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Langsdorff's Tobacco Nicotiana langsdorffii

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

July 5, 2016

Description

Family: Solanaceae

Country of Origin: Brazil

Size: 120cm x 30cm

Appearance: The large leaves create a low-growing rosette. Green bell-shaped flowers that droop from slender stems. Pollen is, intriguingly, blue. Unlike many other nicotianas, the flowers do not have a scent. Annual

Landscape use: Great companion for many other garden plants as the chartreuse flowers act as a moderator wherever other colours clash. Looks very good with dark foliaged plants. We grow it on the temple house bank with dark foliaged Hebe ‘Santa Monica’ and Loropetalum ‘China Pink’

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Bhutan Cypress Cupressus cashmeriana

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

July 27, 2015

Description

- Native to Bhutan

- Large conifer up to 45 metres tall

- Pyramidal shape with long, pendulous branches

- Commonly called the Kashmir cypress

- Cupressaceae family

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Lemon-scented Gum Corymbia citriodora

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

July 21, 2015

Description

- Originates from North East Australia

- Strong lemon scent

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Dragon's-head Lily Gladiolus dalenii

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

May 11, 2015

Description

- Iridaceae family

- Flowers early autumn for us

- Up to 4ft tall

- Often called the Parrot Gladiolus

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Begonias Genus Begonia

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

May 11, 2015

Description

- Begoniaceae family

- Rhizomatous perennial

- 0.5m wide by 0.5m tall

- Green foliage with a lovely brown tinge unto 15cm in length, glossy

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

May 11, 2015

Description

- Rubiaceae family

- Native to South Africa and commonly called the 'Natal Flame Bush'

- Sprays of tubular, red flowers about 2.5cm long in late summer/autumn

- Leaves: simple and oppositely arranged, unto 13cm long by 5cm broad

- Grows up to 13m tall

- Suited to coastal areas

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Cape Thatching Reed Elegia tectorum

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

April 17, 2015

Description

-Native to South Africa

- Clump of fine, green, grassy stems up to 1.5m tall and wide

- Occur naturally in damp ground, but perform better if provided with a well-drained soil

- Do not always withstand division but can be propagated from seed

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Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranthus caudatus

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

April 17, 2015

Description

- Love-lies-bleeding

- Amaranthaceae family

- Native to Peru, Africa and India

- Drooping purple tassels up to 30cm long in late summer/autumn

- Often harvested for its grains

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

April 17, 2015

Description

- Ivory curl tree

- Protaeceae family

- Originates from Queensland Australia

- Creamy flowers in autumn followed by woody fruits

- Frequently utilised as a street tree in Australia

- Evergreen

- Fast growing

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

April 10, 2015

Description

- Malpighiaceae family

- Originates from South Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina

- Red winged fruits in late summer

- Small yellow flowers

- Relatively cold hardy

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

April 10, 2015

Description

- Michaelmas daisy

- Autumn flowering, bearing masses of small white daisies for weeks on end

- Good cut flower

- Native to North America and northern Mexico

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What

Giant Granadilla Passiflora quadrangularis

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- Common name: Giant Granadilla

- Native to central and South America

- Large, edible fruit

- Large, bright green oval leaves 8-12 cm long, 6-10cm wide

- Prefers sunny spot with good drainage

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Passiflora quadrangularis

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Zepyr Lily Zephyranthes minuta

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 24, 2015

Description

- Common name: pink rain lily

- Amaryllidaceae family

- Originates from central America

- Pink flowers upto 10cm across

- Narrow, scrappy foliage

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Crape-Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

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Chilean Bellflower Lapageria rosea

