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Malabar Spinach (Basella alba) 皇宮菜or潺菜

Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)  皇宮菜or潺菜

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Malabar Spinach (Basella alba) is a common item in Asian supermarket. 皇宮菜or潺菜是亞洲超市常見的蔬菜.

Tropical vegetable/tender perennial as annual climber.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.   Fast growing.  Small white flowers in summer to fall.  Berries turn black when ripe.  USDA Zones:9-11.  Mature size:8′-10′(H/L) X9″-1′(W).  Propagate by seeds, cuttings or division.  Yes, you can grow this indoors by the window.  Suitable for growing in containers.  Medicinal.  Self seeds easily.

又稱為白落葵. 熱帶不耐寒多年生作為一年生的蔬菜/爬藤.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  生長快速. 夏秋開小白花,漿果成熟轉黑.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高/藤長8-10呎,寬幅9吋到1呎.  繁殖以種子,扦插或分株的方式來進行. 有藥用價值.  容易自行落子繁殖.

Reference links:  參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basella_alba                                       https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%90%BD%E8%91%B5                            http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2561/

Purple Yam/Ube (Dioscorea purpurea) 紫薯/參薯/山藥

Purple Yam/Ube (Dioscorea purpurea) 紫薯/參薯/山藥

2016-02-03 016 (Large)

Purple Yam (Dioscorea purpurea) small aerial tubers. 紫薯/參薯/山藥的小零餘子.

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Purple Yam/Ube (Dioscorea purpurea) the aerial tuber is awake! 紫薯/參薯/山藥的零餘子甦醒了.

This tropical food vine is a tender perennial value for its edible tubers and bulbils.  Outer layer of yam is brown and inside the flesh is very purple.   Often are cooked for food/desert, fragrant. USDA Zones:9-11.  Mature size:40′(H/L) X 1.5′-2′(W).  It can be propagated by tubers, bulbils, cuttings or division.  Medicinal.  Fast growing.

熱帶多年生蔓藤主要以可食用的根部與零餘子來種植.  根部及零餘子的外皮褐色但內部為紫色. 常煮後食用或用於料理甜品,這種薯有特別的香味. 喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高/藤長40呎,寬幅1.5-2呎.  繁殖方式多以地下根莖,零餘子,扦插或分株的方式來進行. 藥用.  生長快速.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:


Higo Violet (Viola chaerophylloides) 平塚堇

Higo Violet (Viola chaerophylloides) 平塚堇

2016-08-24 (30) (Medium)

Higo Violet (Viola chaerophylloides) seeds. 平塚堇種子.

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Higo Violet (Viola chaerophylloides) seeds germination in over 8 months with covering with light soil and moist keeping medium. 10 seeds only 5 germinated. 平塚堇種子孵10出5,室溫覆土避光保濕,歷時8個多月.

Hardy perennial.  Easy to grow and propagate.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  It has unique foliage compare with the most of Violas.   This cultivation ‘Red Crane’ should be with red flowers in late spring.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  USDA Zones:6-9. Mature size:3″-6″(H) X 6″-1′(W).  Propagate by seeds (I found these seeds have rather long germination period, over 8 months! ), division.

強健多年生草花.  容易栽種及繁殖.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處的濕潤土壤.  和其他堇菜類相比,這種堇菜的葉形相當特別. 原生是白花的,這個是園藝品種’紅鶴’是紅花品種,春末開花.  花頗吸引蜂蝶. 尚為耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高3-6吋,寬幅6″-1呎.  繁殖方式以種子(種子孵種需時蠻久的,我孵是超過8個月)或分株方式來進行.

Reference links:參考網站資料連結:

https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_chaerophylloides                          http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/chigusa/item/367317/ https://garden.org/plants/view/118793/Higo-Violet-Viola-chaerophylloides/                      http://www.onrockgarden.com/plant_of_the_month/2013-01


Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum ‘German Wine’) 大黃

Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum ‘German Wine’) 大黃

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Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum ‘German Wine’) 大黃

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Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum ‘German Wine’) 大黃

Cold hardy perennial with edible stems.  This variety have firmer stems so it is good for jam and pies. Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  White flowers in summer.   Drought tolerant once plant is established.  USDA Zones:3-9.  Mature size:2′-4′(H) X 2′-3′(W).  Propagate by seeds, offsets, rhizomes/tubers or division.  Medicinal.  Fast growing.  Plant is toxic except that leaf stems.

