Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aspidistra elatior

Aspidistra elatior
Aspidistra elatior or cast-iron plant was en vogue during the Victorian era. Brought to the UK in the 19th century, it soon revealed itself to be an extremely though plant and could be found in every Victorian parlour in a dark corner.

It has gone out of fashion but as fashions come and go, it is now available at nurseries.

It is an excellent houseplant for beginners as it is extremely resistant to neglect, temperatures down to -5 °C and poor light.

There is a variegated form, Aspidistra elatior variegata, and a dwarf form, Aspidistra elatior minor.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Aglaonema

Aglaonema
Aglaonema is a genus of plants that make excellent houseplants for beginners and are suitable for a shady spot.

The genus includes about fifty species and belongs to the family Araceae, having that family's flowering spadix surrounded by a spathe but it is rather insignificant.

It is its generally variegated foliage which makes the plant attractive.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Asplenium nidus

Asplenium nidus
Asplenium nidus or Bird's Nest Fern is a fern with elegant apple green colored fronds.

It owes its name to the fact that its fronds grow in a circle and form like a nest in the center.

Easy to grow, it will keep for years if it is placed in a bright spot and the soil is kept moist.

This is one of 700 species of Asplenium, many of which are so similar they are difficult to distinguish. So Asplenium nidus rather designates a species complex that includes a group of very similar species.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum
Epipremnum aureum is a fast-growing vine with beautiful green and yellow variegated leaves.

It is also known to Scindapsus, from one of its synonyms. It is related to Philodendron and Monstera and just as easy to grow.

All parts of the plant are slightly toxic, so be careful with small children and pets.

In tropical and sub-tropical regions where it escapes into the wild, the plant is invasive and also banned in several places.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium

Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium
Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium or heartleaf philodendron is fast growing climber and quite easy to care for.

It is also widely known as Philodendron scandens: the plant was identified independantly by different botanists and, in the end, the officially accepted scientific name is P. hederaceum. This is then divided in 3 varieties: var. oxycardium, var. kirkbridei, var. hederaceum.

Oxycardium and hederaceum are the most commonly available, they can be distinguished by the leaves: those of oxycardium are glossy while those of hederaceum are velvety.

All parts of the plant are mildly toxic.