Angelonia angustifolia

Angelonia angustifolia (Narrow-leaf Angelon)

Angelonia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Angelon) Aka Summer Snapdragon, or Boca de la Vieja,  is native to Mexico and the West Indies. The genus ‘Angelonia’ was once placed in the ‘Scrophulariaceae (figwort)’ family. It was then moved to the Plantaginaceae family. Blooms may be lavender, white, pink, or purple.  It has become a popular garden plant, and ‘Angelonia’ as a genus is…

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells) Aka Milliflora or wave Petunia. Calibrachoa (ca-libra-KO-a) is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. They have a sprawling habit, with small petunia-type flowers, and are native to south America, from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, inhabiting scrub and open grassland. The “Million Bells” refers to the ornamental varieties available.  They…

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…

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia)

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia)

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia) Aka Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac and Hortensia. Hydrangea macrophylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to Japan. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) broad with large heads of pink or…

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…

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Double Red’ ‘Double Peach'

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Hibiscus Double Form)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Hibiscus Double Red) Aka Rosa de Amapola, Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, and Shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae tribe of the family Malvaceae, native to East Asia. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis was named by Carl Linnaeus. The Latin term rosa-sinensis literally means “rose of China”, though it is…

Bougainvillea brasiliensis (Rasberry Ice)

Although I’ve already posted about Bougainvillea spectabilis, there are other variants of Bougainvilleas spectabilis, such as the Bougainvillea brasiliensis, and variegated ones also. Bougainvillea brasiliensis is the light purple variety of the three bougainvilleas currently in the patio garden. In 1768 when Admiral Louis de Bougainvillea began his long journey to the Pacific Ocean and discovered the…

Impatiens walleriana (Miramelinda)

Impatiens walleriana (Miramelinda)

Impatiens walleriana (Miramelinda) Aka Busy Lizzie, Balsam, Sultana, Impatiens, Alegría de la casa, Alegría del hogar, Balsaminia, Miramelindo, or Miramelindos,  is a species of the genus Impatiens from the Balsaminaceae family, native to Asia and Africa.  It is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing to 15–60 cm (6–24 in) tall, with broad lanceolate leaves 3–12 cm long and…

Torenia fournieri

Torenia fournieri (Wishbone Flower)

I’ve been covering several plants which are not common to P.R., but are still cultivated as annuals. They most often require cooler temperatures and frequent watering, so they’re not grown on the coastal zones of the island. However, they are still known to many gardeners here who like to grown them. All these were shot…

Dahlia 'Dahlinova Carolina Red'

Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Carolina Red’

Note: these images were taken is a studio-like setting with the Canon T6s, the Canon macro 100mm, two Canon speedlites mounted on tripods, and light diffusers. Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Carolina Red’, is a double form of Dahlia. Dahlias are bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. They are members of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants,…

Begonia semperflorens (Wax Begonia)

Begonia semperflorens (Wax Begonia) Aka Wax-leaf begonia, is native to  tropical and subtropical zones from central and south America, Africa, and Asia. Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains 1,795 different plant species. Begonia is the fifth-largest flower genus in the world.  The genus name Begonia, coined by Charles Plumier, a…

Petunia × atkinsiana ‘Storm Pink’

Petunia × atkinsiana ‘Storm Pink’ is from the Petunia genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae. The popular flower of the same name derived its epithet from the French, which took the word petun, meaning…

Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’(D.X Grandiflorum)

Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’, is a “Florist Daisy”, and there’s only one link claiming this cultivar (see below). This will be a visual post only. Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’   Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’ Chrysanthemum ‘Starfighter’ Chrysanthemum hurt., The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches [ed. William Robinson], vol. 35: p. 384, t. 698 (1889) [H.G. Moon]…

Florist's daisy

Chrysanthemum morifolium (Florist’s daisy)

Note: this post has been revised Chrysanthemum morifolium (Florist’s daisy) Aka Hardy garden Mum, Pumpum, Pompom, Mums or Chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. There are countless horticultural varieties and…

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) Aka Clavel, Dianthus,  Clavelina, Clavelillo or Clavel chino, is a species of Dianthus native to southern Europe from the mountains of southern Europe from the Pyrenees east to the Carpathians and the Balkans, with a variety disjunct in northeastern China, Korea, and southeasternmost Russia, which has become a popular ornamental garden plant. It…

Gerbera jamesonii Bicolor Red White ‘Revolution’ (Barberton Daisy)

Gerbera jamesonii  (Barberton Daisy), Aka (Bicolor Red  White ‘Revolution’ Gerbera), Transvaal Daisy, and Barbertonse madeliefie, is indigenous to South Eastern Africa, but it’s cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. Gerbera is a genus of plants in the Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber (1710-1743) who travelled extensively in Russia…

Ochna Serrulata

Ochoa serrulata (Mickey Mouse Bush)

Ochna serrulata (Mickey Mouse Bush) Aka Mall-leaved plane, Carnival ochna, Bird’s eye bush, Mickey mouse plant , or Carnival bush’, is an ornamental garden plant of the Ochnaceae family which is indigenous to South Africa. It is planted in southern African gardens, but has naturalized in Australia and New Zealand, and is used ornamentally in…