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By EdBurton on Jul 28, 2016 7:03 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cereal City Sun Catcher')

Cereal City Sun Catcher was named by Greg Youngchild. Greg bought the seeds on the daylily auction and, when they first bloomed, Greg decided they weren't what he wanted and he shipped all the seedlings of that cross to me.
CCSC was a small runt, separated from the other 3 clumps, and when I asked Greg, he told me to toss it. Well, I don't toss unbloomed seedlings.
It took one year to establish and was a blooming double-sized fan the second year. It starts the season as a broken pattern blend of pink and yellow. By the end of the season it's a narrower twisting yellow.
It's a color and shape changing plant from beginning to end of the season. I have nothing else that does this in such a dramatic fashion,
Very long bloom season. Excellent plant.
I have seen 6 branches, with bud counts in the 40's, when it's at its best, and it is pretty easy to set pods with.

I watched CCSC for 4 years and then told Greg we need to register this one. Greg, being from Battle Creek, Michigan, chose the name.

Anyway, I wanted to share the name, the history, and the story about how and why this one was registered, and how it was named.

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By mjsponies on Jul 27, 2016 4:50 PM, concerning plant: Hoya (Hoya 'Pinkie')

This is one of the prettiest Hoya blooms out there. Lovely, very soft fragrance. Supposedly a cross between Hoya australis x Hoya subcalva. I've found it be very heat tolerant, but it needs a well-draining mix. Let it get almost dry, then water thoroughly again.

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By mystlw on Jul 27, 2016 3:00 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Orchid Candy')

Orchid Candy is the very first daylily I ever bought, and the one that sparked my addiction. Not knowing anything about daylilies, I bought it as a bag of roots at a big-box store. I didn't know that these were tissue culture plants until it began to grow; even as a weak plant it was still beautiful, and I was thrilled when it bloomed.
I've moved on to healthy, divided daylilies purchased from reputable growers now, but I loved this one so much that I replaced it with a normal clump from one of my favorite recommended sellers. I look forward to many years of big, beautiful blooms.

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By lauribob on Jul 24, 2016 1:40 PM, concerning plant: Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix)

Care should be taken to avoid contact with poison sumac, which can be more toxic than either poison oak or poison ivy. Never burn poison sumac, as inhaling the smoke can cause life-threatening pulmonary edema.

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By Anndixon on Jul 24, 2016 4:26 AM, concerning plant: Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

We had two 25-year-old trees that both blew down in a straight-line windstorm. One of the saddest thing about it was the pair of Baltimore Orioles that continued to visit the blooms even after the trees had blown down. But I have six more saplings coming along nicely, although it will be a while before they bloom.

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By flaflwrgrl on Jul 23, 2016 7:07 PM, concerning plant: Coastal Rose Gentian (Sabatia calycina)

This plant is native to FL, GA, AL, LA, MS, TX, SC, NC and VA.
S. calycina differs from most other members of this genus in that it is a perennial, although a short-lived one. It also sports more foliage than many others of its genus, having foliage that goes from the base of its bloom stalks right to the top of the bloom stalks. Each plant has multiple stems.
Depending on the weather and zone it's growing in, it can bloom almost year round.

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By Bonehead on Jul 23, 2016 12:43 PM, concerning plant: Bitter Cherry (Prunus emarginata)

Native in the Pacific NW. This grows in my back woods here and there. I never have noticed the fruit, so it must be small and/or the birds eat them all. As a fuel wood, it is extremely difficult to split unless one scores the bark from top to bottom on each chunk.

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By pirl on Jul 23, 2016 12:41 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie')

Very attractive to deer!

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By Raven on Jul 23, 2016 9:24 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Batgirl')

Batgirl is striking. Easy to see from several feet away. It is growing to 38" in my garden and the color is amazing. I have 5 scapes on this plant, which was planted in '14. The disappointing thing is I had to cut all the scapes and bring them in the house because all were lying on the ground this morning. The scapes are weak this year.