強健耐寒的多年生草本其葉梗可以食用.  這個品種的葉梗較為紮實所以經煮後口感還不錯,是適合做成果醬或派餡的材料. 容易栽種. 最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  夏開白色花.  極為耐寒也耐熱也耐旱,整個就是無敵的可食性植物啊!  成熟株高2-4呎,寬幅2-3呎.  繁殖方式以種子,側芽,塊莖或分株的方式來進行.   生長速度快.  除了葉梗/柄可以食用外,全株有毒.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb                                                                  https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%A7%E9%BB%84                                                http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/159955/                                               http://www.rhubarb-central.com/rhubarb-varieties.html

Forest Bell Bush (Mackaya bella) 南非森林香鈴木

Forest Bell Bush (Mackaya bella) 南非森林香鈴木


Forest Bell Bush (Mackaya bella) seeds. 南非森林香鈴木的種子.

Tropical large flowering shrub with large fragrant pink bell liked flowers. Native in South Africa. Easy to grow.  Best growing in partial shade to full shade location.  Pale pink to white bell-shaped flowers blooming in late spring to summer.  Fragrant white flowers with burgundy vein attract bees and butterflies.  USDA Zones:9-11. Mature size:9′-12′(H) X 6′-9′(W). Propagate by seeds or cuttings. Fast growing.

熱帶的大型開花灌木有著芳香的淡粉紅色幾乎白色的鐘形大花.  原生於南非.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在半日照到全蔭處.  春末到夏季為其花期.  接近全白的花朵有著暗紅色脈紋.  花芳香,頗吸引蜂蝶.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高9-12呎,寬幅6-9呎.  繁殖方式以種子或扦插的方式來進行.  生長快速.


Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://www.plantbook.co.za/mackaya-bella/ http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/66376/#b              https://www.plantzafrica.com/plantklm/mackayabella.htm

Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia)慈姑

Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) 慈姑


Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) bulbs are commonly sold in Asian supermarket.慈姑球根亞洲超市都有在賣.


Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) bulbs turning green when in warm and moist condition. 慈姑球根在保濕保溫下轉綠了.



Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) bulb is forming roots. Where the roots grow is always higher up not the bottom of the bulb as other plants. 慈姑球根發根了,它的根長在球根上面而非像其他植物一樣發根在球的底部.


Hardy aquatic perennial/root vegetable.  Easy to grow and propagate.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil (or in pond).  White flowers in summer.  Flowers attract bees.  USDA Zones:6-11.  Mature size:2′-3′(H/W).  Propagate by rhizomes/bulbs, offsets or division.  Medicinal.  Bulbs are edible after cooked, it is starchy and crispy.  It is one of the edible weed!  Suitable for growing in containers.

慈姑是強健多年生的水生植物/根莖類蔬菜.  容易栽種及繁殖.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處的濕潤土中(或池塘中).  夏天開白色花朵,頗吸引蜂類. 耐寒也耐熱!  成熟株高2-3呎,寬幅亦同.  繁殖方式以球根,側芽/走莖或分株方式來進行.  有藥用價值.  秋後植株生長出膨大的球根,球根煮後可以食用,含高澱粉,脆脆的.

Reference links:參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittaria_sagittifolia                   https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E6%85%88%E5%A7%91                  http://www.meishij.net/%E6%85%88%E8%8F%87                      http://www.kdais.gov.tw/view.php?catid=989&print=1   http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31458/#b


Creeping Fig(Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang) 愛玉

Creeping Fig(Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang) 愛玉


Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila) fruit. 薜荔的枝葉與果.


Creeping Fig(Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang) seeds germination. 愛玉種子孵出.


Creeping Fig(Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang) seeds. 愛玉的種子.

Tropical woody evergreen vine.  Very hardy.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  This type of creeping fig is growing for its seeds, its seeds can be bagged in a clean cotton bag and hand in mineral water to set the jelly.  This jelly has unique fragrance, it is common in Asia for dessert in syrup serve cold with a bit of lemon juice to add some flavour.  Plant is either male or female.  USDA Zones:9-11. Mature size:30′-40′(H/L) X 12′-15′(W).   Propagate by seeds, cuttings, layering or division.  Fast growing, could be invasive.

熱帶木本常綠藤.  非常強健. 容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處的濕潤土壤中. 這類薜荔/愛玉除了綠化外更可以結果,果實中的種子可以裝入棉袋在礦泉水中洗出愛玉凍. 洗出的愛玉凍可以加入糖水與少許檸檬汁添加風味冰鎮後為好吃的甜點.  植株為雄性或雌性.  植株喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高30-40呎,寬幅12-15呎.  繁殖方式以種子,扦插,壓條/高壓或分株方式來進行.  生長快速,可能為強勢植物.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ERWWnpd_E                                        http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2029/