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Ponytail palm or Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail palm or Beaucarnea recurvata, theyl can get up to 30 ft tall and the base up to 12 ft across, but houseplants generally remain less than 6-8 ft tall. The leaves are thin and flat, up to 6 ft long and only 1 in wide. They are clustered in dense tufts at the ends of the branches and arch upward, then droop downward. The plant looks a little like a palm, and a little like a big onion sitting on the ground with a single stalk growing up and sporting a parasol of drooping, straplike leaves. Hardy in zones 8-11 and is the most cold hardy of all the cyads, this palm thrives and grows best in partial shade.
Ponytail palm or Beaucarnea recurvata
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Potentilla recta or Sulphur Cinquefoil

seeds of Potentilla recta Sulphur cinquefoil.  A perennial herb that can grow to 19.7 inches tall. A loose rosette of long-petiolate leaves develops first and withers before flowering. Plants can be one or multi-stemmed. Stems are covered with long and short hairs and are unbranched. Stem leaves are palmately compound (with 5-7 leaflets), stipulate and short petioled to sessile. The central leaflet is 1.2-5.9 in. long (longer than the other leaflets). Flowering occurs from May to July, when sulfur yellow flowers develop in open, flat-topped inflorescences at the apex of the stems. Flowers have 5 petals, each 0.2-0.4 in. (6-9 mm) long, and 25-30 stamens. Fruits are small, dark brown achenes with pale veins. Sulphur cinquefoil is native to Europe and occurs in pastures, rangelands, along roadsides and other disturbed sites. Zones 4-8. seeds of Potentilla recta Sulphur cinquefoil.  A perennial herb that can grow to 19.7 inches tall. A loose rosette of long-petiolate leaves develops first and withers before flowering. Plants can be one or multi-stemmed. Stems are covered with long and short hairs and are unbranched. Stem leaves are palmately compound (with 5-7 leaflets), stipulate and short petioled to sessile. The central leaflet is 1.2-5.9 in. long (longer than the other leaflets). Flowering occurs from May to July, when sulfur yellow flowers develop in open, flat-topped inflorescences at the apex of the stems. Flowers have 5 petals, each 0.2-0.4 in. (6-9 mm) long, and 25-30 stamens. Fruits are small, dark brown achenes with pale veins. Sulphur cinquefoil is native to Europe and occurs in pastures, rangelands, along roadsides and other disturbed sites. Zones 4-8.
Potentilla recta or Sulphur Cinquefoil
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Proboscidea parviflora Devils Claw

HARD TO FIND Proboscidea parviflora, or Devils Claw. Devil's claw is a plant native to southern Africa. Its name comes from the small hooks on the plant's fruit. I grow this just because it is pretty, but I know that in some parts of the world it is used for medicial purposes. The very interesting seed pod is where it gets its name. Growing 30 tall, it is an annual in my zone 8B garden.
Proboscidea parviflora Devils Claw
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