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Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants (B 1338)

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By Bodie V. Pennisi, Extension Floriculture Specialist
Department of Horticulture

Container gardening has enjoyed an increased popularity in the last decade. With increased urbanization, container gardens have come to the rescue to brighten up patios and balconies. A great many plants have been used in container gardens — from herbaceous annuals, bulbs, succulents and perennials to woody Japanese maples and conifers.

Tender Perennials and Tropical Plants

Particularly in the South, high heat and humidity often combined with drought, present a serious challenge to ornamental gardening. This can be especially true for container gardens, where plant roots have limited soil space to access water and nutrients. Large day-to-day fluctuations in soil moisture and nutrients occur in the enclosed container space. Optimal growth and flowering can be adversely affected. Select plants carefully, with consideration as to whether the plants can not only withstand these conditions but perform satisfactorily under them. In addition, it is a good idea to include plants with significant foliar interest, to supplement flowering materials that may not be at their best throughout the season.

Many plants considered tender perennials and tropicals hold up very well in the challenging conditions and can tolerate extremes of heat, humidity, and moisture. Some are uniquely adapted to low-light environments and can be used in containers suited for shaded areas. These plants are traditionally used as interiorscape plants, but they have shown much potential for outdoor use in the summer as well. Others can tolerate or even thrive in full sun.

Because most interiorscape plants are selected for their attractive foliage, the mixed garden will permanently exhibit interest.

This publication is intended to provide information on successful gardening in containers using tropical plant materials.

high-light adapted plants Figure 1a. Colorful combination gardens made up exclusively of tropical foliage plants. This container features high-light adapted plants and can be used on patios, sundecks, around pools, etc.
plants best adapted for low-light Figure 1b. Colorful combination gardens made up exclusively of tropical foliage plants. This container uses plants best adapted for low-light environments.

Essentials of Container Gardening

Selecting Containers

Because of the great variety of options, choosing containers can be challenging but enjoyable! The price range can be wide, especially for large, terracotta glazed containers, which usually are most expensive. Many people choose plastic containers, which are less expensive. These can be just as attractive as heavy clay pots and not as liable to breakage. You can select moss or coco fiber baskets or plastic baskets. Both work equally well as far as plant performance is concerned.

The style and shape of the container should complement the plants grown. The style and shape also should complement other containers for best display. The size of the container will limit the size of the plant. A wide range of materials is available — plastics, fiberglass, terra cotta, stone and wood.

Containers Figure 2a. Containers
Containers Figure 2b. Containers
Containers Figure 2c. Containers

Make sure that used containers are clean. Wash out any old compost, chemical or paint residues. To help prolong the life of wooden containers, line them with plastic. The type of plants will determine the growing conditions you will need to create.

Unless you are creating a bog garden, the container must have drainage holes. If not, the compost will become saturated and stagnant, killing the plants. A 3- to 5-gallon container should have at least four drainage holes. Containers made of molded foam usually do not come with pre-drilled holes, so you must add them. There’s usually a reminder from the manufacturer so you won’t forget.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting baskets. Moss lining looks natural and allows easy planting through the base and sides of the basket. You can use a black plastic (polyethelene) liner inside the moss liner if holes are pierced through. This helps hold moisture while retaining a “natural” effect. Coconut-fiber matting liners are a woolly-textured, natural-looking fiber that lasts several seasons.

Biodegradeable liners are made from compressed fibers, and will last for 2 years or more. Holes need to be made in sides and base for trailing plants. Plastic, when used alone with pierced holes, is an effective container but it only looks good if plants grow over to camouflage the container.

Soils for containers need to have three key elements: (1) drainage, (2) aeration and (3) water retention. If you use moss, coco fiber baskets or any container that allows high evaporation, consider adding a water-retaining agent to the soil mix. Mix a moisture-retaining agent in the medium (follow manufacturer’s recommendation for mixing rates) or purchase a soilless medium premixed with a moisture retaining agent.

Begonia foliage Figure 3.

Designing with Plants

When planning a container garden, you should follow some basic design principles.

