Garden Diary July: Quirky Plants

For this week’s Six on Saturday, I have focused on a selection of ‘quirky’ plants. Yes, I am running a little close to the wire timewise as I decided to wait to include pictures of the glorious Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night) which only flowers in the dark. Each sweet-scented bloom only lasting one night.

1. Dracaena Draco (Dragon Tree)

I think we have been overwatering this plant hence why the leaves have turned yellow! I can’t remember seeing flowers and then berries on it before, so it must be reasonably happy.

Dracaena Draco (Dragon Tree) berries
Dracaena Draco (Dragon Tree) berries

 

Dracaena draco
Dracaena draco

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Dracaena Draco
Dracaena Draco

2. Sago palm(Cycas revolta)

We planted this Sago Palm about thirteen years ago.

Sago palm(Cycas revolta)
Sago palm(Cycas revolta)
Sago palm(Cycas revolta)
Sago palm(Cycas revolta)

3. Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)

I think it will flower tonight!

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum ‘Queen Of The Night’
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum ‘Queen Of The Night’

I have just taken another picture. I must set a timer to remind me to tak a look once it gets dark.

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night) - bud
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night) – bud
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)

 

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum (Queen Of The Night)

4. Pachypodium Saundersii (Kudu Lily)

I bought this on a whim because it was ‘Quirky’. It had no identification label so I had no idea what I was buying. I took fright when it lost ALL its leaves during the winter but come spring they sprouted again.

Pachypodium saundersii (Kudu Lily)
Pachypodium saundersii (Kudu Lily)

It has never flowered but according to Wiki

It is found naturally in Southern Africa, on the Lebombo Mountains and other areas in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Eswatini (Swaziland).

It is usually a small, shrubby bush, but can grow up to 1.5m tall. The plant is covered in paired, sharp thorns, and dark green shiny leaves, and it flowers annually producing masses of white flowers that have a pinkish/purplish tinge to them.

5. Pachypodium Lamerei (madagascar palm)

This is still my favourite plant.

Pachypodium lamerei (madagascar palm)
Pachypodium lamerei (madagascar palm)

She has grown SO big. She is over 4ft tall!

I still remember when I first got it and I named her Madge. she was so tiny!

Pachypodium Lamerei
Pachypodium Lamerei

Comparing the two pictures, I’ve just realised Madge has also lost some of the kink in her trunk!

6. Beaucarnea Recurvata (The Elephant’s Foot or Ponytail Palm)

 Beaucarnea Recurvata (The Elephant's Foot or Ponytail Palm)
Beaucarnea Recurvata (The Elephant’s Foot or Ponytail Palm)

I think our plant will take a lifetime to grow to this size!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my selection of quirky plants.

For more Six on Saturday gardeners check out Mr P’s gardening blog

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  1. absolutely beautiful! i love the exotic plants. i thoroughly enjoyed the Queen of Night, thank you very much for sharing🤍

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  2. A lovely collection of exotics! Madge looks awfully spiny though, I wouldn’t fancy having to repot her! We have the Cordyline australis (Cabbage Palm or Torbay Palm) here which has similar flowers/berries as your Dracaena Draco. And I recall a very tall cactus in South Africa that only flowered at night! A shame if you miss it!

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  3. I love quirky, so when I saw a couple of plants that I know only as houseplants (living in New York State), I had to investigate further. The one sago palm I ever tried died from disease and I probably won’t try again. Your Queen of the Night flower was well worth waiting for.Thank you for taking us on your wait watch.

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    1. that’s a shame about your sago palm. Many of the plants I try to grow here fall victim to disease. IT seems an occupational hazard of gardening by the sea.

      I am pleased you enjoyed the show. That’s it for this year I’m afraid as I missed the flowers the following night.

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  4. I did enjoy them, very much! What an amazing flower on Queen of the Night! Cactus do have the most amazing flowers. I was going to envy your pool, what with my temperatures being so hot (105 forecast on Tuesday, down from 107), but then I remembered that when it’s that hot it’s too hot to want to be in a pool! At least for me… Looks lovely though.

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  5. Beautiful exotic plants! My favourite is also the Madagascar palm and what has it grown since the first time you took a photo!
    Did you sow the seeds of Dracaena draco years ago or did you buy it? I tried to sow seeds picked up in Canarias years ago and it didn’t work. I even bought a pocket of seeds in Malaga 2 years ago and it also failed … too bad

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