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Nymphaea ‘lukei’

Nymphaea lukei

Nymphaea lukei is a water lily from the Nymphaceae family of plants. It was collected in 2008 by Surrey Wilfred Laurance Jacobs (1946-2009), an Australian botanist. He was an expert on the taxonomy of aquatic plants. It is native to Western Australia. Nymphaea lukei is named after Luke Jaden Fussell, S.W. L. Jacobs’s grandson. Nymphaea lukei is a day flowering water lily. It is fragrant. Nymphaea lukei has a globose rhizome. ...

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Westringia fruticosa

Westringia fruticosa

Westringia fruticosa is a tender, low-growing, evergreen shrub. It is also known as Westringia rosmariniformis, Westringia villosa, Coastal Westringia, Coastal Rosemary, Australian Rosemary, Victorian Rosemary, or Coast Rosemary. It is native to Australia. Westringia fruticosa is a hardy plant. It usually grows on cliffs by the ocean. Westringia fruticosa is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. Therefore it is related to the mint. Any rosemary references in its common ...

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Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Grevillea rosmarinifolia is also known as Rosemary Grevillea. It is a bushy evergreen shrub. Rosmarinifolia refers to the rosemary-like leaves. It is native to Australia. Grevillea rosmarinifolia is part of the Proteaceae family of plants. Grevillea rosmarinifolia was first mentioned by Allan Cunningham (1791-1839). He was an English botanist who is known for his travels to Australia. Grevillea rosmarinifolia Grevillea flowers from late winter to spring. The flowers are spider-like. ...

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Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’

Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask'

Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’ or Tea Tree ‘Red Damask’ is part of the Myrtaceae family of plants. It is commonly known as Mānuka, Manuka, Manuka Myrtle, New Zealand Tea Tree, or Broom Tea Tree. It is native to New Zealand and Southeast Australia. Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’ is a medium-sized shrub that flowers profusely attracting bees and butterflies. Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’ It has aromatic, needle-like, dark green foliage. Flowers appear from April to ...

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Crinum asiaticum

Crinum asiaticum

Crinum asiaticum is also known as the Poison bulb, Spider Lily, Giant Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum Lily, Asiatic Poison bulb, Mangrove Lily, or St. John’s Lily. It is a tender bulbous perennial. It is in the Amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae. It is native to Indian Ocean Islands, East Asia, Tropical Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. The name is from the Greek word “krinon” which means “lily”. Asiaticum refers to being ...

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Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’

Leptospermum scoparium 'Apple Blossom'

Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ is also known as the New Zealand Tea Tree Apple Blossom, Mānuka, Manuka Myrtle, Broom Tea Tree, Jelly Bush, or Tea Tree. It is native to New Zealand, Chatham Island, and Southeast Australia. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family of plants. Scoparium in Latin means “broom-like”. Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ is an evergreen shrub with prickly, narrow, elliptical, or needle-like leaves. They are green with a ...

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Boronia crenulata ‘Shark Bay’

Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay'

Boronia crenulata ‘Shark Bay’ or Shark Bay Aniseed Boronia is native to western Australia. It is part of the Rutaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen dwarf shrub. It blooms from winter through summer. All year-round, especially in temperate zones. Boronia crenulata ‘Shark Bay’ can grow to about 4ft or 120cm. It has small aromatic leaves. The pink flower has four petals with a yellow center. Boronia crenulata ‘Shark ...

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Coleus argentatus or Plectranthus argentatus

Plectranthus argentatus or Coleus argentatus

Both names Plectranthus and Coleus are recognized. Charles Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) a French botanist, in 1788, placed it in Plectranthus. In 1790, João de Loureiro (1717-1791), a Portuguese botanist renamed it Coleus. In descriptions in the 1800s, they were separated due to the details of the stamens. In 1962, J. K. Morton in the Journal of the Linnean Society of London moved it into Plectranthus. Coleus argentatus or ...

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Helichrysum bracteatum

Xerochrysum bracteatum

Xerochrysum bracteatum is also known as Everlasting Flower. They previously called it Helichrysum bracteatum. It is native to Australia. It is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. Étienne Pierre Ventenat (1757-1808) first described Xerochrysum bracteatum by the name Helichrysum bracteatum. He was a French botanist. In 1803, he published Le Jardin de la Malmaison. This book was commissioned by Napoleon’s wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763–1814). Her goal was to ...

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Callistemon viminalis

Callistemon viminalis

Callistemon viminalis is also known as Melaleuca viminalis or Weeping bottlebrush is from the Myrtaceae family of plants and native to Australia. Actually they are native to more coastal Australia such as Queensland and New South Wales. It is a large shrub or smaller tree and can grow to about 10m or 30ft. It is very similar to Callistemon citrinus but this shrub or tree is weeping rather than upright. ...

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