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- Chilean bellflower

- Philesiaceae family

- Chile's national flower

- Woody climber

- Large, leathery dark green leaves unto 12cm long

- Bell shaped flower

- Frost tender

- Likes cool root run, scrambling up towards the light

- Free draining, neutral soil

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- NZ native

- Gunneraceae family

- Bronze to purple/green, small, ovate leaves

- Mat forming

- Female plants produce spikes of red berries after flowering

- Great for waterside planting

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What

Chinese Happy Tree Camptotheca acuminata

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- Cornaceae family

- Originates from Sichuan & Yunnan provinces in China

- Large, green leaves > 15cm long, tiny creamy white flowers in late summer

- Frost tender & intolerant of strong winds

- Topotecan, a cancer treating drug is made from camptothecin, which is extracted from the bark

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Belladonna Lily Amaryllis belladonna

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- Amaryllidaceae family

- Naked ladies

- Originates from South Africa

- Dormant for most of the warmer months & can therefore withstand considerable drought when in it's dormancy phase

- Flower stems appear late summer & can grow up to 60cm tall, heads of 6 or more funnel shaped flowers

- Prefer warm, sunny location with tops of the bulbs exposed, water well from late summer to promote good flower production

- We have both white and pink varieties, which hybridise readily.

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Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

- lemon-scented myrtle

- Myrtaceae family

- Originates from the east coast of Australia

- Medium sized tree with highly aromatic, lemon-scented leaves

- Flowers creamy white in summer

- Now being cultivated commercially for culinary purposes

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Spiral Aloe Aloe polyphylla

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 19, 2015

Description

- Asparagaceae family

- Originates from Lesotho

- Short-stemmed rosettes with spirals of light-toothed, grey-green leaves up to 30cm long

- Red-orange-pink flowers in spring

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Observer

murray_dawson

Date

January 31, 2012 09:14 PM NZDT

Description

Ranunculus cortusifolius, the giant buttercup or Canary buttercup, has bright yellow flowers and is one of the largest and most impressive buttercup species. Photo courtesy Jack Hobbs.

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Ranunculus cortusifolius

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 6, 2015

Description

- Common name: silver carpet

- Asteraceae family

- Hardy ground cover often used in rockeries and coastal gardens

- Possible lawn substitute?

- Easy to propagate by tip cuttings or division

- Pale, felt-like leaf undersides

- Approximately 50mm high

- Daisy-like yellow flower (year round but peak spring - summer)

- Endemic to southern Overberg area of South Africa

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Purpletop Vervain Verbena bonariensis

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 6, 2015

Description

- South American perennial

- Square, straight stems

- Sparsely foliaged

- Lance shaped and serrated leaves

- Small purple flowers in flat clusters

- Self sow readily

(Bateman, 2013 - Flora)

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 6, 2015

Description

- Amaryllidaceae family

- Bloody lily, paint brush lily, pin cushion flower are a few of the common names

- Flowers late summer for approximately 3 weeks. Scarlet red bracts with dozens of golden anthers

- Flowers appear first followed by (generally 2) large leaves up to 50cm long

- Sun or part shade (part shade often produces the biggest leaves)

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Haemanthus coccineus

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Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 6, 2015

Description

- Amaryllidaceae family

- Perennial from southern Africa

- Large Bulb

- Salmon-red flowers, large rounded heads of star-shaped florets, narrow petals, whiskery stamens

- Flowers summer

- Wavy, undulating leaves

Full sun or part shade

(Bateman, 2013 - Flora

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White Rain-Lily Zephyranthes candida

Observer

luke_mayall

Date

March 6, 2015

Description

- Originates from Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile

- Fine, grassy foliage with 6 - petalled white flowers - slightly resembling that of an open crocus

- More damp & cold tolerant than most Zephyranthes

- Propagate by dividing established clumps

- Good drainage is vital to prevent bulbs rotting

- Full sun or light shade

(Bateman, 2013 - Flora)

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Zephyranthes candida

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Tun Tree Toona sinensis

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

December 31, 2012

Description

Photo courtesy Jack Hobbs.

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Toona sinensis

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Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

December 31, 2012

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Acer pseudoplatanus

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Downy Japanese Maple Acer japonicum

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

December 31, 2012

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Acer japonicum

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Japanese Maple Acer palmatum

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

December 31, 2012

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Acer palmatum