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Featured plants of the month

Every month a plant is featured on this web site. Plants are chosen for their unique, rare and outstanding characteristics. The following are this month's and last month's feature plants.


Dragon Fruit
This species of night blooming cactus is grown mainly for its showy perfumed flowers and its large edible fruits. [More...]


Furcraea longaeva
This relative of agaves produces a huge spike of cream / light green flowers. It dies after flowering, but the flower spike produces numerous plantlets that can be grown on as new plants. [More...]
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
A leaf comprising of three leaflets,
for example, a clover leaf.
A swollen underground stem, crown or root
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
Flattened stems that take over the function
of photosynthesis from leaves, eg. in cactus.
A hybrid where both parents are straight species, in contrast to
a complex hybrid where one or both parents are themselves hybrids.
A hybrid where both parents are straight species, in contrast to
a complex hybrid where one or both parents are themselves hybrids.
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
Flowers, in particular orchids, the rotate 180° before opening.
Flowering pattern whereby flowers are continuosly produced
to replace old ones that have faded,
as opposed to having flowers open all at once.
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
Leaves or flowers that all face one direction,
on one side of the stem.

Past Featured Plants

December 2011: Amorphophallus konjac
This aroid produces large flowers that smell of dead rats, attracting pollinating flies. The tubers are used to make the flour "konjac", which is then made into a variety of foods, from noodles to sweet dessert. [More...]
November 2011: Catasetum Ten Dragons
This hybrid has quite dark coloured flowers. It is made from three species of Catasetum that grows at intermediate elevations, all originating from South America. Common to all Catasetum species, it has separate male and female flowers. The male flowers will shoot pollen out at a great rate of knots when the trigger bristles at the base of the column is touched. [More...]

October 2011: Coelogyne cristata
A species of epiphytic orchids with near spherical pseudobulbs crowded close to each other, resembling a bunch of grapes. Trailing inflorescenes produce white flowers that have a crystaline texture and yellow markings in the lip. [More...]
September 2011: Bat Flower
Bat Flower (Tacca chanteiri) is found growing in tropical rain forests from Assam to South China and Peninsula Malaysia. Most unusually, it has black flowers. The numerous whiskers can grow to 40cm long. The black bracts cause the flower to look like a bat in flight. [More...]

August 2011: Clematis
A genus of climbers grown for their colourful and showy flowers. Flowers of the Jackmanii hybrids are large and available in a variety of colours, from white to purple and red. [More...]
July 2011: Horse chestnut
The common horse chestnut is a large deciduous tree that bears white / cream flowers in the spring, followed by large spiky fruits. Each fruit produces one large seed, traditionally used for the game of conkers. [More...]

June 2011: Tillandsia cyanea
This epiphyte from Ecuador is one of the most popular commercial Tillandsias. Every year thousands of plants are produced for the pot plant trade. It is a relatively easy to grow indoor plant, requiring the occassional watering when the plant is dry. Good light is needed for flowering. [More...]
May 2011: Nerine
This clump forming bulb flowers in autumn, when not many other plants are in flower. Each bulb produces one flower stem that opens to about a dozen flowers. An established clump looks stunning! [More...]

April 2010: Chrysocoma
This is a low growing shrub that flowers in the spring. The small yellow daisy like terminal flowers are produced en-masse, smothering the plant. [More...]
August 2010: Sternbergia
This easy to grow bulb is suitable for areas with hot dry summers. The yellow crocus-like flowers appear in the autumn. [More...]

July 2010: Furcraea longaeva
This relative of agaves produces a huge spike of cream / light green flowers. It dies after flowering, but the flower spike produces numerous plantlets that can be grown on as new plants. [More...]
June 2010: Ligularia
This plant has large bold leaves and looks impressive when planted en-masse. The flowers are borned above the leaves in spikes, each holding a dozen or so flowers. The petals are golden yellow. [More...]

May 2010: Fuchsia fulgens
A half-hardy deciduous shrub that will flower all year round in warmer climates. The long turbular flowers, typical of triphylla fuchsias, have orange coloured corollas. [More...]
April 2010: Arisaema
This is an interesting genus of unusual plants belonging to the aroid family. Most are hardy species that originate from North America, Japan, China and the Himalayas. [More...]

December 2007: Gaillardia pulchella
This hardy perennial produces brilliant coloured flowers with purple centres and yellow / scarlet petals. It is tolerant of salty conditions and will put on a good display in light sand. [More...]
November 2007: Disa
Disa is a genus of orchids that come from South Africa. A number of species live amongst reeds on the banks of cold mountain streams. These unusual orchids actually live in wet ground! [More...]

October 2007: Sandersonia
This decisuous perennial produces delicate bell shapped flowers in the Summer. It survives as a V-shapped tuber in the Winter. [More...]
September 2007: Green Hood
A genus of some 100 or so species of terrestrial orchids. The dorsal sepal forms a hood over the flower, and hence the common name, Greenhood. [More...]

August 2007: Torch Ginger
This is a relation of the table ginger and comes from South East Asia. The flower buds are used as a spice in South East Asian cooking. [More...]
January 2007: Poached Egg Flower
This soggy ground tolerant annual is ideal for filling in space or as a general ground cover. The flowers are white with a dark yellow centre, and hence the common name. [More...]

December 2006: Ceropegia woodii
This succulent trailing vine has heart shapped leaves and turbular flowers. Old plants form large tubers and small spherical tubers form along the vines. [More...]
November 2006: Cosmos
This drought tolerant annual has delicate fern-like foliage. The flowers appear in Summer and lasts until the first frost. [More...]