The first design principle is focus. You need to draw the eye toward the center of the container and let the other plants complement and “flow” around this center. In Figure 3, the visually strong Begonia foliage serves that purpose.

The second design principle is balance. This may be accomplished using symmetrical or asymmetrical design. In symmetrical designs, there is an equal amount of plant material on all sides. In the container shown in Figure 3, the vertical begonia pulls the eye to the top right, while the trailing ivy draws the eye to the bottom left creating an asymmetrical effect. In either case balanced design is achieved.

Figure 4.

Form is the third design principle. Each plant in the design has a growth habit, or form. Some plants have a strong upright habit. Others have a sprawling habit, while a third type grows as a mound. Each of these habits can contribute to the overall aesthetic quality of the container garden if used in the right place. In the example in Figure 4, the Elephant ear (Alocasia) gives the design height, the Coleus and New Guinea Impatiens show a mounded habit, and the Ivy drapes over the container’s edge.

A fourth design principle is texture. Various plants have different textured foliage. Some have linear leaves, like grasses, Dracaena or Cordyline. Others have rounded leaves, like the Elephant ear, Begonia, Philodendron and Coleus. A good design will use a variety of textures to make “a feast for the eye.”

A fifth design principle is rhythm. Rhythm is achieved by planting the same or similar-looking plants at repeated intervals. When the eye travels around the container, the viewer gets a sense of a rhythmic movement.

A sixth design principle is proportion. To keep plants and container in proportion and achieve a balanced appearance, the height of the plants should not exceed three times the height of the container. For shallow or small containers, choose plants that will not get too large and/or choose plants with small-sized foliage. For large or tall containers, choose medium to large plants and/or plants with large leaves.

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Figure 8 Figure 8.

Working with Shape, Texture, and Color

Along with the tropical foliage plants, you can use flowering annuals such as Vinca, Wax Begonia, Ivy Geranium, Bacopa, Calibrachoa, Torenia, New Guinea Impatiens, regular Impatiens, Verbena, Portulaca and Lantana.

Caladium cultivars are available in a great variety of foliage colors, shapes and sizes. They can also help “echo” the color of flowers in the container.

Tropical plants boast a wonderful variety of foliage textures and colors. Mix plants with at least three textures of foliage to make a container garden interesting (Figure 9).

Ginger, Calathea, Caladium, Fern Figure 9a. Ginger, Calathea, Caladium, Fern
Dracaena, Asparagus, Hypoestes, Peperomia Figure 9b. Dracaena, Asparagus, Hypoestes, Peperomia
Alpinia, Setaria, Canna, Philodendron, Caladium Figure 9c. Alpinia, Setaria, Canna, Philodendron, Caladium

glossy Begonia ‘Dragon Wing’ Figure 10.

Some good foliage contrasts include downy with glossy, small with large, and yellow or lime-green with purple. Some of those in Figure 10: the glossy Begonia ‘Dragon Wing’ against the matte leaves of Setcresea and the chartreuse of Ipomoea ‘Marguerite’ with the purple of Setcresea.


Plant Positions in the Container

an arrangement of plants Figure 11.

Figure 11 shows an arrangement of plants.

Center plants provide compact, upright growth to fill in the crown of the container. Examples are Elephant Ears (Alocasia, Colocasia), Dracaena, Cordyline, palms.

Filler plants typically have compact, upright growth and round out the top of the container. Examples are Cuphea, Coffee, Ctenanthe, gingers, Graptopetalum.

Corner plants grow well over the container’s edge and benefit from a corner position where they have maximum elbowroom. Examples are: Begonia, Alternantera, bromeliads, Fittonia, Pillea, Peperomia.

Edge plants drape over the side, softening the look of the container and filling out the space between its corners. Examples are Ivy, String of pearls, Hoya, Tradescantia, Selaginella.

Refer to Table 1 for a list of plants, their characteristics and intended use in a container garden.

In a successful container garden all plants combined in one container must have similar water, light and fertilizer requirements.

Where to Place Containers

avoid exposed windy sites Figure 12.

