Allium tanguticum: Lavender Globe Lily

Allium tanguticum is native to Western China and prefer temperate climate. Allium tanguticum is an ornamental onion that produces dense clusters of lavender/purple flowers above dark green narrow leaves.

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Allium is a monocot genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, including the various edible onions, garlics, chives, and leeks, has played a pivotal role in cooking worldwide.

The genus contains hundreds of distinct species; many have been harvested through human history, but only about a dozen are still economically important today as crops or garden vegetables. Many others are cultivated as ornamental plants.

Many Allium species have been harvested through human history, about a dozen are  economically important as crops or garden vegetables. These include onions [Allium cepa], French shallots [Allium oschaninii], leeks [Allium ampeloprasum], scallions [various Allium species], and herbs such as garlic [Allium sativum] and chives [Allium schoenoprasum]. Others are cultivated as ornamentals.

Photo: Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore, 20120713

Source: Wikipedia, VanDusen Botanical Garden

Anthurium ‘Apple Green’

Anthurium is a large genus of about 1,000 species of flowering plants, belonging to the arum family [Araceae]. Anthurium can also be called “flamingo flower” or “boy flower”, both referring to the structure of the spathe and spadix.

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Anthurium Apple Green, tropical flower, is a flower with unmatched qualities flowing throughout it, from the unique head to the bold coloration and signified, lengthy spadix, or the stem shooting out of the bloom.

Photo: Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore, 20120713

Source: Wikipedia

Sedum aizoon ‘Aurantiacum’: Yellow Stonecrop

Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, members of which are commonly known as stonecrops. It contains around 400 species of leaf succulents that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, varying from annual and creeping herbs to shrubs. The plants have water-storing leaves. The flowers usually have five petals, seldom four or six. There are typically twice as many stamens as petals.

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Sedum aizoon ‘Aurantiacum’ is a herbaceous perennial with upright yet compact growth habit to 10 inches tall.

Photo: WNC Farmers MarketAshevilleNorth Carolina, 20121014
Source: Wikipedia, sedumsphoto.net

Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla: Chard

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Chard [Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla], is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. While the leaves are always green, chard stalks vary in color. Chard is being cultivated to have highly nutritious leaves at the expense of the root. Chard is considered one of the healthiest vegetables available and a valuable addition to a healthy diet. Chard has been around for centuries, but because of its similarity to beets is difficult to determine the exact evolution of the different varieties of chard.

Photo: AtlantaGeorgia, 20121028
Source: Wikipedia

Acer palmatum: Japanese Maple Tree

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Acer palmatum, called Japanese Maple or Smooth Japanese Maple is a species of woody plant native to Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. Many different cultivars of this maple have been selected and they are grown worldwide for their attractive leaf shapes and colors. They are highly sought after and are relatively costly trees depending on size.

Photo: Flintstone, GA, 20120929

Source: Wikipedia

Solenostemon scutellarioides: Painted Nettle, Coleus

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Solenostemon scutellarioides is a species of perennial plant. Common names include Coleus or Painted Nettle. The Coleus plant has very colorful foliage and is popular as a houseplant and in gardens. Its geographic origin is Southeast Asia.

Synonym: Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R. Br

Photo: AtlantaGA, 20120728

Source: Wikipedia