Plant of the Week

Alpinia malacenssis Commonly referred to as “Giant White Shell” Alpinia is a genus of flowering plants in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, named for Prospero Alpini, a 17th-century Italian botanist who specialized in exotic plants. This rare species has stunning snow white flowers with large, soft velvety leaves and that famous gingerly scent. Scientific studies have shown that extracts from its...

Etlingera elatior Torch ginger is native to Thailand, Malaysia and New Guinea. It is sold as a cut flower, used for cooking and used as a medicinal herb. Torch ginger flowers can be found in flower markets and floral shops in the tropics and with modern transportation...

Codiaeum variegatum Croton is a diverse and complex taxonomic group of plants ranging from herbs and shrubs to trees. This genus is pantropical, with some species extending into temperate areas. It is known to be one of the largest and most complex genera of angiosperms in...

Medinilla miniata This stunner grows as a large shrub in the mountains of the Philippines. It tends to arch as it grows with large hanging red flower clusters with red bracts. It has large deep green waxy foliage and the blooms are terminal year round. The...

Calathea crotalifera Rattlesnake plant is a member of the Calathea genus. It is related to common house plants known as prayer plants called this because the leaves fold up at night and when the sun beats down on them. Rattlesnake plant is native to Mexico, Central America...

Orthosiphon aristatus Orthosiphon aristatus is a plant species in the family of Lamiaceae / Labiatae. The plant is a medicinal herb found mainly throughout southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and tropical Queensland. Cats whiskers is related to mint although it does not have...