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**Lantana Flowering Bush Lantana camara
Not a spectacular flowering bush, but as a hummingbird attractant lantana is terrific. Like so many other plants in a hot weather or tropical garden, the lantana is poisonous. The colors of its flowers range from pink lavender and white through to yellow and orange.
From: It originated in the West Indies.
Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Growth: It grows best in full sun, tolerates dry conditions and appreciates fertilizer.
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Lavatera 'Pink Blush', Rose Mallow, Royal Mallow, Annual Mallow Lavatera arborea
This is a bushy plant growing to be about six feet tall. It can be a perennial, biannual, or annual depending on the variety you purchase.
Benefits: It is said to have medicinal benefits when used externally as a poultice on sprains.
From:
Southern Europe, Southern United States, Mexico and Australia
Photographed: In the Thuya Garden, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care: One of the odd qualities of this plant is its salt tolerance which makes it an ideal plant for gardens near the sea. Give it full sun and routine watering or rainfall and it will do just fine.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
 

Lavender, English Lavender, Narrow Leaved Lavender, True Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender is one of those treasures that blooms all summer on about four foot tall stems. In warmer gentler climates it looks like that in Naples, Italy. In more robust climates like that in Patagonia it also takes on a more robust appearance.
From:
The mountainous areas of western Mediterranean countries, especially northern Spain.
Photographed: On the left in the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy and below in Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina.

Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring 2012
 
 

**Leaf Cactus, Rose Cactus, Wax Rose, Seven Star Needle Pereskia bleo
This very appealing plant has EXTREMELY long and piercing spines which makes it difficult to transplant so try to pick the idea spot for it right away so you never have to move it.
Benefits:
Research is underway to explore its potential in treating certain cancers.
From:
Shady moist forested areas of Central America
Planting and growth:
This is a warm weather cactus which grew beautifully in the Caribbean in a very sunny spot by the entrance and then in the garden in an area that received morning sun. I found it pretty adaptable, but it did seem to require a hefty amount of fertilizer to be at its best. It also likes more water than most other cactus.
Photographed: Growing in a pot by our front door at our former home in Montserrat and later while flowering after being planted in our deck garden.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2008 and GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Mystery solved by Ursula G. living in Southern Germany

 
**Leather Leaf Fern See The "F" Page -- FERNS

Ledenbergia sp.
As you can see in the photographs this is one of those very special shrubs that should find its way into any warm climate garden. I've tried researching it for a common name or truthful for anything else about its growing preferences with no luck so far. I did see one or two of them for sale here at the lake's garden shop, so wish me luck on getting one now that I have a garden.
Benefits:
From:
Photographed:
In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and care:
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Shrub Mystery solved by Ursula G. living in Southern Germany

**Leeks Allium Ampeloprasum Porrum
Being Irish I could easily sing the benefits of leeks if someone were willing to listen. Instead just make a pot of leek and potato soup and you'll know why I would sing.
Benefits:
From:

Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2008 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Photographed: At our former home in Montserrat.

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

**Lemon grass Cymbopogon citratus
We were given a slip of this plant from a neighbor a few months ago. Its appearance is that of a weedy grayish green grass about twenty inches high. It now has a home in our herb garden and is doing very well.
From: India
Benefits: Aside from being a regular ingredient in Thai cooking, it makes a lovely tea.
It also may serve as a non-toxic mosquito repellant.
Planting and Growth: It prefers full sun and regular rain or watering.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2008

Click here to see the lovely lemon grass growing in our herb garden in Montserrat.

Photographed: In our herb garden at our former home in Montserrat.

Photographed: In our herb garden at home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, 2012.

 

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples Italy.

Lemon Tree Citrus limon
Lemons are truly wonderful. After living for many years in Mexico, I became appreciative and well adapted to the limes common there. They are much better than anything I knew as a lime in the States. Still, every now and then I would have loved to have a lemon.
Benefits:
Kidney stones are a common health complaint and they can be extremely painful. Solve the problem before it becomes one by routinely enjoying a glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Lemons contain high quantities of citrates that will likely break down calcium deposits that may eventually become kidney stones.