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By MamaIve12 on Jul 23, 2016 8:47 AM, concerning plant: White Guinea Yam (Dioscorea rotundata)

I grew up eating this edible tuber. It is a type of yam. This is my first time growing it where I live (South Florida), and it's been an interesting experiment. I usually boil it with a little salt. It is healthy and delicious.

I got a starter from a friend, ate part of it, and put little pieces of it in a barrel. We are trying our hand at growing herbs and vegetables in our backyard, so growing name is part of that experiment.

The guinea yam is a vine, and the tubers grow big, so they need space. I recommend using a deep container because it is a pretty vine, but it also needs to be controlled. It wraps around EVERYTHING! It took about three months for the plant to sprout- I almost gave up on it and planted a grape tomato plant in the same container... not doing that again, though. The tomato plant grew mostly unobstructed, and yielded nice fruit, but now it is completely overshadowed by the vine. I had beginner's luck because the tomato plant was pretty much done with its fruit season. So, lesson learned: Keep it in its own container and don't plant anything else in that container. :)

Now I didn't realize that on this plant, tubers would actually grow on the vine. It may have been obvious for the usual gardeners, but this came as a surprise to me. I am going to take the ones that are on the vine and replant them. Let's see what happens! I will keep you posted.

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By Frillylily on Jul 22, 2016 11:06 AM, concerning plant: Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

VERY invasive roots that grow vigorously. We had one that rooted up into the neighbors' garage floor and buckled the concrete. It would root up in my foundation plantings about 40 ft away from the tree. They grow to be HUGE and have very soft wood that breaks off in whole sections during high wind. Ours had a huge limb fall onto the neighbors car one time. (This was a shared tree with them in the property line that their grandfather had planted about 25 yrs prior to us living there.) Very pretty fall color, fast growing, birds loved it and it is drought tolerant. Seeds of the tree we had sprouted all over in my flower beds and around the lawn. Not recommended for small yards, or around sidewalks or driveways or any water lines due to its invasive roots.

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By kniphofia on Jul 21, 2016 10:24 AM, concerning plant: Tritoma (Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed')

I've had this variety in a large container now for over 8 years. It's with some other plants, so I really will have to re-do the pot at some point, but it has thrived and blooms very well every year. Not too large, reaching about 3 - 4 feet. A gorgeous colour with apricot buds fading to a pale peach with age. Highly recommended.

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By purpleinopp on Jul 21, 2016 10:20 AM, concerning plant: Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)

Recent hype over pokeweed is growing to mythic proportions. I've never seen one actual news report of someone being poisoned. I tried to find any articles just now and none were about anything but warnings published in newspapers and websites about the horror of having one of these native plants in ones' midst. If one can be found, please share it.

When we go camping in a state park in a nature preserve in FL, there are tons of poison ivy and pokeweed in and around (and above) the campsites. The PI is one of the plants that appear on a sign about various common plants in the park, and in the little info pamphlet they give you so you can handle yourself more appropriately and safely in the park. The sign basically has a more polished version of, "here's what it looks like, it's here because it's native and important source of food for birds so don't touch it if it gives you a rash." There's no mention of pokeweed, growing within reach of hundreds of kids and bearing its berries for months every year. If it were a problem, they would at least put it on the sign.

Poison Control has a calm, reasonable article.
Their statistics also indicate that kids are much more likely to be poisoned by cleaning stuff or medications (click "poison exposure statistics, pokeweed isn't among the things listed):

From a very brief search, one can glean that various honeysuckle berries pose a similar degree of threat. Nobody is worried or warning about kids eating those, and they probably are much more common in the garden/landscape.

Is there a warning like that for Oleander, various Solanums, Daturas, Nandina? It would seem strange to me to put such a warning on this plant, a standard food item for some, on the menu in restaurants, if it's not on the others that have no edibility and/or higher level of danger in regard to ingestion toxicity.

Have you ever seen a can of Oleander greens for sale?

People buy and plant Oleander, a much more toxic entity, in their yard on purpose, but if you have a pokeweed, you will be urged to kill it. Guaranteed, every time the plant is mentioned, somebody will mention how menacingly dangerous it is.

