My Jungle Garden Exotic plants for the garden and patio, house plants, orchids, terrariums & hydroponics Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:21:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Jungle Garden 32 32 101380487 Costus barbatus Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:21:46 +0000 Costus barbatus

Costus barbatus or spiral ginger has striking red and yellow torch-shaped inflorescences.

The original habitat is now largely urbanized or cultivated and the plant has become nearly extinct. It has recently been found in a single place in a remaining piece of forest.

Although it is seriously threatened by habitat loss, it is not protected.

It is not......

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Thunbergia mysorensis Sun, 05 Nov 2017 08:38:15 +0000 Thunbergia mysorensis

Thunbergia mysorensis or brick and butter vine is a climber with beautiful yellow and dark red flowers.

It can grow in the garden in the tropics and subtropics but is frost-sensitive. Elsewhere it can grow in a veranda or heated conservatory.

The flowers attract hummingbirds and sunbirds. Bloom occurs place mainly in winter and spring.


Thunbergia mysorensis is......

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Carludovica palmata Sat, 04 Nov 2017 07:12:41 +0000 Carludovica palmata

Carludovica palmata or Panama hat palm is not a palm tree nor from Panama.

It is a herb whose fibers are used to make hats in Panama, from where they are exported.

It is quite easy to grow, it needs a lot of water and does not tolerate drought.

Can be grown in the garden only in the......

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Kerriodoxa elegans Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:09:13 +0000 Kerriodoxa elegans

Kerriodoxa elegans or white elephant palm is a palm tree with beautiful, fan-shaped leaves with white underside.

It grows in only 2 places in Thailand, near the coast.

It can grow in the garden only in USDA zones 10 and 11 but can be grown elsewhere as a pot plant on the patio or as a house plant.


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Tillandsia usneoides Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:38:47 +0000 Tillandsia usneoides

Tillandsia usneoides is called Spanish moss but is not a moss nor a Spanish plant. It belongs to the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae).

It is best known for Louisiana street scenes where it grows in tall, ghostly curtains on trees, but it grows in Central and South America as well.

This is a very easy plant that can......

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Echinocactus grusonii Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:56:02 +0000 Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii or golden barrel cactus is a very striking spherical cactus.

Though it is very popular and easy to grow, it is seriously threatened by habitat loss and harvest.

Growth is very slow.


Echinocactus grusonii is a spherical, later elongated, cactus that grows up to 1 m in diameter.

It has 21-37 ribs, the spines are yellow to white.......

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What to do in the garden in October? Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:24:05 +0000 What to do in the garden in October?

October is the month in which you prepare for the winter in the northern hemisphere.

At the same time you prepare the garden for the next spring for new seedlings and plantations.

You clean up and mow the lawn one last time and protect your frost-sensitive plants.

Pick up the fallen leaves:

The fallen leaves can serve for 2......

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Heliconia longiflora Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:09:09 +0000 Heliconia longiflora

Heliconia longiflora is a slender, tall Heliconia that looks like Zingiber (ginger).

The bracts are bright orange.

Can be grown in the garden only in the tropics, elsewhere in a heated greenhouse or as a orangerie plant.


Heliconia longiflora is a slender plant 2-5 m high.

The leaf blade is lanceolate-elliptic, 17-29 cm long and 5-7 cm wide, long......

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Sabal rosei Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:15:53 +0000 Sabal rosei

Sabal rosei or savannah palmetto is a beautiful solitary palm tree with very slender stem.

It is slightly hardy at -8 to -11 ° C and can grow in the garden until USDA zone 9.

In colder climates, it must be grown as an orangery plant.


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Bactris major Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:46:46 +0000 Bactris major

Bactris major or prickly palm is a very spiny palm tree that grows in groups.

It’s suitable outdoors only for the tropics.

It could probably be grown as a house plant but the many spines could be a problem.

Can be grown as a group or a hedge.


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