From: Maybe Asia
Planting and Care:
Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

Sicilians Love Lemons
Photographed:
In the Botanical Garden in Naples Italy.

 

Lentils Lens culinaris
I ate my first lentils in Oaxaca, Mexico, in a Spanish dish made by my eventual husband. I fell in love with them as I had done with him. His recipe on the downside had a voluminous gas problem which made it better for singles.
Benefits: Especially for women, iron is a very important nutrient and lentils are loaded with it. They also provide a hefty dose of B vitamins, zinc, fiber and protein. They may even help to reduce thinning hair. Aside from all of these body benefits, they are also easy to cook and absolutely delicious.
From: The Mediterranean
Photographed: In my garden in the Guatemalan highlands.
Planting and Care: Lentils are in the pea family and prefer it cool. Depending on conditions they will take two and a half months to more than three to mature. Growing to about two feet tall they will appreciate a support system, but will grow without one if more widely spaced. Lentils like to be planted in a place in the garden with full sun, routine rainfall or watering and a rich slightly acidic soil (6 to 6 1/2) enhanced if possible with compost. In the garden, lentils prefer to have potatoes and cucumbers nearby and onions and garlic as far away as possible.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

 
**Leopard Lily See the "B" Page -- Blackberry Lily
 
Lettermann's Ironweed Veronia lettermannii
I remember having a plant similar to this when I lived in Rhode Island. It provided a perfect bright green background for all of the flowers I planted.
Benefits:
From:
Oklahoma and Arkansas
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

 

 
LETTUCE
 

**Lettuce Lactuca sativa
Benefits: The main benefit of lettuce is its wonderful fresh taste and its largely absent calorie count. You can eat pounds of it every day and gain not an ounce. Try having a salad with only freshly ground pepper and generous sprinklings of the best quality balsamic vinegar you can find. Look for one with no additives or buy organic if you can. For nutritional benefits go for the darker or more red leaved varieties. Lettuce is also said to be a high source of silica if that matters to you.
Planting and Care: Lettuce likes well drained soil with lots of organic matter, but it will do fine with less if it has adequate moisture and fertilizer.
       Hot Climate and Tropical Environments:

         In Montserrat or in similar hot climates where the soil is marginal set out small lettuce in a well worked garden where they receive some shade from the hot mid day and afternoon sun. Until you have worked your soil well with compost, bathe them DAILY in Miracle Grow for the first two or three weeks. NO KIDDING!!!! After that surround them with 12/24/12. Keep them well watered and you'll enjoy lots of salad. In Montserrat bugs were not a special problem with lettuce. Surprisingly, we had aphids, but they seemed to attack only our very young celery stalks and leaves. In the several years of growing lettuce there, our lettuce plants had no noticeable diseases or insect damage.
       The British funded Department of Agriculture in Montserrat sold flats of a lettuce variety called Empire. It is relatively good when it works, but it takes a lot of care and bolts too readily to make it a viable commercially grown lettuce in a Caribbean environment. To no avail, we recommended that they try Lakeland a variety most typically grown in Tobago. There the lettuce is wonderful; it has a great flavor, great texture and it survives the heat! We even had friends send us seeds from Tobago for us to plant in Taxco, Mexico, because the lettuce was just so good!
         Sub-Tropical Highland Environments: Growing lettuce at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is relatively easy. Plant the little ones where they will receive morning to noon sun and they will not bolt as quickly as they do in full sun. Fertilize them well when they are young to get them off to a good start and always keep them relatively moist. We have had great luck with a variety called "black seeded simpson." Another one that has done very well for us is "Grand Rapids." It grows quickly and despite its delicate appearance it holds up to punishing rains, heavy winds and very strong sun.
Text & Photo Copyrighted ©KO 2007 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, 2013.

Photographed: At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Photographed: In our Mahogany garden at our former home in Montserrat.

 

Lettuce Seedlings
Photographed:
At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2013.

Romaine Lettuce in a Window Box
Photographed:
At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2013.

