An­swers from quiz on page 44

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

1. Desert rose: Ade­nium obe­sum Un­re­lated to roses at all, these beau­ties are closer re­lated to ole­an­der and frangi­pani. Part of the dog­bane fam­ily, they are ex­cel­lent for desert cli­mates as the stem and root swells to store wa­ter dur­ing the rainy sea­son to carry it through the fol­low­ing dry sea­son.

2. Ix­ora: This hardy hedge, usu­ally I. coc­cinea, is used fre­quently through­out the top­ics. There are around 500 species in the genus. The colour­ful flow­ers do best when the plant is not heav­ily pruned but the plant will tol­er­ate hard prun­ing, mak­ing it ideal for for­mal hedges and sculpted spec­i­men trees.

3. Yel­low par­rot flower: A mem­ber of the ba­nana fam­ily, H psit­ta­co­rum, has tall, up­right stems that carry showy yel­low to or­ange flow­ers, of­ten tipped in green. The flow­ers re­sem­ble a par­rot beak, hence the name.

4. Bougainvil­lea: Gor­geous colour. This lovely plant blooms in a va­ri­ety of col­ors, 13 or more. Did you know that the col­ored petals are ac­tu­ally leaves? The bloom is the tiny white flower in the cen­ter of the coloured bracts. Types of bougainvil­lea can be found grow­ing in the trop­ics as trees, shrubs or vines.

5. Golden dew­drop: (Du­ranta repens): Pretty but deadly. A pop­u­lar plant used for hedg­ing and screen­ing, it be­longs to the Ver­be­naceae fam­ily and is ex­tremely poi­sonous. This tree or shrub pro­duces pretty vanilla scented flow­ers and or­ange berries which, along with its leaves, have been known to be deadly to chil­dren, pets and even some birds.

6. Hibis­cus: Hibis­cus rosa-sinen­sis

These gor­geous trum­pet shaped beau­ties can be found in sev­eral colours and colour com­bi­na­tions, as trees or shrubs. The ed­i­ble flow­ers, con­sid­ered a del­i­cacy, have a tangy cit­rus taste and are also used in teas and for medic­i­nal pur­poses.

7. Christ thorns: Euphor­bia milii

(or crown of thorns, Christ plant) is a suc­cu­lent shrub with long thorny stems. The stems are pli­able and can be eas­ily fash­ioned into a ring, which is how it got its name. The plant was around in bib­li­cal times, so you never know...

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