Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: The Largest Plant Identification Reference Guide - Dave's Garden

PlantFiles is the largest plant database in the world, with information and photos for 205,588 different plants! View our 356,856 images and read our 131,355 detailed and helpful comments. Search for a plant by its common or botanical name using the green button below, or scroll down the page and browse through hundreds of popular cultivars, or search for plants by their characteristics (height, hardiness, etc.)

Discover which plants grow well in your area, and which plants to avoid. Join the 57,006 gardeners, PlantFiles Pioneers and Uber Gardeners who contribute to PlantFiles, and share what you know.

Browse the most popular cultivars in PlantFiles

African Violets
Apples
Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Beans
Begonias
Brugmansias
Camellias
Cannas
Carrots
Clematis
Coleus
Corn
Crepe Myrtles
Cucumbers
Daffodils
Dahlias
Daylilies
Fuchsias
Gladiolus
Hardy Geraniums
Heucheras
Hibiscus
Hostas
Hydrangeas
Iris
Japanese Maples
Lettuce
Lilies
Melons
Onions and Garlic
Orchid Cactus
Peaches
Pelargoniums
Peonies
Peppers
Plumeria
Potatoes
Roses
Salvias
Squash
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Tulips
Waterlilies

Look for a plant by key characteristics...

with our Advanced Search

  The Latin word of the week  
Echinacea
(ek-in-AY-shee-a)

The cone flower's botanical name is Echinacea. It is from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog or sea urchin, referring to the spiny seed heads of the flower. The Purple Coneflower is a popular member of this genus.

It has long been esteemed for its herbal qualities and was widely used by the Native American Indians and the white settlers, who used it to treat snake bites, rabies, and other wounds.

In the late 1800s, a traveling peddler from Nebraska, one Joseph Meyer, began making a tincture from the root of Echinacea. He touted his tonic as being able to prevent and/or cure poisonous snake bites, giving rise to the pejorative term "snake oil salesman."

Despite its colorful history, Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal remedies used throughout the world today, mainly for warding off colds and flu symptoms.

  The Plant of the Week  
Redflower False Yucca
Hesperaloe parviflora

The coral-red flowers of Hesperaloe parvifolia tower on 5-foot stems that sway gently above a clump of yucca-like foliage, an attraction to hummingbirds. Unfortunately, the soft foliage is also a temptation to deer.

Hesperaloe are closely related to yuccas and agaves, and create rosettes forming from underground rhizomes. The hardy, evergreen succulent is a native Texas and northern Mexico, so it is no surprise that it is drought-tolerant and a good choice for xeric landscaping in zones 6 and warmer. In the late 1980s, the plant was identified as a potential agriculture crop when University of Arizona professors discovered unusual strength the leaf fiber, 3 to 4 times greater than premium softwood pulp.

Since then, many advances have been made in domesticating this plant, and it is now seen as a sustainable source of agricultural fiber. One hectare of hesperaloe could produce as much pulp and fiber as 60 hectares of boreal forest.

The genus name means "western aloe", and refers to Hesperis, a greek mythological figure representing the evening; the specific epithet "parviflora" refers to a somewhat sparse flowerhead. Nonetheless, the flowers are an attractive addition to a perennial border or xeriscape arrangement, and its leaves are much softer than its lookalike yucca cousins.

» Read more about this plant

10 vendors have this plant for sale.

Image

Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall/Early Winter

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 5a to Zone 10b

Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for April 19, 2014  
Image

Fimbriated Dahlia 'Show 'N' Tell'
(Dahlia)

Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Recently Added Images

UserPlantThumbnail
palmbob Cycad, Palma de Pegamento (Glue Palm)
Zamia fairchildiana
Image of Zamia fairchildiana
palmbob Cycad
Zamia encephalartoides
Image of Zamia encephalartoides
palmbob Cycad
Zamia encephalartoides
Image of Zamia encephalartoides
palmbob Cycad
Zamia encephalartoides
Image of Zamia encephalartoides
palmbob 'Alba or Blanco'
Zamia elegantissima
Image of Zamia elegantissima
palmbob 'Alba or Blanco'
Zamia elegantissima
Image of Zamia elegantissima
TomH3787 Long-cupped Narcissus, Large-cupped Daffodil 'Joyce Spirit'
Narcissus
Image of Narcissus
TomH3787 Dutch Hyacinth 'Anastacia'
Hyacinthus orientalis
Image of Hyacinthus orientalis
saya Arizona Beggarticks
Bidens aurea
Image of Bidens aurea
saya Arizona Beggarticks
Bidens aurea
Image of Bidens aurea

Recently Added Comments

UserRatingPlant
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Elegant Attire'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Crown of Royalty'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Clear Skeyes'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Vanishing Mist'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Unshakable Kingdom'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Thistles and Thorns'
Hemerocallis
Farmerdill Neutral Tomato 'Ridgerunner'
Lycopersicon lycopersicum
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Stranger in a Strange Land'
Hemerocallis
Farmerdill Neutral Tomato 'Brickyard'
Lycopersicon lycopersicum
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Soli Deo Gloria'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Skin of My Teeth'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Living Water'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Inscribed on My Heart'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'El Shaddai'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Defining Moment'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Dark Night of the Soul'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Crown of Splendor'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Chariot of Clouds'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Sizzlin' Diva'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Shimmer Down'
Hemerocallis


» Add a new plant to the list

» Add the PlantFiles search to your own website!


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America