Tropical Treasures Magazine
Pushing the limits of tropical gardening.
Growing tropical plants in non-tropical climate and indoors.
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Capturing the Clerodendrum:
Growing Butterfly Flowers Indoors
...A fascinating story about tropical clerodendrum collection grown by indoor gardener Ludmila. How-to-grow tips, all secrets you need to know for successfull cultivation of these beautiful flowering exotics indoors, as well as many other flowering tropical plants....
The garden where happiness lives
...The Gurvits family is proud
of their home and garden, and they are
all happy here. When entering the oldstyle
wooden gates adorned with blossoms
of quisqualis and bougainvillea, it
feels like entering into a fairy tale... A story about creating amazing garden with tropical fruit trees in subtropical Florida: useful tips how to make plants happy outside of tropical area, how to fit more trees into your small yard, how to reduce watering and maintenance, how to make the garden enjoying...
Aphrodisiacs: plants of love
...During the course of history, humans
have discovered many plants
with peculiar effects: magical, reality-
altering, and stimulating. In archaic
cultures, these were considered
“plants of the gods.” Ingesting them,
it was said, could lead to contact with
the world of spirits, the realms of the
gods, or other forces of nature not normally
visible. Many of these sacred
plants had interesting side effects,
such as the awakening of sexual desire,
and increased physical pleasure.
These plants were called “plants of
Growing a pomegranate tree
...Of all the plants of Aphrodite,
the pomegranate tree attracted the
greatest cultural interest. The ancient
Egyptians associated it with
love, eroticism, and sensuality...
Aristolochia: A Calico Pipe
With Gynecological Inclination
...One of the greatest things that is realized
while delving into the world of
plants, is the uniqueness that one has
from another. This is unmistakably true
with the Aristolochia. You will be hard
pressed to find another plant that is so
out of the ordinary, and yet, so very
easy to grow.The flower
makes for quite a great conversation
piece; it looks like something out of a
Star Trek episode! Different species
vary in flower shapes, but all of them
are magnetic and bizarre. Distinctive
yet unusual, some species resemble tobacco
pipes, others look like wind musical
instruments, weird hanging “elephant
ears”, or even old night caps. "Birthwort" type of flower associates itself with
childbirth in many ways. When first
viewing this flower, you can easily see
the resemblance between its shape and
that of a birth canal. Some of the flowers
have even been compared to a human
fetus in the womb...
Tambalacoque, the Dodo tree
...Until recently, it was thought that this
species was dying out. There were supposedly
only thirteen specimens left, all estimated
to be about 300 years old.
Though they were all still successfully
fruiting, no young trees
or seedlings were being discovered.
It was hypothesized
that the Dodo bird, which became
extinct in the 17th century, ate tambalacoque
fruit, and only by passing through the digestive
tract of the dodo could the seeds germinate... The tambalacocque
was also nearly extinct
as a result of dodo's disappearance...
Richardia: humble groundcover
from the royal family
When we moved to Florida,
there was one plant that
instantly grabbed my attention.
It was low growing, fast growing,
easy growing and yet, it had all
these pretty baby-pink flowers that
popped up along Florida's highways,
from Central to South Florida in late
summer through fall... It makes a
beautiful ground cover.
I soon got the opportunity to test
this plant in residential landscape....
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