Mounts Botanical Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida

Ok, so let’s test how this does with a lot of pics. Need to check quality and page upload time… We went to Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, FL today. What a feast for the eyes! First up were the unique Dutchman’s Pipe plants… hosts to Swallowtail butterflies:

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The Candle Tree (Parmentiera cereifera) was unusual… it produces waxy and creamy flowers out of the trunk and branches. The edible, pungent fruits look like candlesticks.

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Another interesting plant… the Prickly Teaselmallow (Wercklea (Hibiscus) ferox):

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And there were oodles of gorgeous flowers:

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A Tropical Red Hydrangea (Dombeya ‘Calusa Red’)…

for those of you up north… that’s pollen, not snow, on the petals! lol!


The Giant Apostle’s Iris (Neomarica caerulea ’Regina’):


Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) can be used fresh in salads or beverages, or can be boiled as a vegetable.

The floral heads are eaten as artichokes…


The Milk Bush (Iboza riparia) is a medicinal plant – said to relieve headaches when inhaled.

The leaves have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties)…


The Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) is extremely toxic, but sometimes used medicinally: 20150324_100253a

A variegated Pineapple (Annas bracteatus var. tricolor):


A pomegranate flower:


These are called Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos flavidus):


This is from the Verbena family ‘Callicarpa americana’ Beautyberry:


This is a Firecracker Orchid (Epidendrum x ibaguense) …

Click on it to enlarge… it kind of reminds me of Beaker on the Muppets! : )


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your little tour of our Creator’s handiwork!

Thanks for stopping by!  


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