Palms and cycads
Neither ferns nor palms, these evergreen plants are primitive, cone-bearing relatives of conifers, excellent for tropical effects. A rosette of dark green, feathery leaves grows from a central point at the top of a single trunk (sometimes several trunks). Eventually as wide as tall. Female plants bear conspicuous, egg-shaped, red to orange seeds.
Native to Japan. As a 2 to 3-ft. tall youngster, has an airy, fernlike appearance; with age (grows very slowly to as high as 10 ft.), looks more like a palm. Leaves are 2 to 3 ft. long (larger on very old plants), divided into many narrow, leathery segments. Tough, tolerant house or patio plant; also good subject for bonsai.
Native to Mexico, West Indies, Uruguay. Vigorous vine climbs high (25 to 40 ft.) and fast by hooked, c...
(This common name is used for many plants with whitish foliage; see Dusty Miller.) Native to Italy. Co...
These fast-growing fan palms are too tall for most suburban gardens; they are best suited to large pro...