When choosing a location for your container garden, avoid exposed windy sites. (Figure 12) Plants in windy locations use a large amount of water in order to survive. Windy, hot, conditions may require watering every few hours, especially if the plants are large, and/or the container is small.

For locations that receive 4-12 hours of sun a day, select full sun to part shade plants. For locations that receive 2-4 hours of sun daily, select plants for part or full shade. Many tropical plants have flexible light requirements and will grow well in shade, although flowering may be reduced. If using shade requiring plants listed in Table 1, you may include them in the side of the container that will not be exposed to direct sun. This way they will not burn, yet they will receive ample light for good growth.

Fertilizing Tropical Plants in Containers

For best results with tropical plants, regular fertilization should be done with a combination of liquid feed and a slow-release fertilizer. You can apply slow-release fertilizer at planting, mixed in the soil or top-dress, or use a soilless mix with slow-release fertilizer incorporated in. Depending on the duration of the slow-release fertilizer formulation, you may have to make several applications. Follow label directions when applying fertilizers.

Theme Gardens

You may also create a theme garden, such as a fern garden (Figure 13), or a succulent garden (Figure 14). Theme gardens usually combine plant species that are either closely related, such as ferns, or belong to a category, such as cacti and succulents. Since the plants included in a theme usually have similar light, moisture, and nutrient requirements, these gardens are easy to care for.

fern garden Figure 13.
succulent garden Figure 14.

Plant Maintenance

Container gardens need to be gardened Figure 15.

Nothing lasts forever! Container gardens need to be gardened. (Figure 15)

Most plants benefit from pinching, which is the removal of young tissue located at the tips. This encourages branching and fuller growth. Later in the season, trimming may be needed in order to rejuvenate the plant.

Spraying for pests and diseases may be needed; usually insecticidal soap and/or insecticidal oil are sufficient in holding the pests in check.

Remove weeds by hand.


Container Recipes

The following container gardens were created and maintained at the Research and Education Garden at the University of Georgia Campus in Griffin, Georgia. The containers used were 36-inch or larger in diameter, made of foam or plastic. They were planted in late April or early May in bark-based commercial mix, supplemented with a slow-release fertilizer and a water-retention agent.

Combinations for Sun/Part Shade

Combinations for Sun/Part Shade Costus 'Variegatus'
Alocasia
Cordyline 'Purple Knight'
Clerodendron ugandense
Hedychium
Combinations for Sun/Part Shade Alocasia sinuata
Anthericum saundersiae
'St. Bernard's Lily'
Philodendron gloriosum
Syngonium
'Williamsii'
Micania
Caladium
'Brandywine'
Combinations for Sun/Part Shade Colocasia 'Purple Stem'
Cordyline 'Red Star'
Iresine 'Curly'
Talinum 'Jewels of Opar'
Begonia 'Benitochiba'
Combinations for Sun/Part Shade Canna 'Purpurea'
Begonia 'Benitochiba'
Euphorbia 'Burrows Silver'
Rhoeo bermudensis
Iresine formosa
Combinations for Sun/Part Shade Clerodendron ugandense
Cordyline 'Rosa'
Iresine 'Curly'
Acalypha wilkesiana
Anthurium crystallinum

Caladium 'Red Ruffles'
Syngonium 'Christmas'

Combinations for Shade

Combinations for Shade Caladium 'Pink Symphony'
Philodendron gloriosum
Syngonium
'Confetti'
Ficus benjamina
Begonia
'Black Beauty'
Combinations for Shade Philodendron gloriosum
Anthurium crystallinum
Zinzibar
'Midnight'
Xanthosoma 'Magnificum'
Polypodium
Combinations for Shade Alocasia 'Excalibur'
Syngonium 'Neon'
Setcresea
Philodendron
'Prince of Orange'
Iresine 'Curly'
Begonia 'Cherries & Chocolates'

