Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

The American Orchid Society
Learn more about the fascinating world of orchids and discover many varieties you might want to try at the Orchid Web, a site of the American Orchid Society. You'll find information on orchid conservation, research on new varieties, publications, societies, and much more.

Favorite or New Plant

Pincushion Flower
If you're looking for a dependable, long-blooming perennial in shades of blue, lavender, or pink, your garden shouldn't be without the pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria). It grows 1 to 2 feet in height and width. These plants seem to maintain themselves as neat little clumps, with fuzzy stems and small, cut leaflets of sage green.

They produce masses of small, lacy blooms throughout the summer, and will bloom even more profusely if deadheaded regularly. The variety 'Butterfly Blue' has various shades of lavender hues; 'Pink Mist' is a subtle shade of pink.

Grow pincushion flowers in full sun in well-drained soil. They are very tolerant of our alkaline Rocky Mountain soils.

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