 

Romaine Lettuce
Photographed: At our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2015.

 

Young Romaine Lettuce
Photographed: At our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2015.

Romaine Lettuce Maturing
Photographed:
At our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2015.

 

Young Iceberg Lettuce
Photographed: At our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2015.

Young Iceberg Lettuce
Photographed:
At our home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2015.

 
 
Life Plant See the "K" Page -- KALANCHOE -- Donkey's Ears
 
Lignum Vitae Guaiacum sanctum
This is a relatively small tree growing to be at maturity only about thirty feet tall. Its real asset in the garden is that when it flowers it is spectacular! Plant it where its one inch blue flowers will maximize the show. A native of the Caribbean, this was one of the small trees offered in the Montserrat Department of Agriculture's annual almost free tree give-away. We didn't know what it was and so came away without one. We'll soon change that.
Planting and Care: Like the cordia tree, the lignum is a true friend to tropical gardeners. It loves the rain, but it will tolerate a long dry season, and it will grow happily in the sun or in a semi shady area. It does not grow too fast and will normally bloom in the spring.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2008
 
Lilacs Syringa vulgaris
This is a spring flowering shrub that should be enshrined in the gardeners hall of fame. It probably already is in New England. I grew up with this plant and every spring dreamed of the coming abundant flowers with their heady scent. My best friend in all my life had lilacs for her wedding flowers and you can imagine the scheduling problems trying to aim for the most showy flowers of the spring season. I hadn't smelled them in many years when I spotted this one lone bush in Sicily. Slamming on the brakes I got out to take this photograph.
Benefits:
From:
The southern area between Greece and what we knew as Russia.
Photographed: By the side of the road in Sicily, Italy, in 2012.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
**Lily-of-the-Valley Convallaria majalis
Benefits and Risks:
          If I get to it I'll put up a picture of myself as a young child crowned with a wreath of lily of the valley flowers. I loved them and their scent and had no idea of their poisonous nature.
          The entire plant is toxic, but the leaves are especially so. The poison is convallatoxin which strengthens the hearts contractions, but it can as well slow down bringing on a coma and death with other unattractive symptoms along the way. Needless to say, don't eat it!
From:
Photographed:
Planting and Care: In a northern garden with winter's snow and ice, this is a perfect easy to care for ground cover preferring shade to sun making it especially prized. It needs routine rainfall or watering in hot dry summer months. Otherwise it is a darling of northern climate gardeners requiring not much at all.
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Lily Turf, Monkey Grass, Variegated Lily-Turf Liriope muscari 'Variegata'
Lily turf would be marvelous as a stone or brick walkway planting to brighten up a shady garden area. Even better it blooms with stalks of small mauve flowers. Best yet, it is an easy to grow perennial.
Benefits:
From:

Planting and Care: To me this is an especially attractive low growing plant, no more than about a foot tall, that would work well as a border planting in a semi-shady or sunny situation. Give it pretty standard care and routine rainfall or watering and it should do just fine.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

My #12 Plant Mystery was solved by Glenn a visitor to my website who lives in Brisbane, Australia. Many Thanks.

Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2010.

Photographed: At the Hotel Regis on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2012.

 
 
 
 

Lima Beans
I believe the lima bean is closely related to a very popular and affordable bean in Mexico and Latin America -- Abbas. They are one of our very favorites in the cool winter when abba stew is just perfect. What we didn't know until now is that the lima bean comes with a built in defense -- cyanide. They should always be cooked with the top off the pan and the cooking water should be discarded. Thanks Yahoo!

