This came to us recently as a donation and has done exceptionally well. Wandering Jew comes in many varieties and colors. This variety is known as Purple Heart or Purple Queen. The plant is in the spiderwort family. The plant grows easily through cuttings and division and thrives in partial […]

I don’t have a name for this one, other than the extra large orange flesh papaya a coworker brought back from her house in Molokai. Excellent flavor, sweet — the flavor is almost like a cross between papaya and cantaloupe. Papayas aren’t picky plants. When young, they like water. Once […]

Also known as “Moses in the Cradle,” the oyster plant is hardy and can grow in shade, including indoor lighting. Popular due to its green foliage and purple underside, the plant reproduces through roots and can be divided easily. Good for weed control or shaded areas where other plants may […]

Pandan   Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant commonly known simply as pandan leaves and is used widely in South Asian and Southeast Asian cooking as a flavoring.  Leaves tied in a knot give off a jasmine-like scent and add flavor when cooked with rice.  Pandan is also widely used […]

Papalo Originally from Johnny’s Seeds.  Large, bluish green leaves with a flavor reminiscent of cilantro and arugula. Popular in Hispanic communities where it is used like cilantro.  Heat and drought-tolerant, prefers to dry out before being re-watered.  Also known as summer cilantro because it thrives in exceptional heat. (Seeds also […]

Pele’s Hair / Spanish Moss (Airplant) Also known as Spanish Moss, Green-grey Pele’s Hair is rough, almost vine-like. It absorbs water and nutrients from the air around it.  In Hawaii, it is often used for lei.  It is a succulent, needing only an occasional spray of water for moisture. Best […]

Garlic, Society Garlic (like chives) This plant is often confused with chives because it looks similar and can be used in the place of it. Originating from South Africa, the plant is often used in Chinese or Malay cooking.  The flavor and scent is reminiscent of garlic and the flavor […]

Oregano (Cuban) Cuban oregano, a succulent herb, is native to India and not a “true oregano.”  However, it can be used in place of oregano in cooking and is a hardy plant requiring not much more than sunlight, scant water and an occasional treat of fertilizer.  The plant grows upward […]

Mugwort Mugwort is said to be drought-tolerant and grows to approximately 2.60 feet. Flowers are deep yellow in color and occur in late summer.  Blooms are a great attractor for butterflies and bees.  In a container however, mugwort requires a lot of water and spreads rapidly through roots.  The plant […]

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