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Photos today are of Naranjilla, or Solanum quitoense. I think I like the evilness factor the best. Just look at those leaves! This plant is a new favorite. It’s just too cool not to be. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet, but it IS edible! If I were a plant, I’d […]

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Plant: Cuphea ignea

On October 16, 2009 By

Random fun fact: – The meaning of ignea in Latin is ‘glowing’ or ‘on fire’. Of course referring to the flowers, which really do look like burning cigars! The Specs: Family: Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family) Genus: Cuphea Species: ignea Common Name: Cigar flower, fire-cracker plant, cigar plant Region of Origin/Nativity: Mexico Characteristics: Is a mounding and […]

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Random fun facts: – Even though this plant is considered an ornamental, the peppers are used for culinary purposes too. They’re very tasty, at least if you like hot things! – Capsicum is taken from the Greek word kapto, which means to bite. Obviously referring to how hot the species normally tastes. The Specs: Family: […]

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