Plant of the Week

Maxillariella tenuifolia This orchid is known for its undeniable fresh coconut scent, if only scratch and sniff was a virtual feature! True to its name the coconut orchid stops anyone in their tracks as soon as they smell the aromatic flower. Flowers are produced from the...

Clerodendrum paniculatum The Temple or Pagoda flower is native to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India. It acquired its common name by the shape of the flower clusters that resemble pagodas and temples from Asia. Clerodendrum paniculatum has two color forms, salmon pink and light yellow....

Zingiber spectabile Beehive ginger is native to Malaysia and Thailand. It is used primarily in the cut flower trade but can be used medicinally. The colorful bract is a modified leaf with a flower cluster inside. Beehive ginger was used for the treatment of inflammation of the...

Amherstia nobilis This tropical tree is a critically endangered species of northeast India. It is the only member of the genus Amherstia and is widely cultivated as an ornamental in the humid tropics. It is native to Burma, hence the common name “The Pride of Burma”....

Seemannia sylvatica This genus was recently re-stablished as Seemannia and formerly described as Gloxinia sylvatica. The common name for this widespread cultivation is Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia, native to the Andean regions of South America. The Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia is a stunning winter-flowering sub-shrub that produces sprays of...

Cordyline fruticosa Cordyline fruticosa is an evergreen flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. The plant is of great cultural importance to the traditional animistic religions of Austronesian and Papuan peoples of the Pacific Island. Its original native distribution is unknown, but it is believed to be...