dwarf tabebuia. A woody medium-sized shrub with dark green leaves and clusters
of the TabebuiaŪs characteristic trumpet-shaped flowers. Borne most of the
year, these flowers are white flushed with lavender. They have orange stripes
down their powdery yellow lower throats, and T-shaped stamens press against
their upper throats. The buds are lavender-pink. The shrub can grow to a height
of 1.8 m. It likes the full sun, and an average amount of water. Propagated
from seeds, by marcotting, and from cuttings. Info
source: www.rareflora.com›› (Other Internet sources use the same
scientific name for another Tabebuia species, which has pink flowers and is a
much larger tree.)
plant. The almost black flowers of this plant are surrounded by large
purple-black bracts with long thin appendages. The glossy green leaves grow in
a clump. According to Warren,
the bat plant likes filtered sunlight, protection from heavy rain and rich,
moist, well-drained soil. Propagation is by root division or from seed. One
gardener advised me to leave the flower stems at the foot of the plant when
they fall and to allow the berries to germinate. The TaccaŪs root is
used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat gastric ulcer, high blood
pressure, hepatitis and burns. I love the ŽflowersŪ of this plant (bracts and
flowers); they would be quite flamboyant if they were not so dark.› Photo: Leni Sutcliffe.›
My plant, blooming in
mid-December, is quite healthy.
capensis (Tecomia capensis).Cape
honeysuckle. Love and devotion. 5 at P150.›
Sprawling plant which, if left, unpruned puts out long stems and becomes
almost a vine. Usually kept clipped. Has frequent displays of long, tubular
bright orange flowers at stem ends. Spreads by means of underground roots that
can become invasive. A native of South
Africa, it needs
well-drained soil and prefers the full sun. It flowers best in slightly cooler
climates. It is propagated from seeds, cuttings, or branches that root when
they lie on the ground.
bells, Yellow trumpet tree. 1
at P300. Tall erect shrub from tropical America.
Can be pruned to become a small tree. Regularly produces large clusters of
bright yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Flowers are followed by stringbean-like
pods which split open to release seeds with transparent wings on each end. It
has bright green opposite leaves, which are pinnately compound with 1-9
(usually 3-7) pointed oval leaflets with sharply toothed edges. Grows quite
rapidly, developing within a few months into an attractive plant useful for
screening or in mixed beds. To make a bushier shrub and promote new flushes of
flowers, branches should be cut back after flowering. Needs full sun and likes
well-drained soil. Has various applications in herbal medicine such as for the
treatment of diabetes and digestive problems. Extracts from the leaves inhibit
the growth of the yeast Candida albicans.› My plant is blooming again (March, April, May
2004). After having flowered continuously for several months, it is now resting
(November 2004). After overall pruning to give the tree a better shape, new
growth came out; the tree was again in full bloom by mid-December 2004; stopped
for a while, but flowering anew in early February.
erecta. Thunbergia.›1 at P100.Shrub. Native to tropical East
Africa. This sprawling shrub was Introduced to the Philippines in
1950s. It has rich violet flowers with yellow throats. Blooms continuously
throughout the year. It responds well to regular pruning. It likes the full fun
and well-drained soil, but it will bloom in partial shade. Propagated from
cuttings. Source: William Warren, TropicalGarden Plants, 1997.
ni Ester, Florida
moss, long moss. According to Madulid this is an epiphytic bromeliad with
silver grey, threadlike hanging stems growing to 2 m or longer. The leaves are
scattered, narrow and up to 7 cm long. It bears small solitary flowers. It is a
native to tropical American and thrives in partial shade.
vine; MaidenŪs jealousy. 1 at P50.› This
climber from Malaysia
has bright yellow, star-shaped flowers with red stamens in sprays that appear
almost all the time. Grows quickly and makes a decorative covering for a garden
fence or trellis. Prefers a sunny location and needs regular fertilizing.
Propagation by means of cuttings or seeds, which are produced freely. My plant
has taken almost a year to take off: by March
24 2004, it still has one main stem, but it is flowering fairly
well; has several flowering stems now (19
April 2004). It seems that once this plant begins
to flower, it flowers non-stop (it is now May 2005 and it is still flowering
profusely). Source: William Warren, TropicalGarden Plants, 1997.
White turnera. 20 at P10. Shrub. In the morning this Turnera produces masses of
five-lobed pale yellow flowers that are dark violet and yellow around the
yellow stamens; the flowers close towards .
The dark green leaves are ovate with serrated margins. Grows to 40-60 cm in sun
or partial shade. Needs to be watered regularly, but not over-watered.
Propagation by stem cuttings. Photo: Leni
Sutcliffe.› My plants
obviously do not like the dark shade they now find themselves in. I have to
transplant them to a more congenial place, or trim the bushes that give them