Table 1. Selected commonly marketed tropical plants, their cultural requirements, and recommended use in containers.
Abbreviations: S = full sun, PS = part shade, SH = shade; CE = Center plants fill in the crown of the container, F = filler plants round out the top of the container, CO = corner plants are planted over the container’s edge, E = edge plants drape over the side of the container.
Botanical Name Common Name Light
Level
Container
Use
Acalypha hispida Chenile Plant S/PS CE/F
Acalypha wilkesiana Copper-Leaf Plant S/PS CE/F
Achimenes spp. Magic Flower PS/SH CO/E
Adiantum radianum Maidenhair Fern SH F/CO
Aechmea fasciata Silver Vase PS/SH F/CO
Aeschynanthus marmoratus Zebra Basket Vine PS/SH F/CO/E
Aeschynanthus pulcher Lipstick Vine PS/SH CO/E
Agave americana Variegated Century Plant S CE/F
Agave victoriae-reginae Queen Agave S CE/F
Aglaonema spp. Aglaonema SH F/CO
Allamanda cathartica Allamanda S F/CO
Alloplectus nummularia Miniature Pouch Flower S F/CO
Allocasia spp. Elephant Ear S/PS CE/F
Aloe aborescens Candelabra Plant S CE/F
Aloe barbadensis Medicine Plant S CE/F
Alpinia sanderae Variegated Ginger S/PS/SH CE/F
Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’ Yellow Shell Ginger S/PS/SH CE/F
Alternanthera cvs. Alternanthera S/PS CE/F/CO
Amomum cardamom Cardamon Ginger PS/SH CE/F
Amorphophallus bulbifer Amorphophallus SH CE/F
Ananas ‘Striatus’ Variegated Pineapple S CE/F
Anthurium clarinervium Dwarf Crystal Anthurium SH F/CO
Anthurium hookeri Bird’s Nest Anthurium SH F/CO
Anthurium scherzeranum Flamingo Flower SH F/CO
Aphelandra squarrosa Zebra Plant SH F/CO
Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’ Plume Asparagus S/PS F/CO
Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ Foxtail Fern S/PS CE/F
Aspidistra elatior Cast Iron Plant SH CE/F
Asplenium nidus Bird’s Nest Fern SH CE/F
Barleria repens Coral Creeper S CO
Beaucarnea recurvata Ponytail S CE/F
Begonia spp.
Cane-stemmed (B. sceptrum)
Shrub-like (B. metallica)
Rex-cultorum (B. x rex-cultorum)
Rhizomatous (B. masoniana)
Begonia
Holly-Leaf Begonia
Metallic-Leaf Begonia
Rex Begonia
Iron-Cross Begonia

