Friday, March 14, 2014

Bartlettina sordida..........Blue Mist Flower

One of the most amazing flowering shrubs in the world, the Purple Torch of the Clouds, also known as Bartlettina sordida, is native to the misty cloud forests of  Mexico.

Planted in the Cortijo Azahar  Garden in February

Bartlettina sordida is a fast-growing perennial species in the Aster family, Asteraceae, with an upright habit and woody branches.  
The leaves are a beautiful, velvety green, large & tropical looking, with dark violet veining.
In Spring, the flower stalks rise above foliage. The very upright stalks & stems are deep maroon/purple. 

The fuzzy look of the clusters is due to the thread-like stamens on each flower.  
The blooms have a nice fragrance, smelling somewhat like lilacs.

Bartlettina thrives and grows fast in bright shade & moist, rich soil.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Syngonium podophyllum......Goosefoot plant

Usually grown as a houseplant in colder climes, this  pink leaved Syngonium  is happily growing beneath the black bamboo in the garden at Cortijo Azahar.

Also known as Nephthytis or African evergreen,  this pretty climber can be found growing in trees using its aerial roots to cling on to whatever it is climbing.

 Origins Central America from Mexico to Panama.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Homalocladium platycladum.......Ribbon Plant

 Flowering now at Cortijo Azahar ......

 Evergreen shrub grown for its flattened, jointed, green stems and arrow-shaped leaves.
This shrub from the Polygonaceae, knotweed,  family has both spreading and climbing tendencies.
The tiny flowers are short-lived and compact.
Grow in well-drained soil that is moist in full sun. Will tolerate some shade.
Originally from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

It is also known as Muehlenbeckia platyclados.