The hot summers and mild winters of San Antonio make it possible to grow tropical plants there.
I fell in love with the Potterweeds (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis). This is a red one. It is supposed to be drought tolerant and grow like a weed.
While standing in front of this bush for several minutes, I saw several different kinds of butterflies. I think the one on the left is a Gulf Fritillary and the one on the right, a Common Mestra
This Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon (Angelonia angustifolia) is an annual with upright flower spikes that resemble miniature snapdragons.
Only Angelonia from the Serena series can be grown from seed.
Don’t recognize this plant.
Bat-faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea) gets it name from the dark area on the tip of the flower. It takes a good imagination to see a bat face there.I tried to get a picture that would show the face, but I don’t see it.
They are native to Mexico and Central America and are only perennials in zone 10 and higher.In this part of the garden, there are four square beds that form a large square with walkways in between. Each square has the large tropical plant that probably stands 8 or 9 feet tall with shorter flowering bushes surrounding it. The tall plants look like giant cannas, but they are probably something more exotic. And none of them had flowers.
This Blue Potterweed has a Praying Mantis posing for a picture.
Tall trees provide nice shady nooks. The lady in red is one of several volunteer Master Gardeners working in the gardens that morning.
Our group is observing huge Crape Myrtles and listening to the extension agent provide information.
Easy to recognize Lantana is a good old reliable in Texas. This particular one might be ‘Dallas Red’.
The unusual butterfly is an Orange Skipperling.
Hardy Hibiscus do well in our area, also.
Wish I knew the name – no label. In the Shrimp Plant family?
Yellow Jabobinia or Brazilian Plume (Justicia aurea) grows in light to full shade in zones 8b and higher.
Frustrating when botanical gardens don’t have everything labeled.
Variegated Tapioca (Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’) is an annual except in zone 11 and further south.
It is a non-bloomer that loves heat and the sun.
Like the light play through the Elephant Ears, which are native to Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
The horticulturist at this botanical gardens must also love Potterweed, since they use it so much. Here it is with Potato Vine.
A visit to a lush tropical garden is a treat. Even though it doesn’t translate into useful information for my garden, it’s fun to see what other parts of the world grow.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Napoleon Bonaparte