Plants of Interest: March

Please enjoy this month’s plant picks. Are you able to locate all of them as you stroll through the Conservatory?

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Seasonal House

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.

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Cactus House

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.

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Cactus House

Aeonium ‘Cyclops’

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)

4

Fern House

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.

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Bromeliad House

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.

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