PS/SH
PS/SH
PS/SH
PS/SH

CE
CE/F
F/CO
F/CO
Billbergia nutans Queen’s Tears SH CE/F
Billbergia zebrina Zebra Plant SH CE
Bougainvillea spp. Bougainvillea S F/CO
Brassaia actinophylla Schefflera S/SH CE/F
Brassaia arboricola Dwarf Schefflera S/SH CE/F
Breynia roseo-picta Leaf Flower S CE/F
Caladium cvs. Caladium SH F/CO
Calathea insignis Rattlesnake Plant SH CE/F/CO
Calathea makoyana Peacock Plant SH F/CO
Calathea zebrina Zebra Plant SH CE/F/CO
Callisia repens ‘Turtle Vine’ Turtle Vine S/PS CO/E
Canna cvs. Canna S CE
Caryota mitis Fishtail Palm S/SH CE
Ceropegia woodii Rosary Vine S E
Chamaedorea elegans Parlor Palm S/SH CE
Chamaedorea erumpens Bamboo Palm S/SH CE
Chamaerops humilis European Fan Palm S/SH CE
Chlorophytum comosum Spider Plant SH CO
Chlorophytum amaniense Fireflash SH F/CO
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Areca Palm S/SH CE
Christia obcordata Butterfly Plant S/PS CO
Christia subbcordata Iron Butterfly Plant S/PS CO
Cissus antarctica Kangaroo Vine PS/SH E
Cissus rhombifolia Grape Leaf Ivy PS/SH E
Cissus rotundifolia Wax Cissus PS/H E
Cleriodendron spp. Glory Bower S/PS CE/F/CO
Codiaeum variegatum Croton S/PS CE/F
Coffea arabica Coffee S/PS CE/F
Colocasia spp. Elephant Ear S/PS CE/F
Columnea hybrids Goldfish Plant PS/SH E
Cordyline terminalis Ti Plant S/PS CE/F
Costus spp. Spiral Ginger PS/SH CE/F
Crassula arborescens Silver Jade Plant S CO
Crassula ovata Jade Plant S CO
Crassula teres Rattlesnake Tail S CO
Crossandra infundibuliformis Crossandra S/PS F/CO
Cryptanthus tricolor Stiff Pheasant Leaf PS CO
Cryptanthus zonatus zebrinus Zebra Plant PS CO
Ctenanthe oppenheimiana ‘Tricolor’ Never-Never Plant SH CE/F
Cuphea cyanea Red Cuphea S F/CO
Cuphea hyssopifolia False Heather S CO
Cuphea ignea Cigar Flower S CE
Cuphea x purpurea Firefly S CE/F
Curculigo purpurea ‘Purple Prince’ Purple Prince SH CE
Curcuma spp. Ginger S/PS/SH CE
Cyanotis kewensis Teddy Bear Plant S/PS CO/E
Cyanotis somalensis Pussy Ears S/PS CO/E
Cyclanthus bipartitus Panama Hat Plant SH CE/F
Cyrtomium falcatum Holly Fern SH F/CO
Cyrtosperma johnstonii Cyrtosperma SH CE/F
Cyathula prostrata Hookweed S CO
Davallia fejeensis Rabbit’s Foot Fern SH CO
Dieffenbachia cvs. Exotica Perfection SH CE/F
Dichondra repens ‘Silver Falls’ Silver Falls Dichondra S/PS E
Dichorisandra reginae Queen’s Spiderwort PS/SH CO
Dicliptera suberecta Flame Bush S CO
Dioscorea discolor ‘Burgundy & Silver’ Ornamental Yam S CO/E
Dischidia spp. Urn Vine PS/SH E
Dizygotheca elegantissima False Aralia PS/SH CE/F
Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’ Janet Craig PS/SH CE/CO
Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’ Warneckii PS/SH CE
Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ Corn Plant PS/SH CE
Dracaena goldieana Queen of Dracaenas PS/SH CO
Dracaena marginata Marginata PS/SH CE
Dracaena sanderiana Ribbon Plant SH CE
Dracaena surculosa Gold Dust Dracaena SH F/CO
Dyckia brevifolia Miniature Agave S F/CO
Echeveria elegans Mexican Snowball S CO
Epiphyllum hybrids Orchid Cacti SH F/CO
Epipremnum aureum Golden Pothos SH E
Episcia cupreata Flame Violet SH CO/E
Episcia reptans Scarlet Violet SH E
Euphorbia milii splendens Crown-of-Thorns S/PS CE/F
Fatshedera lizei Botanical Wonder Plant S/SH CE/F
Fatsia japonica Japanese Aralia S/SH CE/F
Ficus benjamina Weeping Fig S/SH CE/F/CO
Ficus deltoidea Mistletoe Ficus S/SH CE/F/CO
Ficus elastica ‘Decora’ Rubber Plant S/SH CE/F
