There are always odds and ends in any home, life or business. So this list offers some miscellaneous plants we grow and love that don't fit into the other menu categories in our catalog. Visit here to find a little of this and a bit of that. All are excellent and fun to grow. Come on in and rummage around!
(Tower of Jewels) Houston, we are ready for blastoff! Excuse us, but the floriferous Tower of Jewels is so huge that it looks like a model rocket rising up from a columnar launch pad of narrow-leafed, silvery foliage.
(Lion's Ear or Wild Dagga) "Leon" is Greek for "lion," whereas "otis" translates as "ear." The appellation "leonurus" equals "lion colored." Actually, we think the tawny orange blossoms of this mint family (Lamiaceae) species look more like a lion's mane.
(Mint Lion's Ear or Klipp Dagga) Here's another plant for Dr. Seuss gardens. Mint Lion's Ear produces intermittent, shaggy whorls of fuzzy, rosy orange tubular flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. The blossoms burst from prickly, round clusters on stems as tall and slender as auto antennas.
(Baja Pitcher Sage) Adaptable, drought-resistant Lepechinia hastata thrives from full sun to partial shade. This shrubby perennial has intense pink, tubular flowers and gray-green foliage. Its arrow-shaped leaves feature a pleasantly felted texture.
(Silver Horehound) Wooly white hairs on the underside of gray-green foliage help conserve moisture and give this drought resistant groundcover a silvery appearance.
(Elk Cream Hardy Gloxinia) Unlike regular Sinningia tubiflora, this petite variety has long, tubular flowers that are cream colored instead of pure white. Soft hairs give its mounding foliage a silvery green look, velvety texture, and drought resistance.
Tillandsia usneoides is more commonly known as Spanish Moss. In the deep South, it grows in streamers from trees, most commonly Live Oaks and Bald Cypress in shaded, high humidity environs. It is a true epiphyte, a plant that lives upon other plants; from Greek "epi"=upon "phyte"=plant.
(Blue Milkweed) It's not unusual to see the sky-blue, star-shaped flowers of Tweedia caerulea tucked into bridal bouquets. Yet they are members of the humble milkweed family Asclepiadaceae.
(Calistoga California Fuchsia) Large leaves make the hummingbird groundcover Zauschneria californica ‘Calistoga’ seem taller than it is. It has the darkest, almost-red flowers of any California Fuchsia we’ve seen.
(Everett’s Choice California Fuchsia) Long, red-orange trumpet blossoms hang from Zauschneria californica ‘Everett’s Choice’. It’s the pendulous abundance and frilly mouths of the flowers that cause it to be likened to fuchsias.