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Yucca, also known as Adam's Needle, is well-adapted to arid, desert conditions. Cream-colored, bell-shaped flowers often bloom during the summer, which contrasts to the dark green leaves. Learn more about this plant that is best suited for rock gardens.

Wood Anemone

Wood anemone is named for its preferred habitat -- the woods. This blooming plant spreads quickly and forms carpets of star-shaped, white or blue blooms in late spring above well-divided foliage. Learn more about this plant.


Masterwort produces spiky blooms scattered in clumps; however, it is also known for its medicinal properties. This clump-forming perennial has star-shaped flowers of greenish white, sometimes tinted pink or rose red. Learn more about this pretty plant.

Variegated Broad-Leaved Sedge

Variegated broad-leaved sedge has no flowers, but its attractive leaves are the shade of a green apple -- bright and beautiful. These plants add color and pop to any garden.

Western Sword Fern

Western sword fern grows throughout North America, forming tight clumps, though leaves can grow quite large. Handsome, well-divided fronds with an upright form, a lance-shaped outline characterize this attractive fern. Learn more about this feathery fern.


Nidularia get their name from the Latin word for "nest" because of the unique leaf structures that they grow just before their flowers bloom. These Brazilian plants like to grow on decaying logs. Learn much more about Nidularia in this article.


In the late 19th century, a French plant collector was the first to begin cultivating porteas. These beautiful Brazilian plants love bright light and can grow to be quite large. Learn more about these tall, magnificent plants in this article.


Tillandsia was named after a Finnish professor. The genus contains about 500 different species. You can find Tillandsia anywhere from the southern United States to southern Argentina, and it will grow on almost anything. Learn more about Tillandsia.


The Vriesea were named after a Dutch botanist. They can grow from five inches to five feet tall, and are found from Mexico to Brazil. Many of them grow well indoors and have been favorites of indoor gardeners for years. Read more about Vriesea.


Ananas are a world-famous family of plants that include the pineapple. They are short-stemmed ground-growing plants with leaves that can grow three or more feet tall outdoors. Learn more about these tall, delicious bromeliads in this article.


Billbergias are among the easiest bromeliads to produce from seed, probably because fresh seed is fairly easy to get. These fast-growing plants were named after a Swedish botanist. Learn more about the tough, tolerant Billbergia in this article.


Catopsis bromeliads grow in Florida, the Caribbean, and tropical South America. Their seeds are slow to germinate and the seedlings also take their time. The plants eventually show green leaves that are soft and spineless. Learn more about Catopsis.


Cryptanthus are a type of bromeliad that do not grow stems. They have beautiful foliage with colorful, curling leaves that come in many colors. They are also easy to grow and make an indoor favorite. Learn more about these "hidden flowers."

Caring for Bromeliads

Bromeliads are plants that grow from the southern United States through Argentina. They can vary greatly in size, shape, color, and ease of growth. Learn about their characteristics and how to properly light, water, pot, and fertilize these plants.


Dyckia are bromeliads that mostly grow in Brazil. These succulent plants are tough, hardy plants that can grow easily without needing a lot of special care. Learn more about these flowers that were named in honor of a prince who love plants.


The great majority of bromeliads in the Guzmania genus are found in the highlands of Colombia and Costa Rica. They have shiny leaves with smooth edges and their flowers are typically a white or yellowish color. Learn more about these unique plants.


Neoregelia contains about 50 species and many varieties. Most are from eastern Brazil. They were named in honor of Eduard A. von Regel, the 19th century superintendent of the Botanic Garden in St. Petersburg, Russia. Learn more about Neoregalia.

Types of Bromeliads

Bromeliads are perennial plants that have one seed leaf. Bromeliads commonly grow in the American tropics, and a majority of the species are found in Brazil. These tough, long-lived plants grow well indoors, too. Learn more about types of Bromeliads.


These bromeliads get their name from the Greek work for "spear tip." These plants grow leaves in a tight, stemless, overlapping rosette that forms a vase which can hold more than a gallon of water. Read more about these clever plants in this article.

Cut Flowers

We've given each other flowers for centuries--in love and in mourning, out of joy and out of sadness. Learn about the types and meanings of the different kinds of cut flowers, how to choose them, and how to arrange them for the ones you love.

Cactus Plants

Cacti and succulent plants come in a variety of types, sizes, shapes, and colors. Some species of cacti produce leaves, while others are known for producing flowers. They can tolerate a wide variety of climates. Learn about cacti and how to care for these plants.

How to Arrange Flowers

Flowers have always played a part in our history. Even primitive man used flowers and plants to beautify his face, body, and his cave. Read this article to learn about the materials and techniques for arranging flowers, and the meanings of flowers.

Cactus Care

Cacti and succulents, tolerant and low maintenance plants, are ideal for busy people and indoor spaces. Cacti come in many varieties, and can survive in any number of light and moisture conditions. Learn about caring for these resilient plants.


Spearmint, a flavor known to most, is a great perennial herb. It spreads rapidly and adds great texture to the fragrant garden. The toothed, rich green leaves of this perennial give off a wonderful aroma when rubbed. Learn more.


Santolina has bright yellow flowers in summer atop its aromatic foliage of needlelike leaves. It loves the sun and is a great choice for edging, clipping or container gardening. Learn about this lovely sun-loving plant.