 
Limestone or Lime
Calcium or magnesium ground from limestone rock is normally used in agriculture to "sweeten" soil or make it less acidic. In olden days people actually tasted their soil to see if it were sweet or acid. Then they added to the soil what they believed necessary to correct the pH.
These days the most common way to sweeten soil is to add agricultural lime or ground limestone, though wood ashes are said to work as well. There are two other types of lime: burnt lime also known as quick lime can be used in the garden, but it is very active and can burn plants. Hydrated lime or slaked lime can also be used, but is rarely used because it is extremely caustic.
Note: In Montserrat there is no available ground limestone or what is known as agricultural lime. And, the soil is extremely acidic due to the many layers of volcanic ash that have been deposited over the last decade and to the frequent acid rain that falls when the Soufriere Volcano's sulfuric dioxide emissions flow north over the island and over the area in which we live and combine with a rainstorm. Unfortunately this is not an unusual event. The Agriculture Department has invested in many signs around the island with such advisories as, "Eat from the land, not from the can." They highly recommend backyard gardens, but sadly have none of the equipment to lend or agricultural materials to sell that would see their recommendations come to fruition in productive backyard gardens. As of now you can eat from a can or go hungry.
Hydrated lime is indeed a dangerous material and contact with it should be avoided if at all possible.

For More Information: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/cabarrus/staff/dgoforth/limefaq.html#L7
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2008
 

**Lime Tree, Key Lime Citrus aurantifolia (L.)
     We developed a real fondness for the limes sold in Mexico which are smaller with a thinner rind than what we were used to in the States. In the patio of our apartment in Taxco, Mexico, there was a twenty to thirty foot lime tree growing and I saved some of the seeds from that tree to bring to what was to be our new home in Montserrat in the West Indies. The flavor of these limes is not bitter like bigger limes can be and they are more tart than the bigger limes.
      Lime oil is extracted from the rind of these fruits and Montserrat was once famous for the exportation of lime oil produced from its many lime tree plantations. You are probably familiar with the brand, “Roses Lime” whose juice originated in Montserrat.
      More than a century ago, Montserrat lime juice was carried on British ships to prevent scurvy engendering the nickname “Limey,”
but the island's orchards were severely damaged by disease in the 19th century and lime trees were never replanted for commercial purposes. Even today, lime trees in Montserrat are very subject to what is locally called “die back disease” which starts at the top of the tree and works its way down, eventually killing the tree.
From: Originating in India and Malaysia, this lime is now found in warm climate countries around the world.
Photographed: Just by our wall garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: This relatively small tree prefers to grow in full sun and grown from seed will take from eight to ten years to bloom and produce fruit. We ate the first fruits from this tree just before we sold the property. I wish we could have taken it with us.
      In Montserrat, we were told by locals to water the lime tree with dilute with human urine to reduce the negative affects of ants on these wonderful trees. We heeded their advice and our Mexican lime was about twelve feet tall and very healthy when we left.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com
Recipe:
“Limesicles”
Mix ½ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Heat just until the sugar dissolves then cool and refrigerate. When cold, stir briskly and pour into small plastic cups with popsicle sticks. Freeze.
 
 

LINKS and REFERENCES FOR TROPICAL GARDENING

Books on Tropical Plants and Tropical Gardening

Anderson, Frederick O. How to Grow Herbs For Gourmet Cooking, Meridith Press, New York, 1967.

Honychurch, Penelope N. Caribbean Wild Plants & Their Uses, MacMillan Education Ltd, London, 1986.

Stresau F.A.S.L.A., Frederic B., Florida, My Eden, Florida Classics Library, Port Salerno, Florida 33492-1657, 1986.

Bulbs

http://www.bloomingbulb.com/
The name says it all for this commercial site.

Cactus and Succulents

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/index.html
This is a pretty good non commercial site where you will find lots of information on all sorts of cactus and succulents.

Fruit Trees and Plants

http://www.crfg.org/index.html
This is the website for the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. It is an excellent source of information on any and all fruit trees and fruiting plants you may be interested in growing.

http://www.tntisland.com/fruits.html
This is a lovely site with beautiful photographs of well-known and exotic fruits.

Good Gardening Practices

http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/
This is a good site for lots of information on growing specific types of plants, but more importantly it a good site for looking at your land and gardens in a new way. Even if you live in an apartment, but have a balcony or terrace this is a good site to take a look at.

Herb Gardening

http://www.growingherbs.org.uk/
This is a commercial site with lots of advertising, but it has some useful information as well.

