Please enjoy this month’s plant picks. Are you able to locate all of them as you stroll through the Conservatory?
Jasminum polyanthum are native to China & Myanmar and grow as vines. J. polyanthum is well known as a house plant in the USA & Europe, and are hardy in the USDA Zones 8 – 11. However, in Australia & New Zealand, it is regarded as an invasive species; they spread rapidly with a dense foliage that inhibit native seedlings, and smother other vegetation.
Jasmines are cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers, and are in the olive family.
Thelocactus rinconensis is a small round cactus native to Mexico.
Although you might have to wait for up to 5 years for a new plant to flower, it’s dark brown or black seeds germinate readily.
Aeonium are a succulent native to Eastern Africa and the Canary Islands. They are not frost- resistant, but are related to Sempervivum. (Hens and Chicks)
Nepenthes are carnivorous plants and are also known as pitcher plants. They are native to Madagascar through India, South China, the Philippines and south to Australia.
Vriesea ‘Ralph’ is a cultivar the Bromeliad family and are native to Mexico, Central & South Americas and the West Indies.
Bromeliads live in trees or on rocky cliffs and grow strap-like leaves in a rosette, forming a “tank” in the center. Modified cells in this water reservoir take up the nutrients and water that the plant needs while the roots only grasp and hold the plant upright.