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 215,397 different plants! View our 370,948 images and read our 147,444 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 59,610 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  
Sanguisorba
(san-GWIS-or-ba)

Sanguisorba is from the Latin sanguis ("blood") and sorbere (" to drink, or absorb".) Folk medicine practitioners believed that the sap from this genus would stop bleeding. Native to Europe and naturalized in much of North America, salad burnet was popular in medieval gardens and has been used for flavoring and medicine for centuries. Thomas Jefferson even planted it for erosion control, as it tolerates poor soil quite well.

  The Plant of the Week  
Flaming Torch
Billbergia pyramidalis

Billbergia pyramidalis is a bromeliad, named for 19th century Swedish attorney and amateur biologist Gustaf Johan Billberg. Like most bromeliads, Billbergias are native to tropical regions, but have adapted well to semi-tropical climates, such as Florida in the United States.

This species is commonly called "flaming torch," a reference to the red flowers that appear in late summer, held erect above the green strappy leaves. The flowers are striking from a distance as well as close-up. In warmer areas, the plants will colonize, creating large swaths of color. For those in more temperate climates, The species is well adapted as a houseplant, requiring bright light, medium humidity and minimal feeding.

Billbergias were among the first Bromeliads to be introduced to cultivation in the U.S. Many of them became popular in the late 1800s and early 20th century, as botanists discovered them and brought them back to the delight of collectors and tropical plant enthusiasts.

Carl Thunberg (a contemporary of Linnaeus) named Billbergia in honor of Billberg, whom he called "Botanicus longe celeberrimus, Florae Suecicae elegantissimus Auctor meritissimus." (Translated as "...in honor of the most well known botanist, the most wise author of the elegant Flora of Sweden, Master Gust. Johan Billberg.")

» Read more about this plant

Image

Type of plant: Tropicals and Tender Perennials, Epiphytes

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Light Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 9b to Zone 11

Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm), 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for August 3, 2015  
Image

Tall Bearded Iris 'Breakers'
(Iris)

Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Medium Blue

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm), 15-18 in. (38-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

[ADUNIT]

Recently Added Images

UserPlantThumbnail
Farmerdill Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Styrian Hulless'
Cucurbita pepo
Image of Cucurbita pepo
Sequoiadendron4 Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica
Image of Cedrus atlantica
susannabella Tropical Hibiscus 'Ten Thirty Seven'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Image of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Rickwebb Spotted Lady's Thumb, Red Shank, Crab's Claw, Lady's Pinch, Redleg, Peachwort, Kiss Me Over The Gard
Persicaria maculosa
Image of Persicaria maculosa
Rickwebb Spotted Lady's Thumb, Red Shank, Crab's Claw, Lady's Pinch, Redleg, Peachwort, Kiss Me Over The Gard
Persicaria maculosa
Image of Persicaria maculosa
BelindaClem Gold Moss, Stringy Stonecrop, Graveyard Moss
Sedum sarmentosum
Image of Sedum sarmentosum
beebonnet Winter Squash 'Amazonka'
Cucurbita maxima
Image of Cucurbita maxima
Rickwebb Crowfoot Grass, Goosegrass, Wire Grass
Eleusine indica
Image of Eleusine indica
Rickwebb Purslane, Pigweed
Portulaca oleracea
Image of Portulaca oleracea
KariGrows Burning Bush, Cork Bush, Winged Euonymus 'Compacta'
Euonymus alatus
Image of Euonymus alatus

Recently Added Comments

UserRatingPlant
coriaceous Neutral Allegheny Sloe
Prunus alleghaniensis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Worthy Creation'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Wonder Of It All'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'With All My Heart'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Wait Until Dark'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Vivid Imagination'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Violet Eye Shadow'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Upper Crust Society'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Up in Flames'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Tycoon's Treasure'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Tropical Reflection'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Trial by Fire'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Tournament of Roses'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Thundering Ovation'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Thunder and Lightning'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Tennis Bracelet'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Temptation's Kiss'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Taste of the Tropics'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Sweet Secret'
Hemerocallis
DaylilySLP Neutral Daylily 'Sunset Silhouette'
Hemerocallis


» Add a new plant to the list

» Add the PlantFiles search to your own website!


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 | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America