Menthe pulegium (Pennyroyal)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass) is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to southern Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The species is also present in Australia and India, where it is probably a human introduction. Common names include: bushy lippia, hierba negra,…

Stachytarpheta cayennensis (Blue Snakeweed)

Stachytarpheta cayennensis (Blue Snakeweed) Aka Pinche de gato, Rabo de zorro, Cayenne snakeweed, Dark-blue snakeweed, Bluetop, Nettle-leaf porterweed, Rattail, Rough-leaf false vervain, Blue rat’s tail, Brazilian tea, Cayenne vervain, False verbena, Joee, Nettleleaf velvet berry, and Cayenne porter weed. It is native to the Americas, from Mexico south through Central and South America to Argentina,…

Duranta erecta (Golden Dewdrop)

Durante erecta (Golden Dewdrop) Aka Lila, Cuenta de Oro, Honey Drops, Pigeon berry, Skyflower, Xcambocoché (Mexico), or Mavaetangi (Tonga= tears of departure) is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the…

Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage)

Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage), Aka Lantana odorata, Cariaquillo, Wild sage, Common Sage, Sea Sage, White Sage, Orégano, Terete, Peonía Colorada, Contite, and Frutilla, is a shrub commonly 1 to 2 m in height with showy flowers. It is native to southern Florida, the West Indian islands, Bermuda, Mexico through northern South America bordering the Caribbean, and the Galápagos Islands. Wild…

The Starburst Bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

Starburst Bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) Is native to Guinea and Philippines, but thrives in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Florida, and pantropical regions of the world. Aka as Starburst, Shooting Star , Winter Starburst, Philipine Glorybower,  Glorybower, Bagawak  Morado (Spanish-Philipines) and Pinnacola.  Clerodendrum stems from Greek klero = fortune, prosperity; and dendron =  tree, perhaps because of its large size. Quadriloculare aludes to its quadricular ovary shape.…

Glory Bower (Clerodendrum speciosum)

Today while walking in an abandoned lot, I encountered Glory Bower (Clerodendrum speciosum) Aka Bleeding Glory-bower, Bag Flower, Bleeding-heart Vine, Gloria Enramada Sangrante; Gloria Enramada, and Corazón sangrante,  which is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum of the family Lamiaceae, native to tropical west Africa, but naturalised in pantropical areas of the world.  Its cousin, Clerodendrum thomsoniae, is white. It is an evergreen liana growing to 13 ft tall.  The area where it was had a huge…