I ordered this up from ‘Plant Delights Nursery’, planted it last month and it has wasted no time getting settled in and growing. I noticed it was also available at the Mercer sale, and was very popular there. The plant will get about 3′-4′ across and 3′-4′ in height, each leaf will get to be about 2′ across. The foliage is extremely shiny and leathery.
It getd yellow, daisy like flowers on long stalks in the late summer, but the foliage is the real attraction. It is so large and shiny the leaves do not look real. ( I’ll post more pictures when it reaches full size and flowers. )
Leopard plant requires moist soil and part to full shade. It does well as an under canopy plant in moist areas.
Survives Houston summers and hard freezes, though I lost a few leaves from the frost.
Easy on the fertilizer, it is easy to burn this plant. And keep an eye out for slugs.
Propagate by division.
If you are tired of hostas, consider this as a replacement plant.
There are also variegated forms and other leaf shapes available.
Survived the great heat and drought summer 2011
Of all the bamboos we’ve tried this one did the best over the cold winter of 2009-2010.
This is a very tightly clumping bamboo, with culms 2″ in diameter and a maximum height of about 40′. The canes are supposed to be whitish-blue, they just look green so far. That may change in time. The leaves are dense so it makes a great privacy screen.
Bamboo loves sun, water and heat. I find it grows best in July, Aug and Sept.
Despite loving water, all of ours did well through the drought and watering ban last summer. I think the roots go deep enough to stay well watered. This was the only bamboo we have that did not die back after the frosts in 2009-2010.
I find mealy bugs like the bamboo, blasting them off with the garden hose takes care of them.
Thrived in the heat and drought of the summer of 2011, sometimes dies back in cold winters.
This one has been especially popular with the neighbors, several have inquired about it as a screen between homes.
This is a plant I picked up a March Mart and it went into bloom late Oct. It is a great plant in that it likes shade and blooms late in the year when little else is blooming.
It will reach 2′-3′ in height when full grown and spread about 2′.
Toad lilies prefer part shade but will bloom happily in full shade too. They will get leggy if they need more sun. Feel free to cut it back, it will grow back up again.
Water should be average to wet, but not dry. It will go dormant if it gets too dry. We are at the lower edge of where it will grow, it prefers a cooler climate.
This one has spread and thrived so far. It is in an area of average dampness and quite shady.
Toad lily handles Houston’s extreme temperatures easily.
Blooms appear in October and it blooms for about a month or two depending on the weather.
If you like unusual flowers, or are looking for a small plant that will bloom in fall in the shade, consider this one. The photos don’t do it justice. This is one of my favorite plants and I’ve put in a second one.
Over half of these plants are found in Japan, where they are native. They have not yet spread much beyond there.
This is one of my favorite plants, it is barely surviving the drought and 3 months of 100′F plus days the summer of 2011, hoping it’ll thrive again when the weather breaks
Pine cone ginger is named for its pink-green pine cone shaped flowers . The flowers appear mid to late summer, start out green and turn red. Small cream colored flowers appear on the cones. The flowers come out of the ground on their own stalks separate from the leaves. Blooming time is supposed to be fall so perhaps I’ll have some flower pictures to post here soon.
Foliage is variegated. Variegated varieties reach about 4′ tall, non-variegated about 7′ tall.
This ginger is easy to grow, clumping and propagated by division. Pine cone ginger is fast growing. It prefers moist soil don’t let it go totally dry. It prefers more sun than shade as do most variegated plants.
The milky substance in the flower cones is used in many shampoos. In medieval times ginger root was so loved it was set on the table nightly as we do with salt and pepper today.
This plant dropped about half its leaves when the weather first went under 40′ and the rest of them when we had the frost earlier this month. It dies back to the ground most, but not all winters here.
It will come back in the spring.
Keep the soil moist, it’ll survive a drought but not happily.
Survived the heat and drought of 2011, one of the few plants to bloom
This plant is much happier since I relocated it to a damper location, it receives some afternoon sun, but is mostly shaded by the nearby plants.
See also:Variegated Shell Ginger