Passiflora suberosa: Corky-stemmed Passion Flower

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Passiflora suberosa is a species of passion flower that is native to the Americas. Its range stretches from Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States south through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to South America. It is commonly known as Corky-stemmed Passion Flower due to the corkiness of older stems. The fruit is not hardy and transitions from green to indigo, purple and, lastly, black as it ripens. This species is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Gulf Fritillary [Agraulis vanillae], Julia Heliconian [Dryas iulia], Mexican Silverspot [Dione moneta] and Zebra Heliconian [Heliconius charithonia].

Photo: my back yard, AtlantaGA. [20130723]

Source: Wikipedia

Caladium sp.: Angel Wings

Caladiums are native to tropical rain forests and the equatorial regions of South America and Latin America from southern Mexico to Peru. Some species are reported from the Caribbean island regions of Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles. Most species come from the Amazon basin in Brazil.

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Caladiums are tuber-rooted tropical perennials grown for their large and showy leaves. Caladiums have no stems; the leaves are borne on long, 6-12 in [15-30.5 cm], petioles [leaf stems] that arise directly from the underground tuber. The petioles are attached to the leaves near the center, rather than at one end, a condition called peltate. Leaf shape, size and color vary among the hundreds of selections, but most are heart, lance or arrowhead shaped, 6-14 in [15-35.6 cm] long, and variously spotted or streaked with pink, red, gray, or white.

Photo: my back yard, Atlanta, GA. [20130723]

Source: Wikipedia

 

Hosta ‘Dream Queen’

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^ Hosta ‘Dream Queen’ is a medium-sized hosta that forms neat spreading clumps. Its large, round to heart-shaped ribbed leaves are blue-green accented with a streaky, narrow center of creamy white.

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Hosta  is a genus of about 23–45 species of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants, native to northeast Asia. The name Hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host.

Hostas are herbaceous perennial plants, growing from rhizomes or stolons, with broad lanceolate or ovate leaves varying widely in size by species from 1–18 in [3–45 cm] long and 0.75–12 in [2–30 cm] broad. The smallest varieties are called miniatures.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130627

Source: Wikipedia

Cosmos sp.: Garden Cosmos

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’

Cosmos is a genus, with the same common name of Cosmos, of about 20–26 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae.

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus

Cosmos is native to scrub and meadowland in Mexico where most of the species occur, Florida and the southern United States, Arizona, Central America, and to South America in the north to Paraguay in the south.

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^ Cosmos sulphureus

Cosmos are herbaceous perennial plants growing 0.3–2 m [10 in–6 ft 7 in] tall. The leaves are simple, pinnate, or bipinnate, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are produced in a capitulum with a ring of broad ray florets and a center of disc florets; flower color is very variable between the different species.

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus

The genus includes several ornamental plants popular in gardens.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130602

Source: Wikipedia

Pansy [Viola x Wittrockiana] Delta ‘Beaconsfield’

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Delta Beaconsfield pansies are large, rich, blue and white petals.  They grow 6-8 inches tall.

Pansies and their viola cousins have become the most popular cool weather annuals over the years as commercial property managers began planting them more than a decade ago to add color and landscaping life to their properties during the fall, winter, and spring months.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Plants That Blooms

Leucanthemum x superbum: Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum × superbum [or Shasta daisy] is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals [ray florets] around a yellow disc, similar to the oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Lam but larger. These daisies were transferred to their own genus of Leucanthemum because they lack some traits of true Chrysanthemums. Shasta daisies are characterized by a distinct odor which some find unpleasant, which makes them unusual amongst flowers.

It originated as a hybrid produced in 1890 by the American horticulturist Luther Burbank, Leucanthemum lacustre [Brot.] Samp. × Leucanthemum maximum [Ramond] DC. It was named after Mount Shasta, because its petals were the color of the snow. Some members of the genus are considered noxious weeds, but the Shasta daisy remains a favorite garden plant and groundcover.

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^ Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snow Lady’

Many cultivars are suitable for cut flowers, such as ‘Becky’, ‘Esther Read’, ‘Silver Princess’, ‘Snow Lady’, ‘Tinkerbell’, ‘Wirral Pride’, ‘Wirral Supreme’.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Wikipedia

Gladiolus hybrid: Sword Lily

Gladiolus [from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword] is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family [Iridaceae]. It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name [plural gladioli, gladioluses, glads].  The genus is distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. The center of diversity of the genus is located in the Cape Floristic Region, where most species were discovered.

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^ Gladiolus hybrid, Grandiflorus group

The genus Gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, mostly South Africa. The flowers of unmodified wild species vary from very small to perhaps 40 mm across, and inflorescences bearing anything from one to several flowers.

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^ Gladiolus hybrid, Grandiflorus group

The spectacular giant flower spikes in commerce are the products of centuries of hybridisation, selection, and perhaps more drastic manipulation.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Wikipedia