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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is native to Madagascar and is a succulent plant. It is also known as flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill. It blooms in the following colors:  shades of bright orange, pink, yellow, red, and white. … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Jacquemontia violacea Skyblue Clustervine

Jacquemontia violacea is commonly called as Skyblue Clustervine. It is native to tropical America. The plant belongs to  Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family). It grows well in Sun, during harsh summer in hotter climates keep in semi shade during afternoons. The … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Anthurium Flamingo Flower

Anthurium is native to America. It is also called as flamingo flower, tailflower, Flamingo-lily, laceleaf. In Greek, the name Anthurium means tail flower. The plant contains calcium oxalate which is poisonous. Anthuriums need a well drained soil. These days It … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Gloxinias Sinningia Speciosa

Sinningia speciosa also called as Gloxinias are perennials and are native to Brazil. They are tuberous rooted plants – that is they are plants growing from a tuber. Gloxinias should be kept in shade during afternoons. In fact it is … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Thunbergia Alata

Thunbergia alata also called as Black-eyed Susan vine is native to South Africa. Thunbergia, was named in 1780 by Retzius, after Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), a Swedish botanist. It is a perennial climber. Different varieties and colors of Thunbergia are … Continue reading

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Butterflies of India and Pune Tawny Coster or Acraea terpsicore

The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand. It is mainly  seen during mansoons and rarely seen during dummer. It is common in grassland and scrub habitats. Tawny (Anglo-French tané) is of an … Continue reading

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Understanding Fiber and Nutrition in Okra or Bhindi

Okra (Scientific name Abelmoschus esculentus) is also known as lady’s finger, Bhindi, Bhendi, Bamia and Gumbo. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. Okra can be grown in your home garden.  It is … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Tulbaghia Violacea Society Garlic Pink Agapanthus

Tulbaghia violacea Family Amaryllidaceae is a Perennial (Life span more than 2 years) plant. The plant is native to south Africa. It is also called as society garlic or Pink Agapanthus. It has violet flowers. Society Garlic is bulbous plant … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Hollyhocks Alcea

Alcea (Hollyhock) grow easily from seeds and are either annual-(Life one Year), biennial (Life 2 Years) , or perennial (Life more than 2 years) plants. They are native to Asia and Europe.  They are commonly called as Hollyhock. William Turner, … Continue reading

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Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Tradescantia Pallida or Purple Queen

Tradescantia pallida is also called as wandering Jew or purple secretia, purple-heart or purple queen. It is a species of spiderwort. This plant grows well in Full Sun or partly shade. If kept in complete shade the color fades and … Continue reading

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