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Easter Cactus Schlumbergera gaertneri
More often than not these pretty bloomers are sold in hanging pots where their stems and flowers are shown at their best.
From: Brazil
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: In nature these are epiphytic plants and reproducing those conditions will net you the happiest plant -- semi shade and evenly moist organically rich soil. Luckily they are pretty flexible so they will look good without having the perfect situation.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

 

Easter Lily Cactus, Sea Urchin Cactus Trichocereus thelagonus
This is an attractive and very peculiar sort of cactus as it has a penchant for lying down on the job and its branches can become up to seven feet long. It is in the cereus family so it also has fabulous night blooming flowers in the summer.
Benefits:
From:
South America
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: This cactus likes to grow in full sun in well drained soil. For moisture, it prefers an infrequent drenching. It is tolerant of a little bit of cold, but it doesn't really like it if it can be avoided.
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Easter Lily Vine, Heralds Trumpet, Nepal Trumpet Flower Beaumontia murtonii
This is a truly fabulous flowering vine, one you will covet for your garden as I did as soon as I saw the flowers especially as they sat against the backdrop of deep green flourishing leaves.
From: The far east. I think I read somewhere that in Thailand this vine is seen almost everywhere.
Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Planting and care: This wonderful vine loves full sun and will grow to 20 feet or more, flowering in the cool season of a hot climate. It requires water, but is not greedy about it. Probably the easiest way to make a new plant is to cut one of the sturdy stems and stick it in a semi shady soft soil area that will be kept relatively moist. The other method is to retrieve seeds from the 6 to 8" long, 3" diameter deep green smooth seed pods you may find on the vine. We haven't seen any of these pods here in Guatemala so there may be a special pollinator that does not reside here by the lake.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 
 
ECHEVERIAS

**Echeveria Echeveria setosa sp.
This is a very sweet small plant that we now have growing in a turtle shaped clay pot. It does very well with a lot of sun or in a semi shady garden spot too.
From: South America
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: Plant these interesting succulents in a sunny or semi shady place where they will generally do fine with infrequent, but routine rainfall. If you live in a place with a wet rainy season, keep this plant in a pot on the terrace where you only have to water it every few days.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2012
 

Echeveria Echeveria nodulosa sp.
From: Mexico
Photographed:
In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and care: This 8" plant prefers to be in a place in the garden where it receives either morning or afternoon sun. It is not frost hardy.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 
Fire and Ice, Red Tide Echeveria subrigida
Benefits:
From:
Mexico
Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.
Planting and Care: This plant will grow to be about 1 foot high and 1 to 2 feet wide. It will grow in sun or shade and is tolerant of both drought and even some frost. This sounds to me like a plant made in heaven.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

Photographed: In a pot on our terrace in Taxco, Mexico, 2008.

**Hens & Chicks Echeveria elegans or Sempervivum Sp. or Sempervivum soboliferum or Graptopetalum or Aeonium arboreum
This is a lovely plant with circular rosettes of fleshy ice green leaves. This plant thrived in a pot on our Taxco, Mexico, apartment terrace and we had small one growing in a pot in Montserrat, but it never seemed healthy and it finally succumbed. We now have one growing in our new cactus garden in Panajachel, Guatemala.
From: The Mediterranean
Planting and Care: It likes some shade from the hotter mid-day sun and a medium amount of water. It multiplies wonderfully as its name implies so there are large, medium, and tiny rose like sets of leaves at all times. It benefits greatly from a twice yearly cleaning of the old leaves and stems; it will look scraggly for a short while then be twice as beautiful as before.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2008, 2010
 

Photographed: In our garden at our former home in Montserrat, 2008.

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

 

The Rose Echeveria x hybrida
I found the icy green with tinges of pink on the edges especially appealing.
Benefits:
From:
This is a hybrid done I think by a German fellow
Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.
Planting and Care: Plant this in full sun and never in a place that will receive frost. Keep it relatively dry and it should do just fine.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
 ECHINACEA, CONE FLOWERS

Echinacea, Cone Flowers Mixed Echinacea
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

Echinacea, Cone Flower 'Harvest Moon' Echinacea Mathew Saul
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

Echinacea, Cone Flowers Mixed Echinacea
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

 

Echinacea, Cone Flower Echinacea
Photographed: Somewhere on the road in Rhode Island in in 2013.

Echinacea
Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2013.