Ficus lyrata Fiddle-Leaf Fig S/SH CE/F
Ficus parcellii Clown Fig S/SH F/CE
Ficus pumila Creeping Fig S/SH E
Ficus retusa Cuban Laurel S/SH CE/F/CO
Fittonia verschaffeltii Fittonia SH E
Gasteria hybrida Ox Tongue S CO
Geogenanthus undatus Seersucker Plant SH CO
Globba spp. Globba Ginger S/SH CE/F/CO
Graptopetalum amethystinum Jewel-Leaf Plant SH CO
Graptophyllum pictum Caricature Plant S/PS/SH CE/F
Guzmania monostachia Striped Torch SH CO
Gynura aurantiaca Purple Passion S F/CO
Haemaria discolor Golden Lace Orchid SH CO
Hamelia patens Texas Firebush S CE/F
Haworthia fasciata Zebra Haworthia S CO
Hedera canariensis Algerian Ivy S/SH E
Hedera helix English Ivy S/SH E
Hedychium spp. Butterfly Ginger S CE
Heliconia spp. Lobster Claw PS/SH CE
Hemigraphis alternata Waffle Plant S/SH CO/E
Hemigraphis repanda Purple Waffle Plant S/SH CO/E
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Chinese hibiscus S CE/F
Hoffmania spp. Taffeta Plant SH CO
Homalomena wallisii Silver Shield SH CO
Howea forsterana Kentia Palm S/SH CE/F
Hoya carnosa Wax Plant PS/SH E
Iresine herbstii Chicken Gizzard S/PS F/CO
Ixora coccinea Ixora S/PS F/CO
Jatropha integerrima Peregrian S CE/F
Justicia brandegeana Shrimp Plant S F/CO
Kaempferia spp. Peacock Lily SH F/CO
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Christmas Kalanchoe S CO
Kalanchoe diagremontiana Mexican Hat Plant S CE/F
Kalanchoe pumila Dwarf Purple Kalanchoe S E
Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda Plant S CO
Ledebouria socialis Silver Squill PS/SH CO
Ludisia discolor Jewel Orchid SH CO
Macodes petola Gold-Net Orchid SH CO
Manettia inflata Firecracker Plant S CO
Mandevilla cvs. Mandevilla S F/CO
Maranta leuconeura erythroneura Red Nerve Plant SH CO
Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana Prayer Plant SH CO
Miconia magnifica Velvet Tree SH F/CE
Mikania ternata Plush Vine PS/SH E
Monstera deliciosa Philodendron Pertusum SH F/CO
Monstera obliqua Swiss Cheese SH F/CO/E
Musa cvs. Ornamental Banana S/PS CE
Nautilocalyx lynchii Black Alloplectus PS/SH CO
Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’ Tricolor Bromeliad SH CO
Neoregelia ‘Tricolor’ Tricolor Bromeliad SH CO
Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’ Boston Fern PS/SH F/CO
Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ Fluffy Ruffles PS/SH F/CO
Nidularium innocentii nana Miniature Bird’s Nest SH F/CO
Opuntia vilis Little Tree Cactus S F/CO
Opuntia vulgaris Irish Mittons S F/CO
Oxalis flava Finger Oxalis SH/PS CO
Oxalis rubra Red Oxalis SH/PS CO
Pachystachys lutea Yellow Shrimp Plant S F/CO
Pandanus veithcii Variegated Screw-Pine S CE/F
Paphiopedilum hybrids Ladyslipper Orchids SH F
Pedilanthus tithymaloides ‘Variegatus’ Devil’s Backbone S/PS CE/F
Pellaea rotundifolia Button Fern SH F/CO
Pellionia pulchra Satin Pellionia SH CO/E
Peperomia caperata Emerald Ripple SH CO
Peperomia clusiifolia Red-Edge Peperomia SH CO
Peperomia marmorata Sweetheart Peperomia SH CO
Peperomia obtusifolia Baby Rubber Tree SH CO
Peristrophe aureo-variegata Marble Leaf SH CO
Philodendron bipennifolium Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron SH CE/F
Philodendron melanochrysum Velour Philodendron SH E
Philodendron ‘Emerald Queen’ Emerald Queen Philodendron SH F/CO
Philodendron ‘Florida’ Florida Philodendron SH F/CO
Philodendron gloriosum Satin-Leaf Philodendron SH CO/E
Philodendron scandens oxycardium Heart-Leaf Philodendron SH E
