Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb)

Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb) Aka Silver cock’s comb, Flor de Terciopelo, Espinaca de Lagos, Cresta de Gallo, Cockscomb, Plume Plant, Feathered Amaranth, Plumed Celosia, and Woolflower is native to Central and South America, Africa, Spain, and Asia. The generic name is derived from the Greek word κήλεος (keleos), meaning “burned,” and refers to the flame-like flower…

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

All images were taken with the Canon 5D Mark lll and Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Aka Beefsteak Plant, Chicken Gizzard and Molleja, is a genus of flowering plants in the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae.  It contains 20 to 25 species, all of which are native to the American tropics. The generic name is…

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed)

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed)

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed) Aka  Joyweed, Joseph’s coat, Gomphrena Braziliana, Ruby Leaf, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant, or Joy Weed ‘Purple Knight’.  Brazilian joyweed is a tender perennial from Mexico, the West Indies, Central America and Brazil. It is grown for its richly colored foliage, dense habit and exceptional heat tolerance. This shrubby species can grow as high…

Arrasa con Todo (Gomphrena serrate)

Switching to North American Wildflowers, this is a North American weed with a name in Spanish: Arrasa con Todo (Gomphrena serrate) which means “Take Over Everything” (alluding to its spreading habit on lawns). Aka Prostate Globe Amaranth, Perpetua, Siempreviva Silvestre, and Amor de Soltero, among others, is a flowering year-round weed growing on lawns, roadsides, sandy open areas,…