Festuca Glauca ‘Silver Eyecatch’

Festuca glauca (blue fescue) is a plant in the grass family, Poaceae

It is a herbaceous plant with alternate and basal, simple leaves, on wiry stems. The flowers are pale yellow, borne in late spring and early summer.

Floribunda Roses

Rose breeders quickly saw the value in crossing polyanthas with hybrid teas, to create roses that bloomed with the polyantha profusion, but with hybrid tea floral beauty and color range. In 1909, the first polyantha/hybrid tea cross, 'Gruss an Aachen,' was created, with characteristics midway between both parent classes. As the larger, more shapely flowers and hybrid-tea-like growth habit separated these new roses from polyanthas and hybrid teas alike, a new class was created and named Floribunda, Latin for "many-flowering." Typical floribundas feature stiff shrubs, smaller and bushier than the average hybrid tea but less dense and sprawling than the average polyantha. The flowers are often smaller than hybrid teas but are carried in large sprays, giving a better floral effect in the garden. Floribundas are found in all hybrid tea colors and with the classic hybrid tea-shaped blossom, sometimes differing from hybrid teas only in their cluster-flowering habit. Today they are still used in large bedding schemes in public parks and similar spaces. Examples: 'Dainty Maid', 'Iceberg', 'Tuscan Sun'.

Furcraea Foetida (F. Gigantea)

Furcraea foetida (Giant Cabuya, Green-aloe or Mauritius-hemp) is a species in the family Agavaceae native to the Caribbean and northern South America.

It is an evergreen perennial sub shrub, stem less or with a short stem up to 1 m tall. The leaves are sword-shaped, 1-1.8 m long and 10-15 cm broad at their widest point, narrowing to 6-7 cm broad at the leaf base, and to a sharp spine tip at the apex; the margins are entire or with a few hooked spines. The flowers are greenish to creamy white, 4 cm long, and strongly scented; they are produced on a large inflorescence up to 7.5 m tall.

It is cultivated in subtropical and tropical regions for its leaves, which are used to produce a fibre similar to sisal.

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