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Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' (Tricolor Dracaena)

T ropPlant Accession Number (TPAN) : 0006 Botanical Name: Dracaena marginata Common Name: Tricolor Dracaena, Money Tree, Tricolor Madagascar Dragon Tree Cultivar: 'Tricolor' Family: Asparagaceae  *The plant specifically pictured and discussed in this post is Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' , but the information presented also applies to Dracaena marginata. There are notes to indicate differences. Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' Photo by Matthew Gaston Native To:   Madagascar  Landscaping Information Plant Type : Tree, Indoor Plant Texture: Fine, Open, Sharp Form: Upright-Narrow to Irregular Height (on average, in landscape use):     Outdoors:  8'-15' ; Indoors: 2'- 4' Height to Spread: Grows much taller than wide. A narrow plant.  Growth Rate:  Slow Landscape Values: Accent, Color, Indoor, Lanai, Patio, Quick Effect, Sculptural Form,  Specimen Outstanding Quality:   Foliage Color, Variegat

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. carruthersii (Variegated False Eranthemum)

T ropPlant Accession Number (TPAN) : 0005 Botanical Name: Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. carruthersii (syn. Pseuderanthemum reticulata) Common Name: Variegated False Eranthemum, El Dorado, El Dorado False Eranthemum, El Dorado Eranthemum, Yellow Veined Eranthemum Variety: carruthersii (See Additional Notes at the bottom of the page) Family: Acanthaceae Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. carruthersii  Photo by Matthew Gaston Native To:   Melanesia   Landscaping Information Plant Type : Shrub Texture: Dense Form:   Upright-broad Height (on average, in landscape use):   4'- 6' Height to Spread Ratio: 1:1 Growth Rate: Medium Landscape Values: Background, Border, Color, Edging, Facer, Filler, Foundation, Framing, Hedge (large one really), Mass, Screen, Space Division Outstanding Quality: Foliage Characters Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. carruthersii growing tightly between a walkway and a wall.  Photo by Matthew Gaston

Ipomoea pes-caprae spp. brasiliensis (Beach Morning Glory)

TropPlant Accession Number (TPAN) : 0121 Botanical Name: Ipomoea pes-caprae spp. brasiliensis  Common Name: Beach Morning Glory, Goat's Foot Vine, Puhuehue or Pohuehue (Hawaiian) Cultivar: subspecies brasiliensis Family: Convolvulaceae Ipomoea pes-caprae spp. brasiliensis  Photo by Matthew Gaston Native To:   Across the tropics (Pantropical), especially along the coast   Landscaping Information Plant Type : Vine, Groundcover Texture: Open to Dense Form: Irregular: Creeping Vining Height (on average, in landscape use):   0.5' Height to Spread Ratio:   Spreading, sprawling vine Growth Rate: Medium, Fast Landscape Values: Filler, Groundcover, Mass, Erosion Control Outstanding Quality:   Erosion Control Botanical Descriptions Flowers:   Morning Glory Type Flower;   5 light pink to bright pink to lavender petals fused forming a bell to funnel shaped corolla. Features a star shape, usually colored darker than the rest of t

Thunbergia erecta (King's Mantle)

TropPlant Accession Number (TPAN) : 0154 Botanical Name:   Thunbergia erecta Common Name: King's Mantle, Bush Clock Vine, Bush Thunbergia Cultivar: N/A Family:   Acanthaceae   Thunbergia erecta  Photo by Matthew Gaston Native To:   Tropical,  Western Africa Landscaping Information Plant Type : Shrub Texture: Fine, Dense Form:  Spreading to Round-Headed Height (on average, in landscape use):   4' Height to Spread Ratio: 1:1 Growth Rate:   Fast Landscape Values: Border, Edging, Foundation, Framing, Hedge, Screen, Space Division, Windbreak, Erosion Control Outstanding Quality: Flower Color Thunbergia erecta used as a hedge around moped parking at UH Manoa Photo by Matthew Gaston Botanical Descriptions Flowers:   1.5"-2.5" long,   5   pale to  d eep violet petals with a white to yellow throat. Lightly fragrant. 'Alba' cultivar features white flowers.  Thunbergia erecta flower Photo by Matthew Gast