Thursday, 28 March 2013

Plant ident 30/01/2013

1. Sarcoccocca ruscifolia (named so because it has ruscus like leaves; Buxaceae family). Has red berries. They are originally from South-East Asia and the Himalayas. All Sarcoccocca has that honey sweet scent, and are wonderful slow growing evergreen shrubs that is quite happy under shade. At Dixter they have self-seeded in different places.


2. Sarcoccocca hookeriana var. dygna. Less berries but they are beautiful almost metallic dark blue


3. Daphniphyllum macropodum (the sole genus of the Daphniphyllaceae family). A shrub or small evergreen tree that is from China, Korea, Japan. One of the plants that is resplendent all year round and frames the cellar area.


4. Eryngium pandanifolium. Had this in a couple of idents. It last appeared in the Umbellifer, a surprising member of the Apiaceae family.

5. Astelia chathamica  (Asteliaceae family). A silvery evergreen bush, the genus is native to the Pacific region.

6. Geranium palmatum (Geraniaceae family). Hardy geranium from Madeira that has bright pink flowers in summer.


7. Dryopteris erythrosora (Dryopteridaceae family). Native to countries like Japan, China and South of the Phillipines. It can tolerate drier soils but prefers moist, humus-rich soils.


8. Euphorbia mellifera (Euphorbiaceae family). All euphorbias has a milky white irritable sap, in order to stop it bleeding you can dip cut surfaces in lukewarm water or charcoal. This one has brown scented flowers in spring.


9. Choisya ternata aka Mexican Orange Blossom, part of the rue Rutaceae family. It has fragrant citrussy white flowers.


10. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'


11. Danae racemosa it is the only species of this Genus (monotypic) and is part of the Asparagaceae family. It is a curious evergreen shrub, as its leaves are actually modified stems sort of flattened at the end.


12. Erysimum cheiri, the original wild wallflower native to Europe. This one has self-seeded into cracks outside of the house and has been impressively flowering since January.


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