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Cheilocostus speciosus (Costus speciosus) with crepe-like flowers

Cheilocostus speciosus; syn: Costus speciosus (Spiral Ginger, Crepe Ginger, White costus, Cane Reed)

Cheilocostus speciosus, syn: Costus speciosus (Crepe/Crape Ginger, Spiral Ginger, White Costus) in the neighbourhoodFree-flowering Cheilocostus speciosus (its current accepted name) is one of the most attractive and well-known cultivated species of the genus Cheilocostus. A lovely clustering plant with tall reed-like stems that are topped with large snowy-white and crepe-textured flowers on terminal cones.

These last 4-5 years, we’ve observed them fast gaining popularity as eye-catching garden specimens or dramatic landscape plants in our neighbourhood and elsewhere. And, we never realized earlier that we’ve also grown it before in a container!

Spiral stem of Cheilocostus speciosus (Crepe Ginger, White Costus, Cane Reed, Spiral Flag) in our garden, June 25 2007What a wonderful surprise! In researching to write this post, I’ve finally discovered that the NOID plant as seen in the left photo with marvelous spiral stems that sprung mysteriously in our garden in 2007 is Cheilocostus speciosus after all!

Its growth pattern had fascinated us so. Some stems grew strong and upright while others would be contorted in a spiral manner at the upper end, or start in a spiral pattern but may suddenly change course and straighten undecidedly.

We found this manner of stem growth weird, yet amazingly beautiful and attractive in the same breath.

September 2011: our tropical garden update

We’ve been growing Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) for umpteen years, so long that we won’t give them a second look when we visit garden centers – or so we thought. Recently though, we were spellbound by their presence at a nearby garden center that we dropped by early last month.

Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum' (Spider Plant, Ribbon Plant) with green leaves and white margins, Sept 6 2011 in our gardenWith outstretched limbs and crying to be adopted were three hanging pots of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’, the most fabulous and healthiest Spider Plants that we’ve ever seen. So fertile and showing off countless baby spiders on a great number of branched stolons that gracefully arched and swayed like can-can skirts in the gentle breeze. Really had us fascinated and we stood gawked at them, transfixed by their beauty.

Mutual attraction – they wanted us and we definitely wanted them too! Without delay, we excitedly grabbed a pot, choosing the loveliest of the lot, to grace our home. It was dirt cheap – cost us only RM10/= which truly surprised us! And, visualizing the great number of plants that can be propagated from the dancing babies kept us smiling all the way home! :)

Pritchardia pacifica (Fiji Fan Palm): big, bold and beautiful!

Pritchardia pacifica (Fiji Fan Palm, Pacific Fan Palm)

Pritchardia pacifica (Fiji Fan Palm, Pacific Fan Palm), seen near Hospital Pantai Ampang, KL - Sept 20 2011Big, bold and beautiful, Pritchardia pacifica will surely make an imposing and striking specimen in any garden or landscape. A handsome solitary palm tree that features enormous fronds in almost perfect fan formation in shades of bright green to lime green. It is well sought after by tropical palm enthusiasts and landscapers for its stunning ornamental beauty.

When we first chanced upon this beauty, it was in full bloom and truly caught our attention. A show-off with its chest of treasures, wide-open for all to see and admire!

Unlike most tropical palms with long-stalked inflorescences that droop downwards, the Fiji Fan Palm has its gorgeous flower clusters on short stalks that are somewhat upright and prominently displayed among the leafstalks. It appears to be a free-flowering palm that blooms profusely in continuous succession, as seen in the images below where all the blooming, fruiting and spent stages are displayed at the same time. Simply lovely, as captivating as its eye-catching fan-shaped fronds!

Brugmansia suaveolens and hybrids, with dramatic floral display

Brugmansia suaveolens (Angel’s Trumpet, Angel-star, Angel’s Tears)

Brugmansia suaveolens (Angel's Trumpet) - a hybrid with coral pink flowers, maybe 'Rhapsody'The exotic Brugmansia suaveolens is a small tree or large evergreen shrub that is cultivated exclusively for its dramatic floral display. A prolific bloomer that may grandly display as many as 100-200 stunningly beautiful flowers at one time under good growing conditions. Simply spectacular… as if presenting rows and rows of chorus line dancers!
The enchanting fragrance of their flowers, especially strong in the cool evenings and nights, is an added attraction!

These stunning tropical flowering shrubs do thrive in our lowlands though rarely seen. Usually, we get to enjoy these beauties in our highlands. We were delighted indeed to have seen them during our recent holiday to Cameron Highlands in Pahang last month.