Mount Dora Identify the Plant
I’m an attractive ornamental plant from South Africa whose leaves have a garlicky odor. I belong to the lily family. I tolerate summer heat well and bloom from summer to fall months. I do best in full sun and in light, sandy soil. Though my foliage will be damaged by temperatures below 25 degrees, I grow back rapidly. My flowers may be lavender, variegated or pink in color. In addition to edible uses, I am known to deter moles from vegetables and other flowers when planted in a surrounding row or border. The garlic fragrance emitting from the plant repels deer, making it useful as a companion plant in the garden and containers. Other uses of crushed leaves from my plant include repelling fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes when rubbed on the skin. What am I?
I will grow in full sun but seem happiest in part sun or part shade. I am a slow grower to about 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. No trimming is necessary other than to remove any browned leaves and stems.
I am drought-tolerant, but do best with regular irrigation and enough time between waterings to dry out. Place me at least 3 feet apart - give me enough room to fan out as I mature. My flowers tend to appear more on outer stems, so don't overcrowd me with other shrubs. What am I?
Orange Birds of Paradise!!
I’m a sacred plant in Hawaii, offering spiritual protection to the bearer of the leaves. I prefer bright sunlight but will tolerate part shade. I will grow up to 4 feet tall and prefer regular watering but not too much. I develop pink, plum, maroon and deep burgundy foliage depending on the level of sunlight I am provided. What am I?
Hawaiin Ti or “Red Sister