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Black Ripple Colocasia

Commonly referred to as a variety of Elephant Ear, this particular beauty stands out on its own with its iridescent puckered leaves of purplish black. Sitting atop multiple dark burgundy-red stems, the leaves unfurl from brownish backs to reveal their inner glossy foliage. Considered a dwarf variety, they can grow 3-4’ H x 3-4’ W and they prefer medium wet, but not soggy soil. However, they have been known to do well in pond edges and around water features. Frost sensitive, they perform best in Zones 8-11. Can be planted as a single specimen, en masse or in large containers, but try to avoid exposure to strong winds. Will do well in full sun to partial shade and doesn’t mind high humidity. The infrequent blooms are usually hidden by the large leaves and this plant is considered deer and rabbit resistant.

Gold Star Esperanza

Chosen as a Texas SuperStar, the Gold Star variety of Esperanza is a great choice for non-stop golden colored blooms. This is a fast-growing semi-evergreen shrub that produces large clusters of golden-yellow, bell-shaped flowers from late spring well into fall. Great as a showy border and does well as a large container plant, because it can be pruned to maintain a more compact habit. Esperanza is very heat tolerant and loves full sun. Performs best in Zones 9-11 and is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Remove dead flower clusters and seedpods as they form to keep flowers producing.

Lantanas

Lantanas are one of our best sellers here at Creekside Nursery. We offer a variety of color and form to suit any landscaping need. Heat and drought tolerant, they offer not only beautiful flowers, but aromatic foliage. Their color-sweeping spectrum attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, while having the opposite effect on deer and rabbits. These tough and durable plants require little watering once established and will bloom from Spring through Fall, after which some varieties set on a small black fruit that is attractive to some birds, but should be avoided by humans, pets and livestock. Sold in one-gallon containers, ask your Creekside Nursery representative today about our selection of Lantanas!

Fire Glow Kniphofia

Native to South Africa and commonly known as Red Hot Poker plants, this clumping perennial grown from rhizomes has narrow foliage and summertime blooms on tall stems. The flowers can last for weeks and give a dash of exotic flare for cut flower arrangements. Cutting the flower stalks can often encourage the production of more blossoms. Hummingbirds love the flowers and the plants are considered drought tolerant and rabbit resistant. They prefer sun to partial shade, have a mature size of 18-24” height and spread. Grows best in Zones 5-10.

White African Iris

Also known as Butterfly Iris, this variety is simple to maintain and fits into virtually any garden. Tall evergreen leaves are topped with an array of a white, yellow and purple bloom from spring through summer. The blooms only last a day, but new ones replace them throughout the season. White African Iris can tolerate heat, drought and neglect once established. They thrive in fertile, well-drained soils, and are perfect for planting beside water features. Sold in both one and three-gallon sizes here at Creekside Nursery, plant them in sun to partial shade in Zones 8-11. It is advisable to divide large clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring and to remove old bloom stalks to encourage new growth.