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 […]

Ti Leaf, Green Ti leaf is used for making leis and for wrapping food in for flavor while cooking.  These ornamental plants come in a variety of shapes and colors.  The ones we received were like these, approximately 2-3 feet long and green throughout.  Sun or partial shade, average water. […]

Cholesterol Spinach Purchased at Home Depot as “Cholesterol Spinach,” this most closely resembles Ganura Procumbens. It is also known as the wonder plant, anti-cholesterol plant and longevity spinach.  It grow rapidly and well in the sun.  Propagates by slip.  It is edible and said to be healthy.  It can be […]

Desert Rose, Pink solid Desert Rose, also known as adenium, is an ornamental with a variety of blooms.  (image color is close to the one brought in as a sample with the starter plant) Native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, daily light watering is recommended.  Adenium is a popular […]

Lemongrass Lemongrass is a tropical herb used in Asian cooking, as well as in teas, sauces, and soups. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 6 feet tall. Lemongrass can be grown in containers but must occasionally be split into new ones as the clump expands. […]

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 […]

Oregano (traditional) Traditional oregano, a perennial herb, is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region.  It likes moist well-drained soil and thrives in partial shade.  Oregano makes a great ground cover, putting out roots where the stalk touches the soil.  As an herb it is used […]

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