Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草

Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草

Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant seed packet and seeds. (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草種子包及種子.

Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant seed packet and seeds. (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草種子包及種子.

Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant seeds germination in 2 weeks. (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草種子2週就發芽.

Telegraph Plant/Dancing Plant seeds germination in 2 weeks. (Desmodium gyrans) 跳舞草種子2週就發芽.

Finally a plant can be like a pet to interact with!  It is one of two plants move the most so far as known, the other one is sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica).  Easy to grow!   Telegraph plant is a very interesting plant, it is a pea family tropical shrub.  “The small lateral leaflets will rotate on their axis, moving in jerky motions under the slightest influence of touch, sunshine, warmth or small vibrations. At night they droop downwards. " — quote from: http://www.seedaholic.com/desmodium-gyrans-telegraph-plant.html    All this it can do to make it a “pet plant"!   I guess it is great house plant to have, look at it moves when you listen to music or enjoy the warm partial shade sunlight shines through windows…

Telegraph plant is best to be grown in partial shade, warm and moist location.  Mature size: 2′-4′(H) /(W).  USDA Zones:10-11. Pink pea flowers in late fall / early winter.  Propagate from seeds or cuttings.

豆科舞草屬的灌木,原生亞洲各國.  喜溫暖濕潤但排水良好的環境.  喜半日照或散光,容易栽種作為室內植物或戶外種植但冬天需防寒害. 秋冬開粉紅色豆科花朵.  以種子或扦插來繁殖. 成熟株高及寬幅2-4呎.  植株的小葉對於觸摸,光線,溫度或聲音有明顯的反應動作. 很適合給小朋友種植或當作"寵物植物"來養.

Reference links:  資料參考連結:

http://www.spain-info.co.uk/gardening/dance-plant.htm

http://www.seedaholic.com/desmodium-gyrans-telegraph-plant.html

https://austinbotany.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/codariocalyx-motorius-dancing-plant-telegraph-plant-formerly-desmodium-gyrans/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codariocalyx_motorius

This is the fun plant to have!  Watch it moves.  :)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta4I5Uwv9m0

Drumstick Tree (Moringa oleifera) 辣木

Drumstick Tree (Moringa oleifera) 辣木

Drumstick Tree seeds.(Moringa oleifera) 非洲辣木種子.

Drumstick Tree seeds.(Moringa oleifera) 非洲辣木種子.

Drumstick Tree seeds germination.  (Moringa oleifera) 非洲辣木種子發芽.

Drumstick Tree seeds germination. (Moringa oleifera) 非洲辣木種子發芽.

A good food source in hot and dry area.  Very easy to grow from seeds!  Leaves can be harvested and cook as spinach for food, highly nutritious!  Hardy and drought tolerant.  USDA Zones: 9-11.  Mature size:30′-40′(H) and (W).  Fast growing, some grower said 10′ a year.  Very productive edible tree!  You can get its edible seed pods in some supermarkets, too!   It also has been used in medicine, fuel and much more!

由於葉片所含的營養很高它的生長速度很快又容易種植於熱旱的地區,越來越多的國家已經投入研究及種植.  它不耐寒.  成熟株高30-40呎高及寬幅.  生長之快速每年可達10呎之高.  產量非常高的可食性植物!  超市有見到嫩種莢在蔬菜區販賣. 它還有藥用,燃料及其他的實用價值!

Reference links:  參考資料網站:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa_oleifera http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%BE%A3%E6%9C%A8

http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%BE%A3%E6%9C%A8%E7%A7%91

Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) 奇優果

Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) 奇優果

Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) seed potatoes. 奇優果的種子球.

Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) seed potatoes. 奇優果的種子球.

It is one of the root vegetables.  Usually grow from seed potatoes like these in the image.  Very low maintenance.  The produce potatoes like tubers, starchy after cooked.  Best to grow these in full sun to partial shade location.  USDA Zones:9-11.   Mature size: 1.5′-2′(H) X 6″-1′(W).  Suppose the small yellow flowers in late fall but not often set seeds — I guess because by then the weather gets too cold and too wet for pollination.