October 2006: Hatiora rosea
This species of epiphytic cactus from Brazil produces beautiful pink flowers in late Spring. [More...]
September 2006: Phalaenopsis
A genus of monopodial warm growing orchids from South East Asia, with large, thick, leathery leaves. The flowers last for months. [More...]

August 2006: Coreopsis
This group of drought tolerant hardy annual/perennial wildflowers is native to North America. The bright yellow, red and bi-coloured flowers appear almost all year long. [More...]
July 2006: Jerusalem Artichoke
Jerusalem artichoke is a perennial sunflower, the underground rhizomes is what is eaten. It flowers in the Autumn and is worth growing just for the flowers. [More...]

June 2006: Autumn Snowflakes
These miniature bulbs have thin grass-like leaves. Dainty white flowers appear above the foliage in the autumn on wiry thin stems. A very nice bulb for small shady corners. [More...]
May 2006: Pohutukawa
Pohutukawa, the New Zealand Christmas tree, is an icon of coastal areas in Northern New Zealand. During Christmas, the tree is covered in masses of red flowers. [More...]

April 2006: Hibiscus
A genus of shruby plants that range from the tropics to temperate climates. The flowers have a characteristic central structure with five stigmas at the end and a number of stamens along its length. [More...]
March 2006: Fuchsia hybrids
A much hybridised plant with thousands of registered hybrids. The flowers are usually bi-coloured, with a combination of red, cerise, pink, "orange", purple or white. [More...]

February 2006: Livingstone Daisy
Livingstone daisy is a low growing annual succulent from South Africa that produces masses of bringtly coloured daisy looking flowers in the Summer. Unlike daisies, the petals are not individual flowers but whorls of petals that belong to the same flower. [More...]
January 2006: Foxglove
In the Spring, Foxglove grows a tall spike, with bell shapped flowers that have markings to guide landing bees. [More...]

December 2005: Chrysanthemums
This is a group of chrysanthemums grown for their daisy like flowers. Garland Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coronarium) is edible and is grown as a vegetable. [More...]
November 2005: Disocactus phyllanthoides
This species of epiphytic cactus produces beautiful pink flowers in late Spring, reminiscent of Epiphyllum. Cultivated since prehistorical times in South America, its Aztec name is Nopalxochitl. [More...]

October 2005: Clematis
A genus of climbers grown for their colourful and showy flowers. Flowers of the Jackmanii hybrids are large and available in a variety of colours, from white to purple and red. [More...]
September 2005: Aquilegia
This hardy perennial with fern like mid green leaves, has bi-coloured flowers at the end of long stems that make excellent cut flowers. Excellent wild flower or for cottage gardens, especially when planted en masse. [More...]

August 2005: Alstroemeria psittacina
This unusual species Alstromeria is a hardy deciduous perennial. Umbrella shapped leaf heads appear in the Spring, followed by tall flower stems, great for cutting. [More...]
July 2005: Osteospermum
An excellent ground cover plant for dry and exposed areas. It is available in a number of colours, and some types have spoon shaped petals. [More...]

June 2005: Crucifix Orchid
These crucifix orchids are easy to grow and produce flowers all year round. They deserve a spot in any garden. [More...]
May 2005: Balloon flower
This summer perennial is so named because its buds swell up like a balloon before opening. [More...]

April 2005: Straw flower
This annual is popular for dried flower arrangements. The white / pink / red / yellow / orange flowers have dry and hard petals. [More...]
March 2005: Hippeastrum
This tender deciduous perennial bulb produces giant sized flowers around Christmas. The flower colours range from white to red and all shades in between. [More...]

February 2005: Jockey Caps
Summer growing bulb believed to be cultivated by the Aztecs over a thousand years ago. The showy flowers only lasts one day but as one fades another is produced to take its place. [More...]
January 2005: Cornflower
The blue flowers of this plant brightens up any dull garden. The flowers are suitable for cutting and drying, retaining their bright colour well. [More...]

December 2004: Cineraria
Half hardy perennial/Annual that flowers in Spring and Summer. Variable: seedlings from the same plant often produces different coloured flowers. [More...]
November 2004: Giant Geranium
This half-hardy aromatic biennial with deeply cut snowflake shapped leaves is the largest geranium in the world. In spring, the flower head grows to 150cm tall and 80 cm across, with hundreds of pinky-purple flowers. [More...]

October 2004: Daffodil
A hardy spring bulb that can naturalise in lawns and under deciduous trees. It wouldn't be Spring without Daffodils. [More...]
September 2004: Soft Cane Dendrobium Hybrids
Soft cane Dendrobium hybrids are bred from species in the section Eu-Dendrobium, primarily using Dendrobium nobile. As their name suggests, they have deciduous soft pliable canes. Most require a dry rest in the winter to flower well. [More...]

August 2004: Gloriosa superba
This tender deciduous perennial grows as a weak climbing vine. The yellow/orange petals reflex upwards with a slight twist, giving a flame-like illusion to the flower. [More...]
July 2004: Bletilla striata
This hardy deciduous terrestrial orchid has lavender-purple flowers that look like miniature Catleya. After several years, a large clump is formed and looks quite stunning when in flower. [More...]

June 2004: Fuchsia procumbens
This NZ Native ground cover is the smallest fuchsia in the world. The flowers are yellow and upright and are followed by edible fruits that ripen to showy bright red. The pollen is blue. [More...]
May 2004: Living Stones
An extreme succulent that grows pairs of stone shapped leaves, each with a translucent top. The daisy-looking flowers produced in the Summer often dwarfs the leaves. [More...]







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