Plants

From this page, you can find information about many of the plants that feature in the articles I’ve written for pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on each plant group to discover more information about a specific group of plants.

You’ll find specific groups of plants on the following pages that I’ve highlighted for you here.  Alternatively if you prefer, you can scroll down through the full index below to see all of the plants I’ve listed on PumpkinBeth.com.  Click on an individual plant page to discover more information about that particular plant and find links to every article where that plant is mentioned on PumpkinBeth.com.

If you’re interested, you can also search for plant species from a specific area by clicking on the countries button and then selecting a destination to reveal the plants I’ve written about from that area of the world.

 

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Aerangis verdickii is a miniature epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species, which grows both low down on rocks and high up in the branches of woodland trees, in dry forests and mountainous areas.  In its native environment, this orchid species can be found growing near the…

Aerangis x primulina is a natural hybrid between Aerangis citrata and Aerangis hyaloides.  This is a very handsome miniature orchid.  Plants produce beautiful, arching flowering stems, which I estimate, hold opposite rows of anywhere between five and thirty, (possibly more) stunning, small, snowy white coloured…

Aeranthes arachnites is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Island of Reunion.  I have found that Aeranthes arachnites enjoys fairly bright, filtered, indirect light, warm temperatures, good air circulation, and high humidity.  Aeranthes arachnites produces delicately fragrant flowers, which…

Aesculus pavia is a large, naturally rounded, curvaceous shrub that eventually grows to anywhere between 3.5m (12ft) to 5.2m (17ft) tall, and around 2.5m (8ft) to 4m (13ft) wide – depending of course on your soil and your plant’s growing conditions.  In this shrub’s native…

Agastache ‘Blackadder’ is a short lived, herbaceous perennial plant that produces aromatic leaves, which are beautifully complemented by spires of handsome blue coloured, edible flowers, during the summer months.  This is a super plant to grow for bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.  Agastache ‘Blackadder’ flowers provide…

Agastache rugosa ‘Golden Jubilee’ is a hardy herbaceous perennial plant that produces lime green leaves, which are perfectly complimented by spikes of purple flowers.  This is an aromatic plant, with scented leaves and fragrant flowers.  The mauve coloured flowers that this Agastache produces during the…

Aglaonema ‘Christina’ is a handsome, easy-to-grow houseplant.  ‘Christina’ produces leaves that are marked with mottled, frayed stripes of soft green and bottle-green coloured variegation; every leaf is encased by the same bottle-green coloured trim, which forms a substantial outline around each leaf.  This Aglaonema cultivar…

Aglaonema ‘Cutlass’ is a lovely, easy-to-grow houseplant, with long, slender leaves.  Each leaf is coloured with a soft green variegation, which is complimented by a darker green coloured trim that encircles the leaf and forms irregular splashes over the leaf. This is another plant that…

Albuca spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is a fascinating plant, with intriguing dark green coloured, corkscrew shaped leaves.  This is an amazing plant; its leaves form perfect corkscrew curls: it’s utterly mesmerising!  Albuca spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ produces fragrant yellow and cream coloured flowers, which are borne on…

Alliaria petiolata is a commonly found wildflower in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa.  Whenever its foliage is bruised, crushed, or trampled, this plant’s leaves release a scent that’s reminiscent of garlic; as a consequence, in the UK, Alliaria petiolata is often called Garlic Mustard, or…

If you’re looking to grow plants for bees and butterflies, you might be interested in this Allium.  ‘Gladiator’ attracts a wide range of bees and pollinating insects – I am certain that this plant will fulfil your requirements and may even surpass your expectations! ‘Gladiator’…

Allium ‘Globemaster’ is a stunning Allium with purple coloured, spherical flower heads, made up of many individual star-shaped flowers.  One of the taller Alliums, ‘Globemaster’ pops its head above lower growing plants.  These gorgeous globular flowers are held on tall sturdy stems that are usually…

Allium cristophii is a superb species of Allium that can be seen growing as a wildflower in Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Iran.  If you’re looking for plants to provide pollen and nectar for insects, you’ll be happy to hear that Allium cristophii flowers attract a wide…

Allium scorodoprasum ‘Art’ is an unusual looking Allium that produces small ‘flower heads’; each flower is made up of a collection of indigo coloured bulbils, interspersed with tiny mauve flower buds.  The flowers are held on thin, wiry stems that sway with the breeze. Flower…

Allium is a large genus of flowering plants, it features hundreds of Allium species and many hybrids.  Onions, spring onions, chives, garlic, and leeks are all part of the Allium family, as are many other plants, which are grown for their decorative flowers and seed…

Alocasia ‘Ninja’ plants thrive in a very humid environment making these plants ideally suited to growing inside a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  However, terrariums and bottle gardens are not universally the same, different enclosures will provide contrasting growing conditions.  When choosing a terrarium and…

Alocasia × amazonica ‘Polly’ is a striking looking plant that absolutely commands attention!  This tender plant produces dramatic dark bottle-green coloured, heart shaped leaves that are highlighted with a silvery veining that contrasts quite spectacularly with the deep racing green colour of the leaf.  Alocasia…

Aloe vera is a really interesting, evergreen, tender succulent.  This is a plant species that has many uses, Aloe vera is an attractive, rosette forming, decorative, tender succulent, which is a popular houseplant, and it’s also a useful plant for a medical garden, in tropical climates.  There are…

Alpine strawberries or wild strawberries (also known by their botanical name Fragaria vesca) are small, low growing, plants that trail along the ground, spreading via runners; these pretty little plants can grow up to around 15cm (6 inches) tall.  I adore alpine strawberries!  These dainty…

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ is a small tree with a slim and naturally upright habit that’s a popular choice for small gardens – thanks to this plant’s fastigiated, narrow vertical growth. A number of years ago, I planted this lovely tree in my own garden; I’ve…

Amesiella minor is miniature, epiphytic orchid species.  Amesiella minor can be found growing in forests, in the mountain regions of the Philippines.  This is a slow growing orchid species, which favours a humid environment. Amesiella minor is a relatively recently discovered miniature orchid, consequently this…

Amesiella monticola is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the mountains of Luzon in the Philippines.  Amesiella monticola tolerates a range of temperature conditions, from cool to warm.  Whatever temperatures these plants experience, this miniature orchid species always favours very humid growing…

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large, magnificent snow-white flowers at each flowering.  Amesiella philippinensis’s blooms are borne on racemes from late autumn until early spring each year. Amesiella philippinensis is endemic to the Philippines, where this…

Here’s another miniature orchid; this is Andinia schizopogon, an epiphytic orchid species that thrives in cool temperatures and humid growing conditions.  In this orchid species’ natural environment, these plants can be found growing in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru. Andinia schizopogon produces rather…

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ = ‘Macane001’ (PBR) was the winner of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011 Competition.  This hybrid Anemone was raised in Scotland, by plant specialist Elizabeth MacGregor. Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ is a cross between earlier and later flowering…

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