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.

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I must confess that I am a little doubtful that my Selaginella plants that you can see in my photograph above are actually true Selaginella apoda.  However, for more than three years I’ve seen exactly the same type of Selaginella on sale at various nurseries and…

Selaginella kraussiana requires a humid environment in partially shaded conditions to grow well.  This pretty plant adds both interest and texture to a terrarium. This Selaginella kraussiana specimen was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  To see more photographs and details of how this Selaginella grew in…

Selaginella kraussiana ‘Brownii’ is an attractive tender, evergreen perennial that forms low, tufted, leafy-green coloured hummocks.  This plant is both interesting and endearing, it’s a great choice of plant for a terrarium or bottle garden.  Selaginella kraussiana ‘Brownii’ can really enhance a miniature landscape and…

Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is also known by its common name of Golden Clubmoss. Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is a low-growing, spreading plant, that really brightens up a terrarium with its pretty, light-green coloured foliage. To see my Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens, please click here.…

Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ is also known by its common name of Martens Club Moss. Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ requires a humid environment and needs to grow in a sunny or partially shaded area to flourish.  Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ grows up to 20cm (8inches) in height. I…

Selaginella pallescens makes a super addition to a terrarium or bottle garden.  This plant is both interesting and beautiful, and it is perfectly suited to the growing conditions a bottle garden provides.  Selaginella pallescens requires very humid conditions to succeed.  If you’re thinking of growing Selaginella pallescens,…

Selaginella uncinata is also called by its common name of Peacock Moss, which references the blue-green, almost metallic colour of this stunning evergreen perennial’s foliage, which has an almost iridescent appearance, resembling the colouring of the peacock’s feathers.  The colour of Selaginella uncinata‘s foliage is most…

Skirret (also known by the botanical name Sium sisarum) is a perennial root vegetable, which enjoyed great popularity in the medieval and Tudor periods, but sadly is rarely grown nowadays.  I expect Skirret’s fall from favour is due to this vegetable producing thinner roots than…

Solanum tuberosum + Solanum melongena EGG AND CHIPS PLANTS have not been genetically modified.  Each plant is from the Solanaceae family, they are completely natural – the aubergine and potato are compatible vegetables from the same family, that have been grafted together, to grow as…

Soleirolia soleirolii (also known by its common name of Mind-Your-Own-Business) is a fast-growing, ground-covering perennial.  The stems of Soleirolia soleirolii root readily, which helps this plant to spread rapidly.  I must warn you, whether you grow this plant indoors or outside, Soleirolia soleirolii can be an…

Spathiphyllum wallisii is known widely by its common name of Peace Lily.  This is such a charming name and very fitting, as the flowers appear like a white flag for peace or a candle of hope.  In Europe, Spathiphyllum wallisii is often grown as a houseplant. …

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Bingo Cupido’ (‘Spapril’) (PBR) is a regular sized Peace Lily plant that has been bred to produce larger sized flowers.  This plant displays a more floriferous habit with a greater number of flowers held during each flowering period, as well as more frequent…

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is my favourite Peace Lily.  This magnificent cultivar is an absolute thing of beauty complete with utterly gorgeous, giant sized, ribbed, glossy green leaves.  I’ve been head-over-heals in love with Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ since I first spotted this plant – it was…

Spinach (also known by the botanical name Spinacia oleracea) is a tasty and fast growing, edible plant that is easily grown from seed.  This is a very versatile vegetable with an extended harvest period.  Spinach can be grown from seeds sown directly into large containers…

Spring onions are easy to grow vegetables that can be sown outdoors, over a long growing season.  In the UK, seeds can be sown from March to September.  Choose a sunny or partially shaded site and sow your seeds directly in the soil, where you…

The word Stelis is taken from the Greek for a small pillar.  Stelis muscifera is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Ecuador and Venezuela, where plants of this species can be found growing at between 800m – 1600m above sea level.  Stelis muscifera…

Stelis stevensonii is a lovely miniature orchid species, which is endemic to Ecuador, where these plants grow in forested areas found at about 1600m above sea level. This orchid species is epiphytic; instead of growing in the soil, in the wild, these plants can be…

Stelis tridentata is a miniature orchid species that grows as an epiphyte – instead of growing in the soil – this orchid grows upon other plants.  In the wild, Stelis tridentata plants can be found growing upon trees in the rainforests of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela,…

Stelis viridula is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Ecuador.  In its natural environment, this diminutive little plant grows upon trees and other plants, in areas of mountainous forest.  Truly a miniature orchid, you’ll need a tripod and a macro setting on your camera…

Strawberries, also known by their botanical name of Fragaria x ananassa, are delicious, easy to grow fruits. Alpine strawberries, which are known botanically as Fragaria vesca, are small plants, which produce tiny, but delicious, often intensely flavoured fruits.  Alpine strawberries are the most shade tolerant…

Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’, also known by its botanical name of Fragaria x ananassa – Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’ (‘Tmstr14pnk’) is the culmination of eight years of breeding work, with flavour as the top quality, or priority, that they were breeding for.  Thompson & Morgan’s breeder…

Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ is a tender perennial that makes a super houseplant. Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ was bred by Dibleys Nurseries.  The parent plants of Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ are part of an ongoing breeding program, which started over 20 years ago.  Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ first flowered…

Please don’t be put off by my photograph of sweet pepper ‘Panache’.  I share this image to show you just how robust this sweet pepper variety is.  This sweet pepper ‘Panache’ plant you can see in the image above was grown in a cut off…

Sweet Pepper ‘Popti’ is a new dwarf pepper, which grows to about 18″ or 2ft (60cm tall).  This new sweet pepper is described as being very healthy, offering resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Pepino Mosaic Virus, Tobacco Etch Virus, Potato virus Y, and Phytophthora capsici.…

Sweet Pepper ‘Redskin’ (Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) F1) is a naturally dwarf sweet pepper cultivar.  These diminutive looking plants produce large sized green fruit that start off green but eventually ripen to red.  The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded Sweet Pepper ‘Redskin’ with…

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