Curcuma Sparkling (Turmeric)

Curcuma Sparkling (Turmeric) is another variant of Turmeric plants which are whitish lavender, and I thought of sharing these with you. For more didactic information on the Turmeric plant, please see this post. Curcuma ‘Sparkling’ has very soft,  pastel colors, but comes with the same habit as Curcuma longa, it needs lots of humidity, frequent misting  and dappled light.…

Curcuma longa (Tumeric)

Curcuma longa (Turmeric)

Curcuma longa (Turmeric) is a plant I found selling at a popular garden center in P.R.. The Turmeric  plant is very similar to Ginger and can be grown as an ornamental. There are white, pink and lavender varieties.  They like dappled light but require constant moisture to keep their bloom strong and blooming. This bloom is…

Canna indica ‘Fire Red’ (Canna Lily)

Since I’ve already posted about Canna flacida, the aquatic species, I was pleased to find a red Canna indica, because the red one is a native of the southeastern United States, whereas the Canna flacida is also indigenous to south-eastern USA, but is an aquatic species. The reason this one is also called “Fire Red” Canna is because…

Red Ginger ‘Keikis’

This post is dedicated to Geoff, The Biking Gardener, who gave me the great idea of growing the little plantlets called “keikis” that where emerging from the huge Pink Ginger flowers I posted about here. As you may recall, I encountered these extremely huge Pink Ginger inflorescences with little “keikis” growing on them. Now, not…

Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger)

Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger) aka Ostrich Plume and Pink Cone Ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored red bracts. It is a very common plant in all of the tropical zones of the Americas also. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Puerto…

Heliconia psittacorum (Parrot’s Beak)

 I would like to dedicate this post to AJAYTAO, who passed away recently. I sure will miss his “likes” and his loyalty to this blog, as well as his love for flowers, which curiously enough drove him to create an all-botanical blog, shortly before he died. Long live AJAYTAO through his blooms!  Heliconia psittacorum (Parrot’s Beak) Aka Planta-papagaio, Parakeet Flower, Parrot’s…

Heliconia vellerigera ‘She Kong’

Heliconia vellerigera ‘She Kong’ Aka Furry Heliconia, is a hybrid cultivar from the species in the family Heliconiaceae, native to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica. It has been cultivated as an exotic hybrid in the neotropics, and it’s highly coveted for its colour and texture. It is a hybrid cultivar from Heliconia vellerigera (see below). Puerto…

Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise)

Strelitzia reginae Aka as Ave del Paraiso, Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise, is a flowering plant indigenous to South Africa. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird’s head and beak; it makes a durable perch…

Zingiber spectabile (Beehive Ginger)

Zingiber spectacle Aka Beehive Ginger, Beehive Plant, Flor de Maraca, Ginger Champú, Ginger Wort or Malaysian Ginger is a species of true ginger, native to Tropical Asia. It is primarily grown in the West as an ornamental plant, although it has naturalised in all of the neotropics. The plant is from the Zingiber genus and Zingiberaceae family. The true flowers…

Heliconia rostrata

Heliconia rostrata Aka as Heliconia Pendula, Heliconia Patujú, Lobster-claws, Wild Plantains or False bird-of-paradise, is known to be Bolivia’s national flower. I have blogged about Heliconias before, but I still did not document Heliconia rostrata, which has a pendulous habit. Heliconia is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical…

Musa velutina (Pink Velvet Banana)

Musa velutina (Pink Velvet Banana), is beginning its blooming season again, and I have about 5 to 6 plants from the Musa genus already photographed, some of which can be seen here. This genus represents the bananas and plantains. There are many types of banana plants, and P.R. is one of the main plantain producers in the caribbean. These plants…

Star Calathea (Calathea loeseneri)

Calathea loeseneri Aka Star Calathea, Purple Ice, Paririwa, and Platanillo, is a species of plant belonging to the Marantaceae genus and the order of Zingiberales . It is native to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. It is also present in the West Indies. I spent quite some time trying to ID this plant, because I knew it had the qualities of an Alpinia Ginger, but…

Canna flaccida

Canna flaccida Aka Flor de Canna, Saka Siri, Indian shot, Cañas de Indias, Canna, Achira, bandera, Chancle, Coyol, or Platanillo, Marathi :karma L Sanskrit: VankeLii,  and Sarvajayaa, is a species of the Canna genus, belonging to the family Cannaceae, a native of the Caribbean and tropical Americas. In the US it is found in AL, FL, GA, HI, LA, NC, SC, TX, and VA. It’s from the order of the Zingiberales, which…

Yellow Ginger (Hedychium flavescens)

Yellow Ginger (Hedychium flavescens) Aka Cream Garland-lily, Jengibre Amarillo, Cream Ginger, ‘Awapuhi melemele, Hediquio, and Lirio de arroyo, is a perennial plant native to China, India and Nepal.  It is a major weed in a number of countries where has become ‘invasive’, mostly New Zealand, Australia, and in Hawaii it has become a major weed…

The Calathea warscewiczii at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Calathea warscewiczii,  aka Zebra Plant, is native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Calathea warscewiczii is a beautiful plant for shaded areas in a tropical humid garden. A ‘prayer plant’ relative and a member of the Marantaceae family, when the night falls, this plant has a curious habit of folding up its leaves as if two hands were placed…

Crepé Ginger (Costus speciosus)

Crepé Ginger is a tall plant with large, up to 7 inches pubescent, dark green leaves arranged on the stalk in a spiral. In tropical regions it can grow to 10 ft tall. The flowers in Puerto Rico appear early in the summer and they look like they’re made of crepe. They form on glossy red cone-shaped bracts,…

The Plantain Flower (Musa × paradisiaca)

The Plantain Flower (Musa × paradisiaca) with immature plantains.  These are from the ‘Praying Hands’ cultivar. Cooking bananas are often informally referred to as plantains. Plantains are a major food staple in East Africa, West and Central Africa (Cameroon), Central America, the Caribbean and northern, coastal parts of South America. The flower has a very long stalk which begins to grown upwards, but…