I agree that one needs to follow a recipe if they're going to experiment epicuriously, but there should be some perspective about discussing its toxicity, and/or suitability for any particular gardener/garden setting. There are various "toxins" in many parts of plants widely considered edible/food, and not all parts of every plant are edible. Tomatoes and potatoes come to mind. Tomato and potato leaves aren't considered edible because of the solanine. This is why potatoes must be stored in the dark or they turn green and can then cause indigestion because of the increase in solanine.

If one is in the U.S., P. americana is a native, an important food source for many birds. One article says that pokeweed has long been thought to have medicinal value. "At one time it was employed to cure everything from boils to acne. Today, pokeberry is being researched as a possible treatment for cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, a chemical found in pokeberry juice has been used to successfully treat cancerous tumors in laboratory mice. The chemical is also being tested to determine whether it can protect cells from HIV and AIDS.

Remarkably, the lowly pokeberry may help solve the energy crisis. Researchers at Wake Forest University have discovered that a dye derived from pokeberries doubles the efficiency of fibers used in solar cells to absorb solar energy."

The sprouts pull easily the first year, and it is not difficult to keep mature plants from occurring by pulling or hoeing/scuffling sprouts while young and delicate. Boiling water poured on a mature root will kill it. After watching plant ID forums since they were invented, I've seen that most people who ask for pokeweed ID make the effort to say something about how attractive they think it is. In all my years of gardening in both OH and AL, I've seen pokeweed sprouts in my own garden maybe a total of a dozen times.

There's also the dye thing that's had varying degrees of prevalence throughout history, and something people still like to do. One of my favorite things about this plant is the disproven myth that the Declaration of Independence was written in pokeberry ink. No less charming even if not true, because it could have been.

I was thrilled to get a scroungy little sprout in our front yard last year. It was a puny thing and I guess it died because it's not back. If anyone is looking for a rationalization to keep a pokeweed plant that grabbed their attention enough to try to ID it, there are plenty.

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By Frillylily on Jul 20, 2016 7:18 PM, concerning plant: Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Limelightâ„¢)

I had Japanese Beetles on my roses, crepe myrtle, and hibiscus, but did not get any on this shrub. I had to spray the others just to control the bugs, but they didn't bother this at all and I did not spray it. It also overwintered here for me in zone 6, it came back strongly after its first winter, and it bloomed like crazy.

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By mystlw on Jul 20, 2016 5:54 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Frans Hals')

Frans Hals is a feisty little daylily! The plants I received were so small, only a few leaves each, that I thought I would have to wait until next season to see blooms. They took a long time to start showing new growth, but when they did they put it on very quickly. When three of my four tiny fans started showing scapes, I worried that they were too small to let bloom, but the buds grew like gangbusters and I actually got gorgeous blooms this season. So happy to have this beautiful little thing, and I look forward to many years of its pretty flowers.

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By Anndixon on Jul 20, 2016 2:58 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Pandora's Box')

I like this daylily so much more when it is planted in partial shade. The petals are more yellow when planted in full sun.

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By HollyAnnS on Jul 19, 2016 9:42 PM, concerning plant: Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Coco')

This dwarf plant overwinters in my Zone 6 in a shallow pot with other perennial dwarfs. It has been growing in this way for several years.

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By HollyAnnS on Jul 19, 2016 8:45 PM, concerning plant: Tulip (Tulipa greigii 'United States')

Very Early Blooming. Always first Tulip to bloom in my yard.

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By Baja_Costero on Jul 19, 2016 12:27 PM, concerning plant: Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium geayi)

Spiny tree (not a palm) from Madagascar with deciduous leaves and white flowers. On the large side for the genus, and probably the second most common Pachypodium in cultivation after P. lamerei, which is a similar looking plant. Excellent container plant given good drainage, good light, and lots of water in summer. Obeys a seasonal growth cycle with some degree of rest/dormancy in winter, especially in marginal climates. Handle with care during this period (cold sensitive) and provide much less frequent water when the plant is leafless. Relatively late to flower.

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By Baja_Costero on Jul 19, 2016 12:24 PM, concerning plant: Desert Rose (Adenium obesum subsp. socotranum)

First big wave of "captive" socotranums released from a Southern California nursery in 2004.

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