Natural Pesticides and More

Oisat.org/home.html
In their own words this is an "Online Information Service for Non-Chemical Pest Management in the Tropics." This may be one of the best sites I've found to help in managing our unwanted garden visitors.

http://www.ghorganics.com/
This is a good reference site for organic solutions to plant diseases.

Parasitic Plants

http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/index.html
This is a peculiar site, but academically based and amusing as well as interesting. If you are interested in parasitic plants take a look below at the Love Vine.

Seed, Plant and Tree Companies

http://almostedenplants.com
This is a pretty good site for interesting plants. The photography allows you to really see what you are looking at which is a real plus.

Honeyman Seed Order
I haven't given you the website for this company because this is one I really can't recommend. I bought seeds from them last year and in my $50 US order, some of the packets had completely dead seeds, some had 2 or more varieties of seeds and some seemed to be not what I ordered at all. I'm not sure how they stay in business.

http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/gardening/GP/gatepage/SiteMap
This is a good site for the spring catalog of seeds and plants available from this company.

Thompson Morgan.com
Recommended for all types of seeds.

http://www.plantoasis.com/
This is a good site for houseplants, many of which grow outside in a tropical climate.

http://www.TroysTropics.com
This is the web site of a plant supplier in Sarasota, Florida. It has good photographs and helped me identify several of my unknown plants.

Tomatoes

http://www.alltomato.com/
This is a great site with more information than you ever wanted on how to grow tomatoes.

Tropical Plants, Seeds and Trees

TopTropicals.com
This is a great site for photographs to help you identify what you have growing and to see and buy what you might like to have growing. They provide lots of information and photographs on hundreds of plants, only a portion of which they are selling. I have found their plant information very helpful and I'm sure you will too.

http://www.flowersofindia.net/
This is a non-commercial site with the goal of posting information on all of the plants and trees that grow in India. The site is in English, but does offer information in Indian languages as well.

http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/plants/plants.htm
This is a non-commercial site posting information on plants and trees found in Singapore's wetlands.

University Agriculture Department Web sites

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/veggies/basics.html
This is a good site for advice on how, where and when to plant vegetables in your garden.

 
 
 

**Liriope See The "B" Page -- BORDER GRASS

 
**Lily Turf See The "B" Page -- BORDER GRASS
 
Little Bluestem, Bunch Grass, Beard Grass Schizachyrium scoparium
This is a lovely three foot tall perennial grass native to North America. Probably settlers heading west saw a lot of it on the way. I don't know if you can see it in the photograph on the right, but this grass has alternating lavender and blue green stems which are very pretty.
Benefits:
From:
North America
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care: This is a survivor grass which does best in sunny places with well drained soil.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

Lobelia, Asthma Weed, Bladderpod, Emetic Herb Lobelia
This is a very attractive low growing annual in colder climates as it prefers to live its life in warm places. Still as you can see in the photograph it is very appealing.
Benefits:
American Indians are said to have used lobelia as a medicine and it has been included as one of the basic medicinal plants in Chinese medicine.
To learn more about the medicinal value of lobelia: visit webmd
From:

Photographed: At the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI, in the USA in 2014.

Planting and Care: These are pretty easy to grow plants as annuals. In northern places provide a space in the garden with lots of sun. In warmer places, try to place them where they will receive morning to noon sun, but bright light thereafter. They do like to be regularly watered or to receive regular rainfall.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

With my appreciation this mystery plant was solved by Jac from North Norfolk, England

 
Lobelia Speciosa 'Fan Salmon'
  Benefits:
From:

Photographed: In the Thuya Garden, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
**Loblolly Tree
Very common in Montserrat, the loblolly almost always has termites.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2004
 
Lochroma Lochroma grandiflora
From: Central and/or South America
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.
Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