Philodendron selloum Tree Philodendron SH CE/F/CO
Philodendron verrucosum Velvet-Leaf Philodendron SH CO/E
Phoenix roebelenii Pigmy Date Palm S CE/F
Phormium cvs. New Zealand Flax S CE
Pilea cadierei Aluminum Plant SH CO/E
Pilea involucrata Friendship Plant SH F/CO
Pilea microphylla Artillery Plant S/SH F/CO
Platycerium bifurcatum Staghorn Fern SH F/CO
Plectranthus australis Swedish Ivy S/SH CO/E
Plectranthus oertendahlii Candle Plant S/SH E
Pleomele reflexa variegata Song of India S/SH CE/F
Plumaria cvs. Frangipani S CE/F
Podocarpus macrophyllus Podocarpus S/SH CE
Polyscias balfouriana Balfour Aralia S/SH CE/F
Polyscias fruticosa Ming Aralia S/SH CE/F
Porphyrocoma pohliana Brazilian Fireworks S CO
Pseudoranthemum alatum Chocolate Plant S/PS CE/F
Pseudoranthemum atropurpureum ‘Variegatum’ Tricolor S/PS CE/F
Pteris ensiformis ‘Victoriae’ Victorian Table Fern SH CO
Rhapis excelsa Lady Palm S/SH CE
Rhipsalis baccifera Mistletoe Cactus S E
Rhipsalis cereuscula Coral Cactus S CO/E
Rhoeo bermudensis Variegated Spiderwort PS/SH CO
Rhoeo spathacea Purple-Leaved Spiderwort PS/SH CO
Rodospatha spp. Pickerel Weed SH CO
Ruellia devosiana Red-Spray Ruellia S/PS F/CO
Ruellia macoyana Trailing Velvet Plant PS/SH E
Rusellia equisetiformis Coral Fountain Plant S CO
Saintpaulia hybrids African Violets SH CO
Sanchezia speciosa Sanchezia S/PS F/CO
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ Bird’s Nest Sansevieria S/SH CO
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ Gold-Banded Sansevieria S/SH CE
Saxifraga stolonifera Strawberry Geranium PS/SH E
Schlumbergera spp. Christmas/Easter Cactus S CO/E
Scindapsus aureus Golden Pothos SH E
Scindapsus pictus Silver Pothos SH E
Scindapsus pictus argyreus Satin Pothos SH E
Sedum morganianum Burro’s Tail S E
Sedum sieboldii October Daphne S CO/E
Sedum spectabile Showy Sedum S CO
Selaginella kraussiana Trailing Spikemoss SH E
Selaginella willdenovii Peacock Fern SH E
Sempervivum spp. Houseleek S CO
Setaria palmifolia Palm Grass S/PS F
Setcresea pallida ‘Purple Heart’ Purple Heart S/PS CO
Sideras fuscata Brown Spiderwort PS/SH CO/E
Sinningia speciosa Gloxinia SH CO
Soleirolia soleirolii Baby Tears S/SH CO
Spathiphyllum cvs. Peace Lily SH F/CO
Stapelia nobilis Carrion Flower S CO
Stephanotis floribunda Madagascar Jasmine S CO/E
Strelitzia spp. Bird of Paradise S CE
Streptocarpus x hybridus Cape Primrose S/PS CO
Strobilanthes dyeranum Persian Shield S/PS F/CO
Stromanthe spp. Stromanthe SH CE/F
Syngonium podophyllum Nephthytis SH CO/E
Tacca integrifolia Bat Flower SH F/CO
Tecoma stans Trumpet Bush S F
Tecomaria capensis Cape Honeysuckle S F
Tetrapanax papyrifer Rice-Paper Plant S CE/F
Tibouchina urvilleana Brazilian Spider Flower S CE/F
Tibouchina grandiflora Glory Bush S CE/F/CO
Tillandsia lendenii Blue-Flowered Torch SH CO
Tolmiea menziesii Piggyback Plant PS/SH CO/E
Tradescantia blossfeldiana Flowering Inch Plant PS/SH CO/E
Tradescantia fluminensis Wandering Jew PS/SH CO/E
Tradescantia sillamontana White Velvet PS/SH CO/E
Tradescantia zebrina Wandering Jew PS/SH CO/E
Vriesea fenestralis Netted Vriesia SH CO
Vriesea splendens Flaming Sword SH CO
Xanthosoma spp. Yautia SH CE/F
Yucca elephantipes Spineless Yucca S CE/F
Zamia furfuracea Zamia S F
Zamioculcas zamiifolia ZZ Plant SH CE/F
Zantedeschia aethiopica Calla Lily S CE/F
Zantedeschia eliottiana Golden Calla S CE/F

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2014