Name Ajuga
Genus/Species Ajuga reptans
Family Lamiaceae
Type Perennial, evergreen ground cover
Aka Carpet Bugle
Origin Europe
General Great coverage all year around
Hardy Very
Use Attractive leaves all year around, ground cover
Zones 1 - 24
Attract Bees, butterflies
Sun Full sun to almost full shade
Water Moderate to regular
Soil Prefers acidic
Size Leaves to 6", flowers to 12"
Leaf Round bronze to green
Flower Blue stalks
Bloom Spring to summer
Seeds From stalks
Prune Cut trim and tear out with ease to control
Prop Ground runners re root easily
Danger All parts are poisonous
My notes This is in our bunny run and never have they shown any interest in it. We grow it in full shade and have received many comments about the size of the leaves, which is apprarently, larger than the norm.
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Agave Cactus

Genus/Species Agave americana varigated
Family Agavaceae
Type Succulent
Origin Mexico
General Majestic plant
Use Xeriscaping, center focus
Zones 10, 12-24
Sun Full sun to partial shade
Water Little to moderate, grows quickly if watered
Soil Sandy or average, well drained
Size Eventually to ten feet high and wide
Plant Plant this out of the way where spines don’t harm passerbys
Leaf Long thick, striped swords
Flower 15-40 foot flower stalk with yellow green flowers
Bloom Summer, blooms after ten years
Seeds Unknown
Feed Don't
Prune Hack it back as needed, removed dead lower leaves
Prop Division, babies continually form at its base
Danger Spines can be downright dangerous
Notes: Our thirty year old plant is about 8 feet wide
After flowering, the plant will die back and suckers grow up
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Aloe Vera

Genus/Species Aloe barbadensis or A. vera
Family Liliaceae
Type Succulent, perennial
Origin South Africa
Aka Barbados Aloe, Medicinal Aloe
General Garden must
Use Medicinal and landscape basic, excellent container plant
Zones 8, 9, 12-24
Sun Full sun, part shade in hot climates
Water Little to moderate
Soil Sandy to average, well drained
Size 2 feet by 2 feet
Leaf Thick fleshy sword with spikes on edges
Flower Yellow tubular flowers on a 3 foot stalk
Bloom Spring and summer
Seeds Have not seen any yet
Feed A little feeding goes a long way
Prune Trim off deadened under leaves to keep looking good
Prop Division is easiest
  One pot with four plants will become a zillion plants within the year
  Soak roots in water for easier dividing and separation
Notes: My happiest aloes need dividing at least once a year
Medicinal Cut lower, healthy leaves for any cut, rash, injury.
Medicine garden must
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Name Aloe - Johnson's Hybrid
Genus/Species Aloe
Family Lilaceae
Type Evergreen Succulent
Origin South Africa
Sun Full sun to part sun
Water Low water
Soil Average
Size 18" high 12" wide
Growth Slow
Leaf Very slender standard aloe
Flower Orange groupings
Bloom Late winter to spring
Seeds Sterile
My notes
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Name Amaranth
Genus/Species Amaranth (see notes)
Family Amaranthaceae
Type Annual
Aka Love Lies Bleeding, Tassel Flower
Use Garden attraction, leaves used for salad, seeds high in protein
Zones 24-Jan
Sun Full sin to partial shade
Water Regular water
Size 3-8 feet high, 1-3 feet wide
Flower Drooping stalks
Bloom Summer
Seeds Entire flower stalk becomes seeds
Prune Trim for rebloom
Prop Easily reseeds
Notes: Seeds must be above 70 to germinate
  Love Lies Bleeding = Amaranth caudatus
  Joseph's Coat = Amaranth tricolour, red and green leaves
Prince's Feather = Amaranth hypochondriacus - reddish brown leaves
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Name Angel Trumpet
Genus/Species Brugmansia arborea
Family Solanaceae
Type Evergreen tree or shrub
Hardy Generally to 45
Use Specialty plant, greenhouse plant
Zones Sunset 16-24, USDA 10-12
Sun Full sun in cooler areas, part sun in hotter areas
Water Freely in spring and summer, min water in winter
Soil Prefers light, fertile, well drained
Size See types below
Growth See types below
Leaf See types below
Flower See types below
Bloom Summer to autumn
Prune Can be pruned back hard in spring
Trimming roots do not damage
Prop Cuttings or seeds
Sow seeds in spring, semi ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer
Lateral growth: From above the Y tend to be more bushy and grow faster
softwood cuttings
Upward growth: From below  the Y must grow laterals before blooming
hardwood cuttings
Hybridizing Flowers contain both male and female parts
Most are self sterile, pollen from same plant will not make viable seeds
Pests Spider mites, whitefly, mealy bugs
Danger All parts extremely poisonous
Notes: White spots on cuttings are lenticels or nubbies which become roots
My notes
Winterizing Full sun if stored in WGH at 54 to 64, will flower
Less sun at 41 - 50, growth ceases
Insignis and versicolor, heat lovers, won’t winter under 54
High winter storing temps - move out later in spring & early autumn return
Best movement is when temps of both locations match
6 weeks between watering adult in wainter not uncommon
Wilting in winter means too much water.
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Angel Trumpet Types
B. arborea Evergreen or semi evergreen shrub to 10' x 10'
Narrow oval 8" soft hairy leaves in pairs, smooth margins
Smaller musky scented 6-8" flower
Spineless 2 1/2" fruit
Shorter leaves and flowers than candida
Often really a B. X candida or B. X insignis
Only one listed in 1938 Encyclopedia
White flowers veined in green
B. aurea Evergreen rounded shrub
Oval 6" leaves
6-10" flowers pendent flowers
B. candida Fast growing, 10-12 feet,
Leaves are ovate, downy, dull green to 16"
Sweet scented 8 -12" pendent flowers
Double White has grey leaves
B. Charles Grimaldi CA hybrid involving insignis "Frosty Pink"
Fast growing 10-12, 10' wide
Sweet scented huge 15" flowers, powerful fragrance
Golden yellow to golden orange
B. insignis 10 -12 feet
Spice scented nodding flowers
White, pink, yellow, orange
B. sanguinea 10 - 15 feet
Grows best in cooler areaa
Red yellow pendent flowers
B. versicolor To 15 feet
Sweet scented huge 15" pendent flowers
Night and early morning scent
Will take shhort frosts
Thin long greenish yellow fruits
Peach or apricot, pink, white
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Asparagas Fern

Genus/Species Asparagas sprenger
Family Liliaceae
Type Perennial shrub or vine
Origin South Africa
General Not a true fern
Use Hanging baskets, huge filler
Zones 12-24
Sun Sun or part shade
Water Regular water
Soil Well drained soil with peat or ground bark, will tolerate drought
Size Will drape to three or six feet
Leaf Very fine 1" needles off each long stem
Flower White tiny clustered petaled flowers
Bloom All year, depending on the climate
Seeds Red berries
Feed Average feedings
Prune Trim off deadened shoots
Prop Divide or seed, very reliable seed, very easy
Notes: Our twenty year old is terribly crowded in a 14" pot but thrives just the same
  Leaves will turn yellow in dense shade
Tolerates heat well
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