Project Tag: Houseplants

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’ (Blue Glow Agave)

Common Name: Because the scientific name for this plant is so simple, it is just referred to as “Blue Glow”. The name on the tag when I bought it was “Aloe Blue Glow”, but it is not an Aloe! Scientific Classification: Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae (yep, same as Asparagus!) Sub-Family: Agavoideae Genus: Agave Cultivar: ‘Blue Glow’ is a cultivated hybrid between Agave attenuata and Agave ocahui.¹ Note: … Read More Agave ‘Blue Glow’ (Blue Glow Agave)

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Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’

Common Name: “Sprenger’s Asparagus”; “Asparagus Fern” Note: Despite its common name and fern-like appearance, this plant is not a true fern. In addition, “Asparagus Fern” is a common name that refers to multiple plants. Check out my post, Common Name Confusion, for clarification. Scientific Classification: Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae Genus: Asparagus Species: A. aethiopicus Cultivar: ‘Sprengeri’ Native To: South Africa Growing Specs: Appearance: Sprawling … Read More Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’

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Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

Common Name: “Asparagus Fern” Note: Despite its common name and fern-like appearance, this plant is not a true fern. In addition, “Asparagus Fern” is a common name that refers to multiple plants. Check out my post, Common Name Confusion, for clarification. Scientific Classification: Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae Genus: Asparagus Species: A. plumosus Note: Synonymous with Asparagus setaceus. Native To: South Africa Growing Specs: Appearance: … Read More Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

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Begonia ‘Corralina de Lucerna’ (Angel Wing Begonia)

There are over 1,800 species of Begonia, and I will do my best to address some confusion regarding the species, cultivar hybrids, and common names of a few varieties in question. Common Names: “Angel Wing Begonia”; “Scarlet Begonia”; “Cane Begonia” Note: Begonia ‘Angel Wing’ is a particular cultivar, a hybrid cross between B. coccinea and B. aconitifolia. To make matters more confusing, “Angel Wing Begonia” is … Read More Begonia ‘Corralina de Lucerna’ (Angel Wing Begonia)

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Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

Common Name: “Pygmy Jade”; “Hobbit Jade”; “Finger Jade” Scientific Classification: Order: Saxifragales Family: Crassulaceae Genus: Crassula Species: C. ovata Cultivar: ‘Hobbit’ Note: It is commonly confused with Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’, which has leaves that are entirely tubular. Gollum and Hobbit?… quite a Tolkien duo¹, here! Native To: The Shire. Haha, just kidding! Nursery-produced cultivar (origin species from South Africa). Growing Specs: Appearance: Small-branched, compact, shrubby … Read More Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

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Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ f. variegata

The “f.” in the name stands for “form”, or “forma”. In plant nomenclature, it is secondary to the variety or cultivar. The primary form of this plant is Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’, which is an all-green form. This particular form, the variegata, is the same variety (or cultivar in this case), only it has a different leaf appearance. Common Name: “Pink Ghost Crest”, “Crested Pink Ghost”, … Read More Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ f. variegata

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Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’ (African Milk Tree)

Common Name: “African Milk Tree”; “Cathedral Cactus” Note: Despite some Common Name Confusion, Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’ is not a cactus, nor a tree. Scientific Classification: Order: Malpighiales Family: Euphorbiaceae Sub-Family: Euphorbioideae Genus: Euphorbia Species: E. trigona Cultivar: ‘Rufra’ Note: Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’ is the red form of Euphorbia trigona, which is all green. Native To: West Africa Growing Specs: Appearance: Vertical, upright growth that … Read More Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’ (African Milk Tree)

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Haworthiopsis attenuata (Zebra Plant)

Common Name: “Zebra Plant”; “Zebra Haworthia” Scientific Classification: Order: Asparagales Family: Asphodelaceae Sub-Family: Asphodeloideae Genus: Haworthiopsis Species: H. attenuata Note: Formerly known as Haworthia attenuata. Native To: South Africa Growing Specs: Appearance: Short leaves are arranged in rosettes that are 6-12 centimeters in diameter. The leaves display bands of white tubercles (warty growths). Grows to 6 inches tall. Flowering: Small, tubular white or pink flowers grow … Read More Haworthiopsis attenuata (Zebra Plant)

