The Q&A Archives: Flower named Kate or Katie

Question: Do you know of a flowering shrub or flower named Katie or Kate that would be suitable for planting on a grave? Bear in mind, our temperatures can drop to -15 DegC and below in the winter!!

Answer: What a lovely thought to plant a flower for remembrance. I did a search in a plant database and came up with the following possibilities. The citations after the plant name show where more information can be found. I think the University library in Edinburgh might have some of these publications, particularly the ones from the U.K., and you could get an idea of what the flowers looked like. The database did not include any cultural information, so with the exception of the Ruellia (which is grown at a nursery near me), I'm not sure of the hardiness of these plants. If any of them interest you and you can't find further info locally, write again using the same title in your question, and I will pursue it for you. The sources for these plants were in North America, but I imagine some of them would be available in the U.K. I hope this is helpful.

Key: fl. flower PH photograph lf. leafy

1. Iris (Iridaceae) 'Katie-koo' Iris Year Book, The. (British Iris Soc.). (1995) p 64 fl. PHOTO

Your Garden. vol 47, no. 4.(1994) p 49 (Adv.) lf. hb. PH

2. Primula (Primulaceae) 'Katie' Horticulture Week. March 11, 1999. p 25 fl. PH

3. Ruellia (Acanthaceae) brittoniana var. katie American Horticulturist. vol 72, no. 12.(1993) p 34 fl. lf. PH

American Nurseryman. vol 173, no. 3. (1991) p 138 fl. hb. PH
(I don't think this ruellia will be cold hardy enough for you.)

4.Hemerocallis (Liliaceae) 'Kate Carpenter' Daylily Journal, The. vol 38, no. 1.(1984) p 13 fl.PH

Daylily Journal, The. vol 48, no. 3. (1993) p 280 fl. PH

Daylily Journal, The. vol 50, no. 1.(1995) p 34 fl. PH

Daylily Journal, The. vol 52, no. 2.(1997) p cover fl. PH

5.Rosa (Rosaceae) Katelyn Ann TM American Rose Magazine, The. vol 31, no. 23. (1992) p 20 fl. PH

American Rose, The. vol 33, no. 15. (1996) p 11 fl. PH

6. Viola L. (Violaceae) 'Katerina' Garden, The. Royal Hort. Soc. vol 123, no. 5. (1998) p 357 fl. PH

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