This genus includes 150 shrub species, but only the two Asian natives (A. crenata and A. japonica) are typically grown. Both are valued for their attractive foliage and ornamental red berries that persist during winter.Ardisia crenata
In warmest frost-free climates, often grown in the ground or in patio planters. Most familiar as a 1 1/2-ft., single-stemmed houseplant; in a large tub, though, it can reach 4 ft. tall and almost that wide. Spirelike clusters of tiny white or pinkish flowers bloom in spring, carried above the shiny, wavy-edged, 3-in.-long leaves. Houseplants require indirect light in summer, several hours of direct sun in winter.
May be sold as Rieger begonias or Elatior hybrids. These profuse bloomers are outstanding outdoor or i...
Native to Mexico. Grown for the heady, powerfully sweet fragrance of its flowers. Each rhizome (actual...
Treelike Andean native known botanically as Solanum betaceum (Cyphomandra b...