Hyanthus orientalis

Hyacinthus orientalis (Common Hyacinth)

I’m back in Florida again, so as soon as I entered a supermarket, I noticed a potted Hyacinthus. I had no idea it was so fragrant. So I decided to write a post. Hyacinthus orientalis (Common Hyacinth) Aka Dutch Hyacinthus, Garden Hyacinthus, or Jacinto (in Spanish), is native to Turkey and the Middle East, and along…

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Red Sister’

Cordyline fruticosa, Aka Cabbage palm, Good luck plant, Iron Plant, Tree of King, Palm lily, Ti plant, Kī, Lā‘ī (Hawaiian), Tī Pore (Māori), Sī (Tongan), Lauti (Samoan), and ʻAutī (Tahitian). It is an evergreen flowering plant in the Asparagus family, Asparagaceae, and I was fortunate to catch one in bloom. The one I’ll be featuring is “Red Sister’,…

Yucca flaccida (Yucca)

Yucca filaccida (Yucca), Aka Needle Palm, Adam’s needle, Common Yucca, Golden Sword,  Spanish Bayonet, Bear-grass, Silk-grass, and Spoon-leaf Yucca. is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. They are native to the hot and dry (arid) parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It is also reportedly naturalized in European regions…

Hippeastrum striatum

(Note: this post has been revised to clarify ID of plant) Hippeastrum striatum, is a flowering perennial herbaceous bulbous plant, in the Amaryllidaceae family, native to tropical America.  It is a bulbous perennial native to tropical regions of South America although it has become naturalized elsewhere. It is said to neither be a lily nor a a…

Mexican Tuberose ‘Azucena’ (Polianthes tuberosa)

Mexican Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) Aka Polyanthus Lily, Azucena, Nardo, Tuberose, Flor de Muerto, and Vara de San José, is native to Mexico, and it’s a perennial plant related to the Agaves (subfamily Agavoideae). It’s with the family of Asparagaceae, genus Polianthes, which means “many flowers” in Greek. ‘Tuberose’ comes from Latin, meaning ‘swollen tube’ or bulb. I’ve already…

The Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum)

This is a very popular ornamental plant in both Puerto Rico and Florida, the Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum), aka Poison Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum Lily, Spider Lily, Lirio del Pantano y Lirio Araña. Crinum asiaticum is native to tropical southeastern Asia. It is now a very popular landscape plant in Florida, the Gulf Coast, California and other warm climate areas.…

The Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)

The Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus) Aka as Sprenger’s Asparagus, Basket Asparagus Fern, Ground Asparagus, Foxtail Fern, Helecho Espárrago, Esparraguera, Uña de gato, Garra de gato, ó Espareguera de jardín, is a plant native to South Africa. Often used as an ornamental plant, it is considered an invasive weed in many locations such as Florida and Hawaii  in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. The Asparagus…

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) Aka Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Lengua de Suegra, Bowstring Hemp, Saint George’s Sword or Lengua de Vaca,  is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. “It is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a…