It will be a very interesting experiment this year for sure!  :)

中文叫做奇優果,它就是專門種來吃地下的根莖的酢醬草種類.  還不少品種,有的白,有的紅,有的粉紅,黃或紫黑… 它是低維護的根莖類蔬菜之一.  煮法跟馬鈴薯一樣.  含澱粉高,口味微酸.  種植以全日照或半日照環境最佳.  不耐寒.  成熟株高1.5-2呎高,6吋到1呎寬幅.   小黃花通常在秋末左右開,能結子但不容易結子–大概是天氣轉冷並潮濕影響結子的闗係.

收到種子球有點脫水,已經放到澆溼盆土的小盆中先養著好恢復.  這是今年的實驗之一,應該會很有意思.

More info see links below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_tuberosa

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/how-to-grow-oca-new-zealand-yam

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead flowers. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑的花.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead male flowers. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑的雄花.

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Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead male flower. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑的雄花.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead plants. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特植株.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead plants. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特植株.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead foliage. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑的葉.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead foliage. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑的葉.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead seed head. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑種莢.

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead seed head is growing after female flower is spent. (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑雌花謝了所結的種莢.

A perennial aquatic plant with pretty flowers!  Ruby-eyed center flowers looks very pretty!  Flower diameter is 2-3 cm.  Easy to grow in warm wet lands.  Long blooming time from June to September.  Mature size:2′-3′(H) x 1’+.   USDA Zones: 8-11.  I don’t know how common this variety is but it certainly caught my attention.  :)  In cold region will treat this as an annual.  Best grow this in full sun to partial shade location, do not dry out.  Propagate usually by rhizome or dividing the plant clumps. 澤瀉科的一種慈姑. 白花紅心,花徑2-3公分,不算小.  有清雅的美. 看起來蠻容易種的.  成熟株高2-3呎,寬1呎左右. 很耐熱但不耐寒. 花期很長,6-9月.  這品種我不知道是否常見,倒是被它的美花吸引了我的注意. 在冷的氣候區是當成一年生來養. 全日照到半日照,不可乾掉.  通常以塊根或分株來繁殖. Reference links: 參考網站連結如下: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittaria_montevidensis

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park. (Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park. (Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

Stunning Flowering Crabapple trees in the park.(Malus) 漫步海棠林

This seasonal beautiful scenes just make people go “wow"…

Enjoy!

漫步海棠林… 春樹賞花去!

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭

Pineapple Lily bulb pack.(Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭球根包.

Pineapple Lily bulb pack.(Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭球根包.

Pineapple Lily bulb.(Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭球根.

Pineapple Lily bulb.(Eucomis bicolor) 鳳梨百合/彩鳳蘭球根.

Bulbous perennial native in South Africa.  It has unusual flowers and the flowers do look like small pineapple.   Not cold tolerant.  USDA Zones:8-10. Best to grow it in full sun to partial shade location.  The information on the package said it is 1′ tall but I read some other info said 1′-2′ in height.  Not sure who is right…   We’ll see.  It is summer blooming plant.   Easy to grow.

Its bulb looks like some kind of Daffodil bulb.  Planting this could be nice change, since it is good for cut flower as well but I don’t think I will do that unless it multiply becomes many.  Propagation by seeds, off sets, corms/bulbs and rhizomes/tubers.

原生於南非的球根花卉.  有著像是小鳳梨似的簇生小花,有點不一樣. 不耐寒.  全日照到半日照溫暖的環境生長為佳.  種球包資料說僅高1呎. 可是查到的資料有說可到2呎的.  反正等開花就知道是多高了.  夏天開花,容易栽種.

它的球根有點像是某種水仙的球根.  種這個試看看應該不錯,做做實驗也好.  繁殖以種子,球根,塊根,側球或子球等方式.

Reference links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucomis_bicolor

http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene6896.html