 
**Locust Tree, Stinky Toe Tree (in Montserrat) Hymenaea courbaril L. or Inga megacarpa or Hymenaea animifera
The locust tree is a staple in Montserrat and it was in our garden, especially in the area that bordered the national park. It is a stately tree with deep green shiny hard leaves. Our little agoutis (take a look at the "W" Page -- Wildlife) can be heard cracking the very hard seed pods that fall as this is their favorite food, but watch out yourself as one of these pods falling from thirty feet in the air can do some real damage to your head. The extremely hard large oval pods of this tree are smelly as the local name implies, but despite the smell some folks in Montserrat eat the powdery material inside. This is also a popular treat in nearby Antigua. The West Indian locust is is a handsome tree growing eventually to be about sixty-five feet tall with its deep green shiny leaves providing welcome shade in a tropical climate. We had several at varying ages.
Benefits: The seed pods are great favorites of the largest local wild animal, the agouti. We can often hear them outside in the early morning gnawing on the hard shells of the pods.
Blooms: In Montserrat, they usually bloom in June and July.
Photographed: Below our banana garden our former home in Montserrat.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2009
Benefits: The locust tree provides a very decorative medium brown wood with shades of red for making distinctive furniture.
Parts of the tree have also been used to treat headaches and gout among other things.
From: Central and South America
Photographed: Just below our banana garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and care: The locust appears to prefer very sunny locations with lots of moisture.
Problems: By its very preference of location the locust puts itself at risk from termites who also seem to appreciate moisture. Little can be done about this except avoiding any damage to the bark or branches of your locusts. Do not trim branches unless absolutely necessary for the survival of the tree and be sure to treat cut surfaces with a protective covering. Check with your local agriculture department for their recommendations.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2009

 
Lollipop Plant See the "S" Page -- SHRIMP PLANTS -- Golden Shrimp Plant
 

Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd Luffa cylindrica
This is the vine that produces the wonderful loofah bath scrubbers which, once used, no one can live without!
From: Southern Asia and India
Planting and Care: This vine likes full sun and lots of water. It covers whole yards and walls and produces its bounty in the three month summer rainy season in Mexico. It is not particularly attractive so put it where it will not be a centerpiece in your garden.

Text Copyrighted ©KO 2008

 
Love Lies Bleeding, Pendant Amaranth Amaranthus caudatus
This is one of those creepy plants with furry flowers. My husband loves them, hence I've taken photographs. It is an annual which seems surprising for such a large plant.
Benefits:
From:
South Asia
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Photographed: In Thuya Gardens on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, in 2013. and on the right in the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.

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

Photographed: At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Rhode Island in 2013.

 

**Love Vine, Devil's Twine Cassytha filiformis
This is a terrible parasitic spaghetti like vine that in no short time will encompass and destroy some of your favorite plants, bushes and trees if you live in a tropical or semi tropical climate. Its color is most commonly a deep mustard yellow, but it may also be seen with a more orange or reddish tinge.
Benefits: Cancer patients may be thrilled to know that this plant produces several cancer fighting alkaloids alongside of producing its other health benefits. It is hard to imagine that this very tenacious parasite will ever become extinct so putting up with it will also have its benefits.
Eradication: This takes determination and constant vigilance. As soon as you see a bit of the vine, stop and take the time to prune everything that has been twined by its tendrils being very careful not to drop any small piece on the way to the disposal bucket or wheelbarrow. Burn what you remove to ensure that any seeds that may be viable will not take hold anywhere else.
From: Hades as the Devil's Twine name implies!
Photographed: Just over the fence at a neighbor's home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!
Link for more information: http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/Lauraceae/
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2008
 
**Lucky Bamboo See The "D" Page DRACAENA -- Lucky Bamboo
 

**Lucky Lily See The "D" Page DRACAENA -- Lucky Bamboo

 

**Lupin Lupinus perennnis
These traditional perennial garden beauties come in all sorts of luscious colors which serve as a great tall backdrop for other plants in a wide garden bed. They have a peppery aroma which may or may not be appealing to you if they are used as cut flowers.
Benefits:
From:

Photographed: In gardens in Ushuaia and Rio Gallegos, Argentina, 2012.
Planting and Care: In cooler climates lupin grow well in full sun. Mine have been in the garden at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for three years and have yet to bloom.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

 
 

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