 

Echinacea, Cone Flower 'Salsa Red' Echinacea Balsomsed
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

Echinacea, Cone Flower White Echinacea
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

 

 
 
**Edible Tree Cactus See The "N" Page NOPAL
 

**Eggplant, Aubergine Vegetable Solanum melongena
A member of the potato family, eggplant has wormed its way into our hearts and tummies, though it is sometimes said to have almost no food value.
Photographed: In our mahogany garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: Eggplant loves warmth and lots of water. The seeds have to be soaked in water the night before planting to encourage germination. We have grown it very happily in pots in both Montserrat and in Taxco and it seems to do as well set out in the garden. Eggplants are ready for harvesting when they give slightly when squeezed. The fruits may become bitter in hot, dry weather, but the plant will recover when cooler weather arrives.
Varieties: I don't know the name of the purple and white variety that was a part of the Montserrat Department of Agriculture's planting program last year, but I would not recommend it. It produces very small eggplants which go from purple and white and ripe to yellow and over ripe in just a couple of days. We now have seeds for two new varieties from Greece, both are black, but "one is long for slicing and the other is round for stuffing," so we were told in fine English at a plant and seed store on the island of Corfu.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2007/2010

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ELEPHANT EARS

**Elephant Ear (1) Alocasia
This is a large-leaved plant whose leaves were once used locally in Montserrat as wrappers for stewed foods and as umbrellas.
Photographed: In our shady terrace garden on the left and just at the end of our upper garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: It grows especially well in shady areas and surprisingly there are large to huge leaved varieties that are identical in all characteristics except size. It is exceptional in its adaptability as it will also grow, though less beautifully, in sunny areas. To transplant an elephant ear plant you simply have to pull it up and place it where you'd like it to be on any descent soil which makes it my ideal type of plant.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2007/©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

**Elephant Ear (2) Alocasia
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 

Elephant Ear 'Black Magic' Colocasia esculenta
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: This is a perennial plant that will appreciate finding a home in fertile moist soil in a lightly shaded garden area. It will grow to be five to six feet tall and wide. It is not frost hardy.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014
 
 
 

**Elkhorn Fern See The "F" Page -- FERNS

 
Elkhorn Cactus See the "C" Page -- CANDELABRA PLANT
 
Emerald Fern See the "F" Page -- FERNS -- Fox Tail Fern
 
Empress Candle Plant See the "C" Page -- CANDELABRA BUSH
 
**Energy Bush See The "C" Page -- COCA
 

Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus, Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus Enchinocereus engelmannii
Benefits:
From:
The southwestern USA and Northern Mexico
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: This plant grows in full sun on rocky and sandy slopes in dry desert regions. It has some cold tolerance and prefers a little more water than true desert plants.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
**Epazote Chenopodium ambrosioides
This herb is commonly used in Mexican cooking; it is almost always added to a pot of black beans just before they are finished cooking to enhance their flavor and to reduce abdominal gas. Clamoli, one of our favorite Mexican dishes, is also flavored with epazote.
Benefits: Aids digestion and kills intestinal worms.
From: Mexico
Link: http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=846

Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2007 and Green GardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: In our garden at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, 2014.

Photographed: In our kitchen at our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

 

Ephedra Ephedra fragilis
From: Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa
Photographed: To the left and right in the Botanical Garden in Naples, and below in Palermo, Italy.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
  

 
Cider Gum Eucalyptus Tree (1) Eucalyptus gunnii
This is normally considered a very healing plant though I have what seems like an allergy to it and its aroma even in throat lozenges. It is a lovely fast growing tree with pale gray round leaves which can eventually grow to be about 100 feet tall.
From: Tasmania
Text Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 

Eucalyptus (2) Eucalyptus camaldulensis
Large eucalyptus trees are majestic in the landscape, but they have their downside too. These trees are fast growers and they absorb all available ground water leaving little for anything else to grow. In Uruguay we saw a huge amount of acreage devoted to producing eucalyptus firewood. Wood is a very commonly used heating fuel there though I can't recommend it as it seems to give off some unpleasant aromatics. Here in Guatemala there are two of these trees adjacent to our property and I delight in them every day.
From: Australia where they provide habitat for the koala bear.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
 
EUPHORBIAS
 

Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.

Mediterranean Spurge Euphorbia characias
Benefits: Its toxic sap has been used to treat skin disorders for many centuries.
Planting and Care: I found this plant growing in both full sun and in the shade. It seemed to be doing fine either way. It does like it rather dry and it doesn't mind salt too much so it would be a good plant for properties near the ocean.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.

 

Medusa's Head Euphorbia caput-medusae L.
Benefits:
From:
S. Africa
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: Looking much like a cactus, it also has similar preferences. It likes to grow in full sun or bright partial shade, it likes it dry and warmer than 45 degrees F.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 

Resin Spurge, Moroccan Mound Euphorbia resinifera Berg.
Benefits:
From:
Morocco
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: This cold hardy succulent grows naturally on mountain slopes. Given good conditions, including full sun and limited water, it will grow to be 1 to 2 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
 
 

Eurasian Smoke Tree, Smoke Bush, Smoke Tree Cotinus coggygria
This shrub seemed something of an apparition when we stumbled upon it. It also seemed very appealing in an odd sort of way. It will grow to be quite large at a height of more than 15 feet
From: The warmer parts of Europe and all the way east to the warmer parts of China.
Photographed: In the Naples, Italy, Botanical Garden
Planting and care: Tolerant of different pH levels and poor soil, it does like to be planted in full sun.
Text and photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

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