A to Z of plants

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2016, 05:08:04 AM »
 On to B:-
Bauhinia forficata
Unlike its more commonly grown cousin, B. variegata, that flowers in the spring, it produces beautiful white flowers in the hottest period of the year, July/August.
The reason for its lesser popularity may owe something to the nasty little spikes that adorn trunk and branches.


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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2016, 07:05:22 AM »
Bauhinia variegata
Common street tree in Cyprus. Our 3 trees were grown from seed taken from a street tree in Limassol almost 20 years ago.
We also have the variety B. variegata 'Candida' that has pure white flowers.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2016, 07:09:03 AM »
Bergenia cordifolia
These grow well higher up the mountain but have struggled at our lower, hotter altitude despite being well shaded.

Borago officinalis
Self seeds all over and could become a pest if left unchecked so we remove the majority as they appear.

Bosea cypria
Another Cyprus endemic. Not rare but of interest as it is one of only 3 species in the genus. The others being B. amherstiana from the Himalaya region and B. yervamorafrom the Canary Islands. They are all survivors from the shores of the Ancient Tethys Sea.

Bougainvillea spectabilis
Appears to thrive on neglect. The only maintenance being an occasional battle to keep it contained to its space. A battle from which I invariably return torn and bloodied but with a sense of achievement! 

Brugmansia suaveolens
Of the 2 shrubs we have one is in full sun for much of the day and the other in partial shade. The latter fares better.

Brunfelsia pauciflora
Was on my wife's WANT ONE list ever since she saw them in Africa when she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. Ours is in partial shade, gets a reasonable amount of water, flowers well but never really looks entirely happy.

Buddleja madagascariensis
Very lax, unruly plants that dangle from their supports. Attractive flowers, pity about the smell.

Bulbine frutescens
Easily grown, low maintenance ground cover with spikes of yellow flowers.
B. frutescens 'Hallmark' has orange flowers.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2016, 07:11:22 AM »
Moving on to C:-
Calendula officinalis
Another self-seeder that provides cheery splashes of orange in the early spring and are easily removed from unwanted areas.

Calliandra californica
Bought on a whim in 2012 and really struggling to establish.

Callistemon viminalis
Mature tree with bright red bottlebrushes on weeping branches.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2016, 07:13:20 AM »
Campsis radicans
Needs to be kept under close scrutiny since being discovered using its adventitious roots to climb up the wall of the house and push under the roof tiles.

Canna indica
Probably really need more water than we devote to them to look their best.

Cardiospermum halicacabum
Grown very much as a novelty due to the heart-shaped image on each of the little round seeds, hence the translation of its name, Heartseed. Self seeds annually
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2016, 07:14:43 AM »
Carissa macrocarpa
Potentially useful as a security hedge with its vicious thorns. Flowers sweetly scented.

Carthamus tinctorius
Beautiful bright orange flowers. Grown annually from seed.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2016, 07:39:52 AM »
Carya illinoinensis
I believe our pecan tree is the variety 'Mohawk'.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2016, 07:42:03 AM »
    
Cassia fistula
Two small trees that are establishing well. We look forward to them being large enough to produce cascades of yellow flowers.

Ceiba speciosa
Obtained on a whim after seeing a mature specimen in Spain one year. Struggling to establish, gets knocked back by the cold each winter.

Centaurea akamantis
Another Cyprus endemic, this one extremely rare, known from only 2 locations in close proximity to each other. Our plant was obtained from the Cyprus Agricultural Research Institute who were assessing them for gardenworthiness.


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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2016, 07:45:17 AM »
Centaurea cineraria

Centaurea gymnocarpa
Endemic to an area of Italy, I believe, and endangered in the wild but can sometimes be found sold as an ornamental for gardens.

Centranthus ruber
Another prolific self-seeder. We have both the red and white flowered ones.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Still establishing but producing its small blue flowers.

Cercis siliquastrum
Medium-sized tree that performs on cue every year.

Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus'
A curiosity.

Cestrum nocturnum
Unmistakable scent given off from small trumpet-shaped flowers nightly. Can prove too powerful for some.
We also have C. elegans and C. roseum whose flowers are more showy but are lacking in fragrance.

Chasmanthe aethiopica

Chlorophytum comosum

Chrysanthemoides incana
Very drought tolerant ground cover. Useful for growing on banks or cascading down walls.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2016, 04:54:37 PM »
Cistus creticus
Prefers poor soil with good drainage. Very drought tolerant.

And a variety of citrus:-

Citrus aurantium
Bitter orange. We don't make marmalade, my late mother-in-law used to make a 'glyko' (sweet preserve) from the flowers. We keep the trees mainly for the scent of the blossom in spring.

Citrus bergamia
Bergamot. Small tree used for flavouring.

Citrus grandis
Pomelo. Two trees that are too small as yet to produce more than one or two fruit.

Citrus limon
Lemon. Two mature trees, one producing seedless fruit.

Citrus reticulata
Mandarin. Mature tree, prolific fruiter.

Citrus sinensis
Sweet orange. Two mature trees.

Citrus x floridana
Limequat. Small bush but prolific fruiter.

Citrus x paradisi
Grapefruit. Two mature trees.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2016, 04:56:26 PM »
Clerodendrum bungei
Fragrant flowers. Grown in partial shade with access to irrigation. Spreads by suckers.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2016, 04:57:43 PM »
Clerodendrum chinense
Fragrant flowers. Even more prolific suckerer than C. bungei.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2016, 04:58:39 PM »
Clerodendrum x speciosum
Unlike the previous two varieties has shown no signs of suckering.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2016, 04:59:24 PM »
Commelina erecta
Good summer ground cover but ours gets knocked back in the winter. Ice-blue flowers.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2016, 05:41:23 PM »
Sorry, I'm slowing down a bit here but I have been approached by a school in Nicosia to give a talk to some of their students on Mediterranean gardening, so I'm afraid that will have to take priority for a while. It will involve a Power Point presentation and I am frantically trying to put that together. Regular forumers will realize that when I use the word frantic where technology is involved I am not exaggerating! :-[

Convolvulus cneorum
Unlike many of its genus is well behaved, stays compact and is very drought tolerant.

Convolvulus oleifolius
Another well behaved member of the genus.

Correa backhouseana
A fairly recent acquisition that has established quickly. A cutting taken from it is already looking promising.

Cotyledon orbiculata

Crassula arborescens

Crassula 'Flame'

Crassula multicava

Crassula ovata

Crithmum maritimum
Favoured by the Swallowtail butterfly for feeding its caterpillars.

Cupressus arizonica
Grown from seed and heading for the sky.

Cupressus sempervirens var sempervirens
Two fairly young trees.

Cycas revoluta
Two plants growing slowly but steadily.

Cyclamen cyprium
A Cyprus endemic and chosen as the island's National Flower.
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Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)