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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Broccoli is a lovely vegetable to grow.  Advances in seed breeding have created a more versatile range of broccoli cultivars that can produce a harvest in autumn or late winter, early spring or summer, depending on the broccoli cultivar you choose to grow and the…

Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is a hardy shrub that produces violet coloured flowers, during the summer months.  This Buddleja cultivar was a chance seedling that was discovered growing near other Buddleja cultivars, in Ellen Hornig’s garden, in New York, America.  Hence, Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is named…

Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’ is a fully hardy, medium sized shrub with a naturally bushy habit.  This Buddleja cultivar produces panicles of pink, scented flowers, over a long period, during the summer time.  To extend your plant’s flowering, be prompt in actively dead-heading your Buddleja plant’s…

If you love butterflies, bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects, then you’ll love growing Buddleja davidii, as this shrub is a magnet to these wonderful creatures!  If you’ve not grown Buddleja before, this vigorous shrub is perhaps easier to care for and taller growing than you…

Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ is a distinctive form of Buddleja; its long panicles of indigo coloured flowers are deeper in colour than almost all other Buddlejas.  That’s not the only quality that this plant boasts, Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ produces very large flowers; plants enjoy…

Bulbophyllum ambrosia is a miniature to small sized orchid species that grows as a lithophyte – on rocks and stones, and as an epiphyte – on trees found growing in areas of evergreen and deciduous forest.  This miniature orchid species originates from China, Hong Kong,…

Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from central and western Africa, where this plant grows in warm conditions, in the lower slopes and regions of the forests. This Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ specimen (the plant you see pictured above) is growing inside…

Bulbophyllum sessile is a miniature orchid species.  This epiphytic orchid originates from a number of places in South East Asia, including: Fiji, Burma, Java, Laos, Malaysia, New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.  This little orchid can be seen growing on the small, twiggy branches of…

Cabbages, also known by their botanical name of Brassica oleracea var. capita, are a beautiful and delicious vegetable. The cabbage pictured above is a savoy cabbage, but many cabbage types and cultivars are available for the gardener to grow; each cabbage type has different sowing…

Calendula officinalis, is a short lived perennial, (it’s usually treated as a hardy annual) which can be sown outside, directly where you want the plant to flower.  I find that March through until June is usually the best time to sow seed of Calendula in…

Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is a hardy annual, which produces flowers with either yellow or brown centres, all of which are circled with lemon yellow petals, which become paler in colour as the flowers age. Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is an easy to grow plant, which can…

Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY (‘Kercalsun’) (PowerDaisy Series) came third, in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 Competition.  Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY flowers continuously, from March to November, in all weather conditions.  This new Calendula is virtually sterile, so it won’t set seed all…

Callisia repens is a low growing, tender herbaceous perennial plant from Mexico, North, Central, and South America.  Plants thrive in partially shaded conditions, in shallow, free draining, acid soils.  This easy-to-grow plant readily adapts to a range of circumstances; tolerating both brighter and more shaded…

Callisia repens ‘Turtle Bambino’ is a small, evergreen perennial succulent, with a naturally bushy, creeping spreading growth habit  Plants produce many tiny grey-green coloured ovate leaves.  The underside of each leaf is tinged with purple. This is tender plant that grows well in warm conditions. …

Carrot ‘Oxheart’, or Daucus carota ‘Oxheart’ is an old French carrot cultivar that grows well in both sandy soils and heavier soils.  These stump rooted carrots are are well suited to growing in containers, or in shallow, stony soils.  Although this is a stump rooted…

Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’ (Daucus carota ‘Short n Sweet’) is a brand new carrot from Burpee Europe that has been especially bred to cope with poor and heavy soils.  These carrots produce orange-coloured, small sized carrots that tend to produce carrots measuring up to 10cm…

Carrots, also known by their botanical name of Daucus carota, are an easy to grow, delicious root vegetable.  There are a wide range of carrot cultivars available for gardeners to grow, from the more regularly seen orange coloured carrots, to red, purple, white, or yellow…

Cauliflowers (also known by their botanical name Brassica oleracea) are vegetables that thrive in rich fertile soils; these crops flourish when given regular waterings.  Cauliflowers aren’t the easiest vegetable to grow: you will need to have fertile soil, that’s free of Club Root to succeed…

Celeriac (also known by the botanical name Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) is not the easiest vegetable to grow; these plants have a long growing season and the seeds need to be started off in the warmth, fairly early in the season.  Celeriac seedlings will need…

Centaurea cyanus is an easy to grow annual, also known by its common name of cornflower.  Centaurea cyanus is best sown directly in the soil, where it is to flower.  I love growing Centaurea cyanus!  If you want to grow Centaurea cyanus, sow seeds from March until…

Centaurea nigra has many common names, including Hardheads, Common Knapweed, and Lesser Knapweed.  This hardy perennial can be found growing as a wildflower across Europe.  Plants don’t need any special care, making these herbaceous perennials great plants to grow in containers, or as part of…

Ceratocentron fesselii is an epiphytic plant.  This is a mini-miniature orchid species, which is endemic to the mountain range of Nueva Ecija, on Luzon Island. This miniature orchid is critically endangered.  Sadly despite its rarity, Ceratocentron fesselii is still being over collected.  Instead of allowing…

Ceratochilus biglandulosus is a species of miniature orchid that’s endemic to Java in Indonesia, where this plant grows as an epiphytic plant, growing over moss and lichen covered trees, in mountainous areas. Ceratochilus biglandulosus produces crystalline, white flowers, which are very large in size, especially when…

Ceratostylis philippinensis is a miniature orchid species, which as its name suggests, originates from the Philippines. Ceratostylis philippinensis produces many very fragrant, sweetly scented, white flowers that are about 1cm (0.4 inch) in size. If you’re thinking of growing this miniature orchid, ensure that you can…

Ceratostylis pristina, is a newly described species of miniature, epiphytic orchid that originates from the Kalatungan mountain range, in the Philippines.  Ceratostylis pristina, produces beautiful, pure white, crystalline flowers, which at  about 1-2cm (0.5″) are very large in comparison to the size of the plant.  This…

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