Lemon Verbena Care: How To Grow Grow Aloysia Citriodora

Lemon Verbena blooms up close

The Lemon Verbena plant is a herbaceous perennial member of the Verbenaceae family. The botanical name is Aloysia citriodora (kom-OH-sum sit-ree-oh-DOR-uh). Verbena’s hail from Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile, South America.

Is The Red Hot Poker Plant Poisonous?

Collection of red hot pokers or kniphofia growing

New gardeners and old love the red hot poker plant (Kniphofia uvaria, aka torch lily). Hailing from South Africa, the plant is often found in USDA hardiness zones 6 to

Salvia Leucantha Care: How To Grow Mexican Bush Sage

Blooming Salvia Leucantha

Salvia leucantha (SAL-vee-uh loo-KANTH-uh) is a member of the Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-eye) family of plants hailing from Mexico and Central America. This shrubby, evergreen perennial is also known as: Mexican Sage

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea Care Tips

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

Little quick fire hydrangea, is a selection of Hydrangea paniculata (hy-DRAIN-juh, pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh), is a deciduous shrub and belongs to the Hydrangeaceae family.   This is the dwarf form of the

Is The Shamrock Plant Poisonous Or Toxic?

Is The Purple Shamrock Poisonous

We think of the Shamrock plant as a “lucky plant” but is the shamrock poisonous? The Shamrock is actually quite toxic. If ingested dogs and cats can suffer a great

Growing Swamp Sunflower Plants: Helianthus Angustifolia Care

Blooms of the swamp sunflower - Helianthus angustifolius

Helianthus Angustifolia  (hee-lee-AN-thus an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-us) is a native North American wildflower. Angustifolia grows freely in bogs, flood plains, and bottom lands throughout the eastern and southeastern United States.  This perennial wildflower

Tradescantia Tricolor Care Tips

potted - wandering jew - tradescantia tricolor

Tradescantia tricolor (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh TRY-kull-lur) is an herbaceous perennial hailing from the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Mexico.  In the United States and many parts of the world, this cheery

Red Hot Poker Plant Care: Growing Tips For Kniphofia

Blooming Rocket Flower Torch lily

Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh), the red hot poker plant is an herbaceous perennial belonging to the family Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) and hailing from the mountains of tropical South Africa. NOTE: Aloe plants like Aloe

Red Banana Tree Care: Growing Musa Acuminata

Fruit of the Red banana tree

Musa acuminata (MEW-suh ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) is a member of the family Musaceae [banana tree] and goes by the common name “red banana tree.” This is a little misleading, however, as the

Achimenes Plant Care: Growing The Magic Flower

Bloom of the Achimenes

Achimenes plants (a-kim’e-neez) are members of the Gesneriad plant family. There are twenty-six members in this group of perennial plants, all hailing from South and Central America.  You may hear

Is The Lantana Poisonous Or Toxic? The Answer!

Lantana Plant Poisonous

Lantana camara (commonly called Lantana) is a member of the Caprifoliaceae or Verbenaceae family and native to tropical settings such as the Caribbean, South Africa, and Malaysia.  The plant has

Is The Persian Shield Plant Poisonous?

iridescent purple leaves of Persian Shield Strobilanthes Plant

If you are looking for a dramatic display of color for your summertime garden, you can’t go wrong with Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) as a container plant or bedding plant.

Growing Sea Thrift Plants: Care Of Armeria Maritima

Growing Sea Thrift Plants: How To Care For Armeria Maritima

Armeria Maritima [Ar-MER-ee-uh Mar-ih-TEE-muh] is an herbaceous perennial plant, belonging to the sea lavender family Plumbaginaceae (blue plumbago). This plant is native to temperate coastal areas and mountains in the

Shasta Daisy Care: How To Grow Shasta Daisies

White flowers of the Shasta Daisy

Currently one of the most popular types of daisy, Leucanthemum maximum (lew-KANTH-ih-mum MAKS-ih-mum) is a showy member of the Asteraceae family.  It is best known by the common names Shasta