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By Baja_Costero on Jul 17, 2019 7:08 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Kumara haemanthifolia)

Unusual stemless, suckering aloe with rounded green leaves in a distichous pattern. Leaf margins are red and toothless. This is one of two species recently split from Aloe into Kumara (along with plicatilis). Its rosettes are similar in shape to plicatilis, which grows a substantial, branched stem and has different flowers. This species is found in the mountains of the southwestern Cape in South Africa. It is uncommon and supposedly difficult in cultivation. Flowers are red and appear on an unbranched inflorescence.

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By ILPARW on Jul 17, 2019 8:44 AM, concerning plant: Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb')

The Threadleaf Tickseed is native from Maryland to Florida to Arkansas. This is one of the two cultivars that are so commonly planted; the other being 'Moonbeam.' This 'Zagreb' cultivar has bright yellow, darker flowers and is a little shorter than the other cultivar. It has a light, fine textured, airy appearance like the species.

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By ILPARW on Jul 17, 2019 8:27 AM, concerning plant: Tickseed (Coreopsis rosea)

I have never seen this Pink Tickseed very often, just infrequently in gardens and landscapes in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Quite a few books about perennials don't have this species listed therein. A few large, diverse nurseries and some native plant nurseries sell some. This perennial has a very fine texture and airy appearance. It is a long bloomer from June into September. The top of the plants can be sheared in late summer to give a better late summer-early fall bloom. It spreads by rhizomes so it becomes like a groundcover, not just staying as a clump, and can be aggressive in spreading. It does not like humid, hot summers, nor drought, but does like cool, drier summers. It is native mostly to draining wet, sandy soils along the coastal areas from Nova Scotia to Maryland.

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By OCAnderson on Jul 17, 2019 7:59 AM, concerning plant: Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer® Twist-n-Shout®)

Hello, why are my hydrangeas brown? I fear it's too hot here in Southern California. My yards are either all sun or all shade. How would I go about fixing/growing these beautiful shrubs?

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By ILPARW on Jul 16, 2019 5:36 PM, concerning plant: Rosepink (Sabatia angularis)

So far, I have only seen this biennial growing in the bog garden next to the big pond at Jenkins Arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania. It does grow in moist sites, marshes, and poorly drained fields, but also in upland places as rocky glades and roadsides. It is native from Texas to Florida up to New York & Connecticut to the Midwest. It is a threatened or endangered species. It has 4-anguled, winged, hairless stems, and has some opposite arranged leaves near the top of the plant. It is pollinated by bees and butterflies.

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By ILPARW on Jul 16, 2019 5:05 PM, concerning plant: Salix humilis var. tristis

This variety of the species is called the Littleleaf (Salix humilis microphylla) or Sage Prairie Willow. It is the smallest form growing about 1 to 3 feet high. Its leaves are only about 2 inches long and are woolly on both sides. Leaf stipules are absent or obscure. Leaf edges are toothless. Not so common like Salix humilis humilis.

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By ILPARW on Jul 16, 2019 4:58 PM, concerning plant: Prairie Willow (Salix humilis var. humilis)

This is the typical and common variety of the species of Prairie or Upland Willow. It grows 2 to 10 feet high, but is usually about 4 feet high and wider. Its leaves are about 4 inches long and are woolly beneath. Look upon the regular Salix humilis page for information.

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By Baja_Costero on Jul 16, 2019 3:07 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Aloe albiflora)

Small, offsetting aloe from Madagascar with white, bell-shaped flowers. Floriferous. Unusual in cultivation and critically endangered in habitat. Previously assigned to its own genus, Guillauminia, after the name of the person who described it, based on the unusual shape and color of the flowers. Related to A. perrieri and A. bellatula, two very similar plants from Madagascar which also have bell-shaped flowers, though of a pink or red color. A. perrieri is a larger plant.

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By ILPARW on Jul 16, 2019 10:40 AM, concerning plant: Plumleaf Azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium)

The Plumleaf Azalea is native to the southeastern USA. It is a rare plant and is considered endangered in the wild. It is noted as having an irregular, layered habit. Its deciduous leaves get to 6 inches long. It is one of the latest blooming native azaleas, which displays its flowers in July of vivid orange to red color, that get about 2 inches in diameter, and which are borne in clusters of 4 to 7. The flower buds for the next year develop before the currant season's flowers bloom. It is easy to propagate by seed or by cuttings. All parts of the shrub are somewhat poisonous to humans if eaten. I've just discovered this species, having been planted at Jenkins Arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania, noticing it by its vivid orange flowers in mid-July 2019.

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By Baja_Costero on Jul 15, 2019 8:12 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Aloe koenenii)

Solitary or offsetting aloe with decumbent stems from Eritrea. Leaves are gray-green with purplish overtones. Inflorescences are unbranched (or with 1 branch), with yellow to pinkish orange, ventricose flowers that have far exserted style and stamens.

Described in 1894 but long lost until 1994 and finally described in detail in 2006.

This species is related to 3 others from Arabia which have similar inflorescences: A. porphyrostachys (stemless), A. rubroviolacea (red flowers), and A. pseudorubroviolacea (multibranched inflorescence).

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