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plants,plants,plants!!! and their names!

While we were in Panamà, we stayed in a hotel with overlooked the heart of David, Parque Cervantes. What I found especially endearing is that some enterprising nursery put signs on most of the plants with their scientific name and common names. All these plants grow here in the Yucatan too! So finally, I have the names for some of the plants in my own garden!

This is called Jazmin flor chico (small flowered jasmine) the sign said that it’s latin name is Jasminum sambac, but Jasminum sambac doesn’t look like that, I think it’s Jasminum multiflorum or star jasmine,. What do you think?
I was excited to see this plant in the park, just before I left on our trip I had bought one at the Merida English Library ongoing plant sale. Now I know that it’s latin name is Ophiopogon jaburon “varigata”, the Spanish common name is Opiopgon, the English name is White Lilyturf, and maybe I’ll get a flower out of it.
I love these varigated leaves. This is Alpinia zerumbet also called Alpinia variegata it’s a shell ginger. Sadly, I don’t own one. I love varigated leaves and would certainly overdo it if I wasn’t careful.
These are Crotòn, NOB these are house plants, in their native lands they can grow up to ten feet tall. I have 2 different types in my new tropical area. The latin name is Codiaeum variegatum.

This is Mani Forrajera or Arachis pintoi (apparently the sign maker misspelled it) or the perennial peanut. Mani is the word for peanut in most of the Spanish speaking world, in the Yucatan they use cacahuate instead. It’s used as a ground cover. I have this in my yard, I am so excited to find out it’s common Spanish name, pie de niño (child’s foot) and it’s latin name Pedilanthus tithym too. I looked it up on the web but the only gardening reference I found was this one. They called it the good luck plant and also lucky ladder. This isn’t a very good picture, but it’s Cuphea hyssopfolia, which I know as Mexican heather or false heather, the nurseries around here just call it cuphea.

This is Washingtonia Robusta.
And that’s all folks!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

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