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Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’

Common Name: “Heart-Leaf Philodendron”; “Sweetheart Plant”; “Vilevine” Scientific Classification: Order: Alismatales Family: Araceae Sub-Family: Aroideae Genus: Philodendron Species: P. hederaceum Cultivar: ‘Brasil’ Native To: Mexico, West Indies, and Brasil Growing Specs: Appearance: Features glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with lime green (and sometimes yellow) variegation. The leaves may have a bronze tinge upon emerging. Leaves are 2-4″ long. Flowering: Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’ rarely flowers, but … Read More Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’

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Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

  Common Name: “Striped Mother in Law’s Tongue”; “Striped Snake Plant” Scientific Classification: Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae (yep, same as Asparagus!) Genus: Sansevieria Species: S. trifasciata Cultivar: ‘Laurentii’ Native To: Nursery-produced cultivar (origin species from Africa). Growing Specs:  Appearance: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ is a robust plant up to 3-4 feet tall with a tight clump of broad, vertical leaves. Dark green leaves are variegated with pale green, zig-zag … Read More Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

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Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ (Tricolor)

Common Name: “Tricolor” Scientific Classification: Order: Zingiberales Family: Marantaceae (often times called the “Prayer Plant” family) Genus: Stromanthe Species: S. sanguinea Cultivar: ‘Triostar’ Native To: Brazil Growing Specs: Appearance: Striking variegated foliage of cream, green, and pink. The leaf undersides are solid pink to burgundy or maroon with pink variegation. Clumps in form up to 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Flowering: Reddish pink flowers emerge in the … Read More Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ (Tricolor)

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Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus

Common Name: “Paper Spine Cactus” Scientific Classification: Order: Caryophyllales Family: Cactaceae Sub-Family: Opuntioideae Genus: Tephrocactus Species: T. articulatus var. papyracanthus Native To: Western Argentina Growing Specs: Appearance: This is one weird-looking cactus! It is relatively small, only growing to about 12 inches high.  It has medium to dark green, pinecone-shaped segments with long, white paper-thin spines. When the spines get long enough, they will … Read More Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus

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Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’ (Wandering Jew)

Common Name: “Wandering Jew”; “Inch Plant”; “Small-Leaf Spiderwort” Note: Several plants have the common name “Wandering Jew”. Check out this post, Common Name Confusion, to see the record set straight. Scientific Classification: Order: Commelinales Family: Commelinaceae Sub-Family: Commelinoideae Genus: Tradescantia Species: T. fluminensis Cultivar: ‘Variegata’ Native To: South America Growing Specs: Woodland perennial weed. It is considered a noxious weed in many parts of … Read More Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’ (Wandering Jew)

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Tradescantia spathacea ‘Tricolor’

Common Name: “Moses-in-the-Cradle”; “Moses-in-a-Boat”; “Boat Lily”; “Oyster Plant” Scientific Classification: Order: Commelinales Family: Commelinaceae Genus: Tradescantia Species: T. spathacea Cultivar: ‘Tricolor’ Note: Synonymous with Rhoeo spathacea ‘Tricolor’. Native To: Southern Mexico; Belize; Guatemala Growing Specs: Appearance: Prized for its gorgeous pink and green striped foliage with magenta undersides. Leaves are sword-shaped and grow up to 1″ wide and 5″ long. The overall plant will grow … Read More Tradescantia spathacea ‘Tricolor’

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Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)

Common Name: “ZZ Plant”; “Zanzibar Gem”; “Eternity Plant” Scientific Classification: Order: Alismatales Family: Araceae Sub-Family: Asclepiadoideae Genus: Zamioculcas Species: Z. zamiifolia Note: There is only one species in the Zamioculcas genus, and that is the ZZ Plant. Native To: Eastern to South Africa Growing Specs: Appearance: Grows up to 2 feet tall from a succulent rhizome. The leaves are pinnate, smooth, shiny, and dark … Read More Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)