South Africa puts on an impressive show. Large buds emerge from the base of the plant and open up to a flower that is seven to ten inches in diameter. The name for this plant is a result of the “disgusting smell”, […]

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Incorporating Bamboo Into Your Landscaping

I came across this article about bamboo. And since I am a big fan of these fascinating plants, I wanted to share this with the hope that more people will learn to enjoy them too. Incorporating Bamboo Into Your Landscaping By: Rene Thompson Bamboo is a ubiquitous tropical plant with thousands of uses, ranging from the building […]

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USF Botanical Gardens Spring Festival

We went to the 2010 Spring Plant Festival today. It’s a two day annual event at the USF Botanical Gardens. It was a wonderfully warm day for the outdoor festival. With over 50 vendors on the list, there were plenty of plants to examine. Now, these were not the kind of plants that you run […]