It's no secret ~ I'm a foliage plant nut and an avid collector of both spiky and lush looking tropical plants.
FROM THE SPIKY COLLECTION:
Agave lophantha (small leaf version)
Aloe transvaalensis (Transvaal Zebra Aloe)
This lovely Sanseveria hasn't notice that it's been 97 for the past 10 days. Bulletproof!
An artsy view of a Sago Palm frond that's been through a lot in its short life.
Part of our Agave collection. The large A. lophantha on the left is up front near the street as a dog deterrent.
I'll probably move it next year. It scores a perfect 10 on the Spikometer. I cut the tips off for safety.
NOW IT'S TIME FOR PLANTS FROM THE LUSH COLLECTION
Isn't this the coolest plant? This is Cotyledon orbiculata and it almost died in the last freeze. I left it outside in 21 degree weather!
I'm bringing it in this winter.
These are Kaempferia pulchra and Kaempferia elegans varieties from Thailand.
This is the only group of plants I sprinkle with water daily. They are in the cooler part of the yard and worth the extra trouble.
This is a Chinese Fan Palm. They are the heart of the back garden.
Alocasia machrorrhizia is unbelievably drought tolerant for having such a big leaf.
I got these from Castroville, Texas.
And finally this silvery plant is called Cornukaempferia aurantiflora.
I have only 2 or 3 of them.
Thanks for stopping by Tropical Texana in Houston, Texas.