Light Bulb Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum smithianum) 玉蝶花

Light Bulb Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum smithianum) 玉蝶花

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Light Bulb Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum smithianum) is easy to propagate by cuttings. 玉蝶花容易以枝條扦插來繁殖.

This tropical small to medium size flowering shrub/tree is really lovely!  Flower clusters downwards like flower waterfalls.  Flower buds look like light bulb, hence the name!  White jade like color, shape like butterfly.  Very pretty in elegant way!  :)  Flowers bloom from late fall to late spring.  Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in partial shade to full shade location.  USDA Zones:9-11.  Mature size:4′-12′(H) X 2′-4′(W).  Propagate usually by cuttings.  Suitable for containers or in small garden.

這種熱帶中小型灌木/小樹真的樹型花型都美!  花串很長由上而下垂墜下來,花朵精緻,花朵含苞時猶如迷你燈泡故名. 花朵開放時花形如白玉色生動的蝶形花,優美典雅! :)  花從秋末開到春末,花期蠻長的.  花頗吸引蜂蝶與鳥類.  容易栽種. 最好栽種在半日照到全蔭處. 喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高4-12呎,寬幅2-4呎.   通常以枝條扦插方式來繁殖.  適合盆植或小型花園的景觀樹.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://i-hua.blogspot.ca/2010/01/170_10.html                                       https://wordpress.com/post/myfoodandflowers.wordpress.com/20203

Southern Star (Oxypetalum caeruleum) 彩冠花/琉璃唐棉

Southern Star (Oxypetalum caeruleum) 彩冠花/琉璃唐棉

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Southern Star (Oxypetalum caeruleum) seeds. 彩冠花/琉璃唐棉的種子.

Tropical tender perennial/flowering vine. Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Blue/violet flowers from late spring to early fall.  Long blooming time!  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  USDA Zones:8-10. Mature size:1′-4′(H) X 1.5′-2′(W).  Propagate by seeds or cuttings.

熱帶多年生植物/開花藤. 容易栽種. 最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  春末到秋初開藍紫色花. 花期很長! 花頗吸引蜂蝶.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高1-4呎,寬幅1.5′-2呎. 繁殖方式以種子或扦插方式來進行.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%98%BF%E8%97%A6%E4%BA%9E%E7%A7%91
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxypetalum_coeruleum
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1409/

Groundnut/ Potato Bean (Apios Americana)北美土圞兒

Groundnut/ Potato Bean (Apios Americana) 北美土圞兒

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Groundnut/ Potato Bean (Apios Americana) 1yr old tubers. 北美土圞兒第一年的地下根莖.

Cold hardy perennial/climber, it is mainly growing as root vegetable.  Native in Northern America and East Asia.  Easy to grow. Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  Fragrant maroon flowers in late spring to mid summer.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.   USDA Zones:4-8. Mature size:4′-6′(H) /(W). Propagate by seeds, tubers or division.   Plant requires structure to cling on.

圞:音讀為 ㄌㄨㄢˊ. 耐寒強健的多年生草本/爬藤,它主要是被種植來當根莖類蔬菜使用. 原生於北美與東亞. 容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處的濕潤土壤中.  春末到仲夏間開酒紅色的花朵,花朵有香味.  花頗吸引蜂蝶.  耐寒不耐熱.  成熟株高4-6呎,寬幅亦同.  繁殖方式以種子,地下根莖或分株的方式來進行.  植株需要支架來攀爬.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apios_americana                         http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/69480/

Purple Chinese Hat (Holmskioldia tettensis) 蝶心花

Purple Chinese Hat (Holmskioldia tettensis) 蝶心花

Flower image see links below. 花照請看以下連結.

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Purple Chinese Hat Seeds. (Holmskioldia tettensis) 蝶心花的種子.

Tropical shrub/climber with unique flowers blooming almost all year around.  Flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds!   Plants flower all year around in violet/lilac butterfly like flower in center of the rosy pink bracket.  Lovely!  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  USDA Zones:9-11.  Mature size:8′-10′(H) X 4′-6′(W). Propagate by seeds, layering or cuttings.

冬紅花屬的灌木/木質藤.  它是熱帶開花灌木/藤有著幾乎全年盛開的蝴蝶形的藍紫色花,粉紅色的花萼比真正的花還要顯眼. 花頗吸引蜂蝶與蜂鳥.  很美! 容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高8-10呎,寬幅4-6呎.  繁殖以種子,壓條或扦插方式來進行.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://www.logees.com/purple-chinese-hat-plant-holmskioidia-tettensis.html       http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2446/#b                                                                                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karomia_speciosa                                                        http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/HOLMSKIOLDIA_TAITENSIS.htm

Jersey cudweed (Gnaphalium affine) 鼠趜草/清明草

Jersey cudweed (Gnaphalium affine) 鼠趜草/清明草

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Jersey cudweed (Gnaphalium affine) seedlings. 鼠趜草/清明草小苗.

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Jersey cudweed (Gnaphalium affine ) seeds. 鼠趜草/清明草種子.

Biennial plant.  The parts above ground are used for food or medicinal herb.   Native in East and South of Asia.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  Whole plant is covered with very fine cotton like hair.  Small yellow flowers in clusters in early to mid spring to summer.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.   Mature size:3″-6″(H)/(W).   Propagate by seeds.  Medicinal.

二年生草花.  地面以上的部位用於料理做成粿類食品或藥草來使用.  原生於東亞與南亞.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照偏於濕潤的土壤.  全株被有白色棉毛.  春初到仲春/夏初開小小黃色頂生的花序.  花頗吸引蜂蝶.  成熟株高/寬幅約3-6吋. 耐寒/熱性不明.  繁殖方式以種子為主來進行. 藥用價值高.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnaphalium_affine                         https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%e9%bc%a0%e9%ba%b4%e8%8d%89                  http://ongzi-secretgarden.blogspot.ca/2013/04/gnaphalium-affine.html