, on the other hand, often found in shade gardens and on the edges of ponds, has tougher foliage and may grow in plenty of sun as long as it has an ample water supply.
A The umbrella plant
(schefflera) likes bright light and temperatures of 60-65F.
Scientists at NASA, no less, researched this field and came up with a list that also includes dumb cane, dragon tree, English ivy, Pothos, peace lily, umbrella plant
, spider plant, tree philodendron, weeping fig and white butterfly to improve air quality.
The most widely seen is the umbrella plant
(Cyperus alternifolius), which may pop up almost anywhere and will spread with weedy determination unless it is relentlessly chopped back or excavated.
Q I HAVE an umbrella plant
in my living room which is still producing new leaves even though it is winter.
This week's winner is Eileen Cookson, of Liverpool, who says: "From the time my umbrella plant
was small, I've always given it lukewarm tea - and it's now scraping the ceiling
Most of us have the odd umbrella plant
(schefflera) or dragon tree (dracaena), but that is often as far as it goes.
Some of my favourite patterned leafed houseplants include: ivies and tradescantia (both useful trailers); the umbrella plant
or variegated form of the weeping fig; Ficus benjamina; and the virtually impossible- to-kill classic, the spider plant.
(Cyperus alternifolius) - flowering stems have grassy leaves like the spokes of an umbrella with a circlet of white flowers in the middle.
It reminds me of a bunch of bright green umbrella spokes, hence its common name - umbrella plant
Also known as yellow nut sedge (Cyperus esculentus), nutgrass is a relative of papyrus (Cyperus papyrifera) and umbrella plant
(Cyperus alternifolius), both of which are moisture loving plants, the latter often found in backyard water ponds.