Tropaeolum majus produces flowers in kaleidoscopic colours

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress) Garden Nasturtium or Indian Cress produces long-lasting  and kaleidoscopic flowers as well as attractive foliage that are water lily-like. However, the downside is it self-seeds readily and may pop up in places where they are not wanted. No wonder, this beautiful plant is considered invasive in […]

Manihot esculenta is one of the most important tropical food crops in the world

Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay) Tapioca or Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. It is one of the most important staple food crops in the developing world and provides a basic diet for over half a billion people.

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is an exotic and charming orchid plant

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady’s Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum) The Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum is an exotic and charming orchid that has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchid and hybridisers. A perfect species collection for its small size and longevity of flowering. Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List […]

Mucuna bennettii is a tropical climber with clusters of bright orange-red flowers

Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine) New Guinea Creeper of Red Jade Vine is an exotic and magnificent tropical climber with amazing clusters of bright orange-red flowers. The colour of its chandelier-like clusters of blossoms is absolutely stunning and unique. Grow this beauty if you can provide space and a […]

Ipomoea quamoclit with blooms in gorgeous shades of red, pink, rose and white

Ipomoea quamoclit (Cypress Vine, Cardinal Creeper/Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine) Cypress Vine or Hummingbird Vine is a magnificent climber with captivating  star-shape flowers that comes in shades of scarlet red, pink, rose and white. Grow this Cardinal Creeper in your garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds that are attracted to the brightly coloured blossoms.