Tulipa cv. – Red Violet

Red Violet, Double.

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The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20150424]

Source: Wikipedia

Tulipa ‘Flaming Flag’

Tulipa ‘Flaming Flag’ = violet riot. Each bloom is a unique flag with the variegation even changing as the blooms age.

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The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20150415]

Source: Wikipedia

Salvia greggii: Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii [Autumn sage] is a herbaceous perennial native to a long, narrow area from southwest Texas, through the Chihuahuan Desert and into the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, typically growing in rocky soils at elevations from 5,000 to 9,000 ft [1,500 to 2,700 m]. It was named and described in 1870 by botanist Asa Gray after Josiah Gregg [1806 – 1850], a merchant, explorer, naturalist, and author of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico who found and collected the plant in Texas.

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^ Salvia greggii ‘Coronado Pink’

It is closely related to and frequently hybridizes with Salvia microphylla. Contrary to its common name, it blooms throughout the summer and autumn.

Salvia greggii is a highly variable plant, with numerous named cultivars, reaching anywhere from 1 to 4 ft [0.30 to 1.2 m] in height and less in width. It can be either upright or mounding. The leaves are typically mid-green and glabrous, tending to be less than 1 in [2.5 cm] long, and with a spicy fragrance. Flower size and color are extremely variable. Flowers reach from .25 to 1 in [0.64 to 2.5 cm] in length, and include many shades of scarlet and red [most common in the wild], along with rose, white, pink, lavender, apricot, and violet.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia

Allamanda blanchetii: Purple Allamanda

Allamanda blanchetii [Purple Allamanda, Violet Allamanda; syn. Allamanda violacea] is an ornamental plant of Allamanda genus in the Apocynaceae family. This is a tropical and tender creeper vine. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

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Bloom Colors: Pink, Rose/Mauve, Magenta [Pink-Purple], Fuchsia [Red-Purple], Scarlet [Dark Red], Violet/Lavender, Purple, Dark Purple/Black, Maroon.

Photos: Gardens by the BaySingapore, 20130124

Source: Wikipedia

Streptocarpus saxorum: False African Violet

Streptocarpus. About 155 species of Streptocarpus are currently recognised. A popular house plant, Streptocarpus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae [Gesneriads]. The flowers are five-petalled, salverform tubes, almost orchid-like in appearance, and hover or arch over the plant. The genus is native to parts of Africa and Madagascar.

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Streptocarpus saxorum [False African Violet, Cape primrose] is a charming Streptocarpus with dainty lilac flowers, member of Gesneriaceae. It is both pretty and tough with succulent foliage which droops, making it ideal for hanging baskets and tall pots.

Streptocarpus saxorum is a small herbaceous plant that forms mounds of about 5-8 cm high. This semi-shrubby stemmed species falls under the subgenus Streptocarpella and the foliage is quite different to the more common Streptocarpus. Its slender, hairy stems spread along the ground crowded with small, matt-green, softly hairy, fleshy, elliptic to ovate leaves that occur in whorls of three. Its branches become slightly woody with age. The young growth is quite flexible and will naturally trail from a suspended container/pot.

Photo: WNC Farmers MarketAshevilleNorth Carolina, 20121014
Source: Wikipedia, www.plantzafrica.com