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Yesterday, today and tomorrow (Brunfelsia)

Yesterday, today and tomorrow (Brunfelsia) A semi-evergreen ornamental shrub to 2m. The perfumed flowers are bright blue fading to light mauve to almost white, about 5cm in diameter with 5 broad petals. (B. americana has yellow flowers fading to cream). The flowers are usually grouped together at the ends of branches in [...]

Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)

Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia) An ornamental to 2.5m, commonly grown for its decorative mottled foliage as a shade house or indoor plant. The flowers consist of a greenish coloured bract or sheath called a spathe, surrounding a long central spike crowded with small florets. Toxicity category: 2, 3 Warning: Seek urgent [...]

Wild passionfruit (Passiflora)

Wild passionfruit (Passiflora) A group of climbing plants with tendrils often found growing in neglected or weedy areas. The flowers can range in colour from white to pale purple, to greenish yellow, and sometimes red. Flower size can range from 6mm in diameter (for Passiflora suberosa) to 10cm (for Passiflora caerulea). The [...]

Desert rose (Adenium obesum)

Desert rose (Adenium obesum) A semi-succulent shrub or small tree to 3m with thickened lower stems and swollen base cultivated as a garden ornamental. The bark is smooth and grey. Flowers are 2.5-5cm long, funnel-shaped, 5-lobed and clustered at the ends of branches, white, pink or red in colour often [...]

Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) A deciduous woody climbing vine popular as a garden ornamental. The flowers are pea-like and hang in long pendulous clusters, are commonly purple but can also be white or pink in colour. The leaves are alternate on the stem with either 7-13 (W. sinensis) or 15-19 (W. [...]

Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)

Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) Robust herb up to 3m tall, cultivated as a crop but sometimes found as a weedy escape. The tubular flowers are white to pink or red, five lobed and held in clusters near the top of the plant. Leaves are stalkless (sessile), simple and alternate, pale green, [...]

Arrow head plant (Syngonium)

Arrow head plant (Syngonium) Often seen as an indoor pot plant this species is also used as a garden specimen, where it can become an aggressive climber. The flowers are similar to those of other species in the aroid family, consisting of a green to yellow or white spathe or sheath surrounding a [...]

Daffodil (Narcissus)

Daffodil (Narcissus) Bulbous herbs 30 to 50cm tall cultivated as either garden or potted specimens. The bulbs are often mistaken for onions if stored together. Strongly scented flowers are held at the end of the stems, either singly or in clusters, with six yellow or white petals and a tubular-like [...]

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) An annual climbing plant with winged stems cultivated for its attractive fragrant flowers. Highly fragrant flowers are about 3cm across, clustered in groups of up to 4 at the ends of robust stems that exceed the leaves and can range in colour from red, pink, purple, [...]

Last updated: 19 July 2017
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