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Ipomoea pes-caprae

Beach Morning Glory, Goat's Foot

A typical plant of tropical seashores, this perennial vine forms large mats of long, sturdy shoots from an underground rootstock on coastal dunes and beaches just behind the high tide mark throughout the tropics worldwide. It has thick, leathery, bilobed leaves and very attractive, large, purplish pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. It is quite similar to Canavalia rosea in general appearance, which grows in the same ecological niche, but the two are not related. In cultivation it makes an excellent ground cover that will withstand drought, poor, sandy, saline soils, and look good even under the harshest coastal conditions. As one of the toughest pioneer plants it is one of the best choices to stabilize sandy soils. It is suitable for tropical and warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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