Who loves purple and green plants?

fl_southpawJune 11, 2011

A new addition to my garden that feeds my love of purple and green plants...

Do you have a favorite purple and green plant?

Julie in West Palm Beach

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Truscifi

I just planted some malabar spinach. It has lovely purple vines and green leaves.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 3:11PM
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mocropot

I just love Nematanthus : purple and gree plus bonus red/ peach bloom

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 4:03PM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Begonia

Duranta

and Persian Shield (that I cannot find a picture of)

Good thread - looking forward to the other posts!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 6:29PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

My favorite purple/green plant is edible ;-) Purple podded pole beans, leaves green, vines and beans purple. Beans cook up green though :-(

Purple pole beans obviously in the lower right of the picture.

Tom

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 6:53PM
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wallisadi

stromanthes(not sure on the spelling) never sure on the spelling..:).semi shade....grows a long cane, lays a newbie on the ground....got it at the master gardeners plant sale years ago...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 7:11PM
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trini1trini

Iris 'Red Velvet Elvis' (which is really purple)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 11:15PM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Oooooo... LOVE the iris!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 12:22AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
How about "monkey puzzle"? lol Everytning is PURPLE except the flowers. Looks wonderful with yellow and orange cannas?? Would second the persian shield a well grown plant even develops a "sparkle" Would rate the flowers second ugliest right after "purple passion vine. They get top billing as worlds ugliest flower because it looks like cottage cheese it has a wonderful aroma of dirty Gym sox as a bonus!!! Leaves are works of art though.
Trini What family does that Iris belong ?
I have a Brazilian specie that bloomed the first time this year and has a very deep purple flower though it does have some white Fortuneately the leaves are fantastic as the flower is open about 3 hours a day lol gary

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 4:57AM
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dirtygardener73(9a)

Beautiful pictures! I don't have any purple and green plants right now, but I'm definitely getting some more purple plants. I miss them so much! I think sometimes that I will die missing my garden, then I remember all the work, and think "nah".

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 9:25AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

I do, I do! there's something so pretty about purple & green in the garden - esp. purple & light greens. Some in mine are: Purple Queen, Purple Fountain grass, several unnamed bromeliads, sweet potato vine, purple lantana & porterweed. Also eggplant plants(done now), Rattlesnake pole beans (also done) & Purple Beauty peppers (still growing)...

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 9:36AM
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aroidgardener(9b/central FL)

Green and purple are my favorite, especially for foliage plants

Alocasia Brian Williams

Calatheas

Tina

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 9:58AM
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fl_southpaw

Thanks everyone for feeding my addiction!
Mocropot, I looked up nematanthus and it is very cool.
Ladywingr, love that begonia and persian shield, too.
Tom, are those purple pole beans a winter crop? They look so yummy.
Wallisadi, that stromanthes is really pretty.
Trini, gorgeous iris.
Gary, do you have a picture of the monkey puzzle? You don't like passion flowers?
Carol, do you have pictures of those purple peppers? Where did you get them?
Tina, I covet that alocasia and calathea!
Here is further evidence of my affliction:






Julie in WPB

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 12:02PM
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thonotorose

OMG, Tina, that "morse code" plant is stupendous! What's the culture on those? ('Nother thread, maybe?)

Veronica

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 12:39PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Oooh... love the purple and greens! Julie and others, thanks for the eye candy. I would take pictures, but my yard is presently gasping for rain. Maybe after tomorrow night's sprinkling. Rain!!! Rain!!!

Anna

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 4:31PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Tom, are those purple pole beans a winter crop? They look so yummy.

Yes, pole beans are a fall and spring crop.

Tina has me now going after some Zebra plants. Here's a couple of pictures of my Alocasia Wentii.

And, not the best picture but lets not forget buddelia.

Tom

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 6:52PM
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trini1trini

Gary, the iris is a Louisiana iris hybridized by a fella. Recently got it and the color is pretty intense. Just wish it bloomed more often in this climate. I am moving it around to see where it is happiest.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 8:00PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Pretty alocasia and buddleia, Tom.

Alright, I was out taking photos of a tree and had to take some purple and green shots too. Went a little nuts.

xanthosoma lime zinger, alocasia plumbea nigra and alternanthera purple knight:

strobilanthes:

Alocasia mojito, unknown alocasia (?illustris?), oregano, and coleus raspberry ruffle:

Forgot the name of this purple hued huge anthurium (?Marie?)

Lastly, Wood's Blue Goddess waterlily:

Anna

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 8:44PM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Lovely, lovely pictures everyone.

Looks like it's time to carve out some more space for "stuff"!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 9:16PM
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hester_2009

Everything looks wonderful in all these photos - I wish I had more shade.
Here's my small contribution...

Color isn't great, but I've had this common oxallis for years - one of the first plants I bought when I moved here so it has some sentimental value!
Hester

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 9:11AM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Hester, that bowtie is just lovely. Pretty color on that oxalis.

Anna

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 10:38AM
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fl_southpaw

These are all so cool! I am partial to those alocasias and calatheas.

Anna, you have such interesting plants. I have an ancient bird's nest anthurium (over 20 yrs. old) but it isn't as lovely as your green and purple one.

Keep them coming! I love it.
Julie in WPB and praying for rain.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 11:27AM
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izharhaq

Beautiful pictures... I never knew there was a thing like red okra!!! what its name?? I want to have it in my garden too.. Iris is amazing...

Duranta flowers are great, equally adored by bees & butterflies...

Alocasia mojito looks like artificial... so beautiful..

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 2:17AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Ooh what nice pix from everybody! I really dig that oxalis - I have 1 w/ large purple-tinged leaves. & that Alocasia Mojito is gorgeous = )

FYI, I get my seeds for Purple Beauty peppers @ Pinetree - it's OP, so you can save the seeds - if you can wait for the fruit to ripen fully - which takes f o r e v e r.

There are a number of purple peppers - many of them are chiles.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 9:30AM
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fl_southpaw

Thanks, Carol. I sometimes get the Pinetree catalogue so I'll look for them. I've had the purple chile peppers in the past and they are very good.

Izhar, that Double purple datura looks great! I had one years ago that got eaten by leaf miners and it never had leaves that big! Wow.

Hester, I really like that oxalis. I might have room for that. I wish I had room for that vine. I've never seen that before. Cool.

I need a bigger yard or someone has to go (a good reason to yank someone who is underperforming).
Julie in WPB

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 10:50AM
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pabrocb(Sarasota/Cape Cod)

I love chartreuse and purple. I just do.

Carol B. in Sarasota (we had a two minute rain storm)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 6:55PM
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