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By RadlyRootbound on Feb 21, 2019 9:40 AM, concerning plant: Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

There is a strain of Mimosa trees that is dominant in the Birmingham, Alabama area and has white flowers instead of pink. In fact, when going through that region, I don't recall seeing any Mimosas with pink blooms, just white ones, and they grow wild everywhere.

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By Marilyn on Feb 20, 2019 11:05 PM, concerning plant: Lantana 'Buttercream'

A Greg Grant introduction and discovered at the former Naconiche Nursery in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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By Marilyn on Feb 20, 2019 10:32 PM, concerning plant: Variegated Coral Porterweed (Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Mercedes Magic')

This beauty was introduced by Almost Eden and they are located in Merryville, LA .

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By ILPARW on Feb 20, 2019 1:08 PM, concerning plant: Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha)

This Junegrass has a native range from southern Ontario to southern British Columbia down to northern Mexico and spots in Texas up to the Great Lakes Region with a few spots in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, growing in dry soils. It is offered by some native plant nurseries as Blue Moon Nursery in Minnesota & Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin. I bought one from Prairie Nursery and planted it in the backyard prairie garden. However, it did not adapt to my good quality clay soil and it died out. It does not grow in even good clay soils. It likes full sun and either sandy or gravely soils, maybe a good silt topsoil would be alright. It is a cool season clump bunch grass that grows during cool temperature times and goes dormant during summer heat. It can self-sow in dry soil places. It bears its lustrous, silvery-green grass flower spikes in May-June. It has been recommended as a green roof plant.

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By ILPARW on Feb 20, 2019 12:34 PM, concerning plant: Bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

This grass species has a large native range from Alaska & the Northwest Territory & Quebec south down to California, New Mexico, Kansas, and the mountains of North Carolina in wetlands of swamps, bogs, fens, wet meadows, ditches along railroad tracks, and such. It is very common in the subarctic and boreal forest region of the far north, but not so common farther south. It starts as a clump but slowly spreads by rhizomes to become a coarse high sod. It has rough leaves and 3 to 8 prominent joints (nodes) along the stems.

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By ILPARW on Feb 20, 2019 11:59 AM, concerning plant: Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')

This European species is a very reliable and easy grass perennial to grow. It is a cool season grass that begins growth early in spring. It has a very erect, neat habit and is soft to touch. It blooms in July and early August and then its pinkish-tan grass flower spikes become more narrow as the flowers are replaced with seedheads. It is very easy to dig up and divide for propagation. I can't think of this grass species really having the center of the clump die out as many clump grass species do after 5 to 15 years. My plant at the front door porch area has not needed division for 16 years. It looks good all winter long, then I cut it down in before growth in March. My specimen is now in part shade because the trees have grown much larger, but when the sun hits the plant it really looks scenic. (What can be good about plants in part-shade is that they don't get so huge and thick as in full sun.) "My plant is the cultivar of 'Karl Foerster' that bears more pinkish grass flowers than the mother species and is the most common cultivar that is sold at most conventional nurseries, and is common in gardens and used a fair amount by landscape designers.

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By Marilyn on Feb 19, 2019 9:54 PM, concerning plant: Red Maple (Acer rubrum Redpointe®)

This beautiful tree was introduced by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. in Boring, OR.

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By ILPARW on Feb 19, 2019 10:03 AM, concerning plant: Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

Back in summer of 2003 I bought three Blue Oat-Grasses from Limerock Ornamental Grasses, a mostly mail order nursery of ornamental grasses that was also a local nursery, that used to exist in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania by mail as tiny plants in tiny pots. I planted them in the front yard area. Here in 2019 the three are still looking good. I did have to dig up and reset one that had part of the clump die out. They were thriving better when there was less shade due to the trees growing larger, but they are still fine with some part shade. This is a lovely plant from Europe. In winter it is a brownish-blue evergreen plant. I find this to be a more reliable choice than the smaller Blue Fescue grass that is sold much more often at conventional nurseries. Some larger, diverse conventional nurseries and mail order nurseries sell this species. I only see it infrequently in the Midwestern or Eastern US, as it is largely unknown.

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By ILPARW on Feb 18, 2019 8:47 PM, concerning plant: Black Fountain Grass (Cenchrus alopecuroides 'Moudry')

I have never found this cultivar to be beautiful and I don't know why it is grown at all. It self-sows like crazy and is aggressive in the garden by seed. It is not supposed to come true from seed. Fortunately, it is not nearly as popular as a few other cultivars and I don't see it very much.

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By sprothasis on Feb 18, 2019 2:39 PM, concerning plant: Maidenhair Vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa)

Hey Guys,

I need some help recovering my maidenhair plant!

The leaves are green but the branches are very dry, it has lost a lot of leaves, however I'm unsure if it's because of the winter weather.
I stay in student halls and only have one small window that gets moderate sunlight and I am unsure on where to place my plant for its optimal growth.
I had mistakenly placed my planter pot in a decorative pot that collected a lot water, which I had carelessly not drained. When I found out about his i drained the water and squeezed the water from the soil out. The flowering pot is now sitting by itself without a decorative pot around it.
Is this normal for the ferns or is there something I can do to rescue them from dying out?

Thank you!!

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