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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Runner bean ‘Firestorm’ (also known by the botanical name, Phaseolus coccineus ‘Firestorm’) is a climbing runner bean variety that was bred in the UK by Tozer Seeds.  ‘Firestorm’ is an easy to grow, productive variety with handsome red flowers and delicious runner beans. ‘Firestorm’ has…

‘Hestia’ is a dwarf runner bean.  Due to its small size, ‘Hestia’ is a superb choice of plant to grow in containers.  I’ve found that the height of ‘Hestia’ runner beans varies depending on the compost or soil they are growing in and the size…

Runner Bean ‘Little Runners’ is a full size, climbing runner bean cultivar that produces smaller sized runner beans.  ‘Little Runners’ beans tend to grow as wide as regular sized runner beans but these beans are quite a bit shorter in length.  However, ‘Little Runners’ have…

‘Moonlight’ is a lovely white-flowered runner bean that was bred by Tozer Seeds, in the UK.  This is a tall, climbing runner bean. Runner bean ‘Moonlight’ seeds are widely available.  Very occasionally ‘Moonlight’ runner beans are available to purchase as plants – try your local…

‘Polestar’ is a tall climbing runner bean that will grow to at least 2m (6.5ft) tall and like other climbing runner beans, will happily grow taller!  Runner bean ‘Polestar’ plants have red flowers and produce runner beans with a good flavour.  ‘Polestar’ was the first…

Runner bean ‘Snowstorm’ is a tell climbing runner bean variety that was bred in the UK by Tozer Seeds.  ‘Snowstorm’ is an easy to grow, productive variety with pretty white flowers.  This variety has been created by crossing French beans with runner beans to create…

Runner bean ‘St George’ is a very ornamental runner bean cultivar that produces striking red and white bi-coloured flowers.  This is an ideal choice of runner bean if you’re looking to grow decorative, yet flavourful, edible plants. ‘St George’ is a climbing runner bean that…

Runner beans, also known by their botanical name of Phaseolus coccineus, are tender perennials that originate from Mexico and South America.  Runner beans are deservedly popular in the UK; these easy to grow vegetables are both decorative and productive. Both dwarf runner bean varieties and…

As we learn more about plants, we make discoveries that result in plants moving from one plant genus to another; meaning name changes are required.  African violets used to be known as Saintpaulia, but their botanical name has now been changed to Streptocarpus.  I’ve left…

Salsola soda is a vegetable that’s also known by many common names, including: agretti, roscano, saltwort, Russian thistle, Friar’s beard, Monk’s beard, Barba di Frate, or barilla plant.  Plants have a grassy appearance, with stems of needle like leaves, that grow up to around 60cm…

Salvia nemorosa ‘Crystal Blue’ was discovered in Michigan in a field of Salvia, by Jerry Van Der Kolk.  This Salvia nemorosa‘s pale, lilac-blue flowers stood out as being different and rather beautiful, so this hardy perennial was grown on and developed for sale.

Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ is a truly spectacular new hybrid raised by Australian breeder John Fisher, it’s the third plant to be released from the ‘Wish’ series.  This hardy, aromatic perennial plant has dark stems with a graceful, arching habit, bearing a stunning display of…

In the UK, Sambucus nigra is known as Elder.  These small trees and shrubs must have many common names, as they’re a wild plant that frequents many countries across Europe, as well as places as far afield as Western Asia and North Africa.  Sambucus nigra…

Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Straight’ is a rhizomatous plant from Tropical Africa that has specialised underground storage organs to store water and energy; these reserves enable this species to survive the dry seasons in Sansevieria cylindrica‘s homelands of Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  NB: The correct botanical name…

Sarcococca confusa is a hardy, evergreen shrub that flowers from December to March each year.  This is not a shrub that many people would take notice of or remember for much of the year, but from the wintertime, until early spring, a gardener that grows this…

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is an evergreen shrub that produces small, but highly fragrant flowers from January to March. Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is best grown in full to partial shade, in well drained soil.

Scabiosa columbaria is a rather charming, sweet little perennial that forms low mounds of oval leaves that are hidden by taller, dissected foliage as the plant grows up and matures.  The lilac coloured, pincushion-shaped flowers are held above and around the plant on slender stems,…

Schlumbergera, are a group of epiphytic cacti that are more commonly known as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses, so called, as these Schlumbergera plants usually flower at these celebratory times of year: in November, December, March, and April, though plants can flower anytime from October…

Schlumbergera, are a group of epiphytic cacti that are more commonly known as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses, so called, as these Schlumbergera plants usually flower at these celebratory times of year: in November, December, March, and April, though plants can flower anytime from October…

Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, where this orchid grows upon trees, in moist forests.  Schoenorchis fragrans has thick, leathery leaves that have an attractive purple underside, this miniature orchid produces…

Schoenorchis scolopendria is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species with a creeping habit.  In the wild, these orchids can be found growing on the twigs and branches of trees, in the forests of Vietnam. Schoenorchis scolopendria is best grown mounted onto cork or branches, which have…

Schoenorchis seidenfadenii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Thailand and Vietnam. Schoenorchis seidenfadenii produces thick, leathery, textured leaves and pretty pink flowers.  This mini-miniature orchid has an attractive, creeping, spreading growth habit, like other Schoenorchis species, the plants almost twirl around…

Schoenorchis tixieri is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Vietnam and China, where it grows on trees growing in the outskirts of forests. Schoenorchis tixieri has thick, leathery, textured leaves, which are very attractive, the growth habit and appearance of every Schoenorchis species…

Scindapsus pictus trebie is an evergreen climbing plant that’s makes a decorative houseplant.  Plants produce these beautiful thick, heart shaped green leaves that are coloured with a pretty silvery variegation.  Each leaf is rather subtly outlined with silver, it’s really very pretty.  This is a…

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis’ (‘Nonsitnal’) is a new Sedum that was launched to much acclaim, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This new Sedum was voted the winner of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition! Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis’ is a striking looking…

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