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By ILPARW on Oct 28, 2020 7:34 AM, concerning plant: Montauk Daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum)

I've seen this perennial native to Japan and China around since the early 2,000's in southeast PA. It is somewhat common. I've seen it being sold in late summer and early fall even outside at grocery stores, big box stores, and conventional garden centers. It gives a good display of big white daisy flowers in late August into November. Its very thick, succulent leaves and stems are very stinky when bruised or broken with an odor that is similar to many Viburnum stems, leaves, and sometimes even flowers. The Siebold Viburnum from eastern Asia especially has the same stinky odor. This strong smelly chemical can cause skin irritation on some people and animals. I've seen this perennial get messy in habit and flop over a lot, so it must be divided and reset every several years, or one can cut it half way back in late May or so to keep it more compact. The flowers have just a tiny hint of the stinky smell.

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By Gina1960 on Oct 28, 2020 5:51 AM, concerning plant: Anthurium (Anthurium madisonianum)

Endemic to Panama, growing as an epiphyte in premontane and lower montane rainforest at elevations of 450-2200 meters. Epiphytic climber. Named for Michael Madison. Member of the section of Anthurium Semaeophyllum

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By Rottack on Oct 27, 2020 12:06 PM, concerning plant: Coleus (Coleus scutellarioides 'Yellow Dragon')

Help with Coleus Yellow Dragon!

My plant suddenly lost all of its leaves and flowers, and now it is bare and appears to be wilting. Any recommendations on how to aid it? Can this plant be trimmed to restart growth? Any information would be helpful, please and thank you!

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By Baja_Costero on Oct 27, 2020 10:35 AM, concerning plant: Echeveria (Echeveria setosa var. deminuta)

None of the images on this page appear to show var. deminuta, which is named for its small (~2") rosettes with club-shaped leaves. They all appear to be var. minor, which usually produces bigger rosettes with thinner leaves. This is a highly variable species and even the named varieties are variable, so there is great potential for confusion when it comes to identification.

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By ILPARW on Oct 26, 2020 7:41 AM, concerning plant: Pin Oak (Quercus palustris Pacific Brilliance)

This is a new cultivar that is noted as not having the pendulous lower branches that typically hang down from Pin Oak trees. Pin Oaks bear short sharp spurs on their branches that can prick a person if one makes contact with the tree, and it hurts. It also produces less acorns that are smaller. I found a row of young trees staked with stout bamboo poles at a wholesale nursery in southeast Pennsylvania and labeled.

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By sallyg on Oct 26, 2020 5:31 AM, concerning plant: Coastal Plain Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium 'Little Joe')

'Little Joe' is a winner in my central Maryland garden. I have it in morning to midday sun, shade after that due to being against a deck. Soil there is dense (clay due to deck construction) and stays moist (due to grading and exposure) It's in the third year, this was a very rainy one, still matured at a nice 4 feet, unlike its straight Joepye neighbor that got to 7 feet.

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By dv1651st on Oct 25, 2020 2:12 PM, concerning plant: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

Does anyone know if this plant is edible for human beings? I understand that this is a nutritious source of vitamins and minerals for deer and other game.

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By Baja_Costero on Oct 25, 2020 2:08 PM, concerning plant: Echeveria (Echeveria setosa)

Small hairy Echeveria from the Sierra Mixteca in southern Mexico with bicolored flowers (red at the base, yellow near the tip). A number of named varieties exist, sharing the same chromosome number (25). The type variety (from Puebla) has many green, incurved leaves (up to 60-170 per rosette), grows to 4-6 inches, and offsets to form raised mounds. Echeveria (Echeveria setosa var. ciliata) (Oaxaca) has fewer, shorter hairs (mostly on the margins and tips) and concave upper leaf surfaces. Echeveria (Echeveria setosa var. deminuta) (aka E. rundelii, nomen nudum; from Oaxaca) has small (~2"), clustering rosettes with blue, club-shaped leaves that have reddish tips. Echeveria (Echeveria setosa var. minor), including a clone called Echeveria (Echeveria setosa 'FO-42') (from Oaxaca), has 35-50 green or blue-green leaves, usually thinner and bluer than the type, with highly variable hairiness. Echeveria (Echeveria setosa var. oteroi) (the least common in cultivation; from Oaxaca) is most similar to var. ciliata, but has less hair (either hairless or with some marginal hairs) and fewer leaves, growing more slowly, branching less, and developing a stem over time.

This species is found in Puebla and Oaxaca. Versions of this plant have been released a few different times by the ISI as ISI 419 (1963), ISI 1197 (1980), ISI 95-28 (1995), ISI 95-29 (1995), ISI 2014-19 (2014). This species is frequently confused with other hairy Echeverias in cultivation, and some of the images above may be Woolly Rose (Echeveria 'Doris Taylor') or Echeveria 'Bombycina', two independent hybrids with pulvinata.

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By ILPARW on Oct 25, 2020 9:07 AM, concerning plant: American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana Firespire®)

This cultivar is an upright, narrow form that was selected in 1993 by Mike Yanny at Johnson's Nursery in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. It is slow growing like the mother species of about 2/3 foot/year, might make it to 1 foot/year with really good conditions. I discovered several young trees in a row in Harmony Hill Nursery real close to Downingtown, PA in October 2020. Looks very good!
(There has been a columnar European Hornbeam offered by the nursery trade for several decades and is somewhat commonly planted by landscape architects for municipalities in public landscapes and on various college and office park campuses. The European species turns a yellow fall color, not a really good bright orange to red. Most European woody plants do not develop as good a fall color as North American or East Asian species.)

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By plantladylin on Oct 24, 2020 2:05 PM, concerning plant: Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus)

Antigonon leptopus is native to Mexico but has become naturalized in other parts of the world, including the southeastern U.S.A. Coral Vine is a rapid grower that tolerates poor soil and a wide range of light conditions and it is a prolific seed producer. Birds and other wildlife eat and disperse the seeds to different locations and the seeds also float on water, which is another means of dispersal to new locations. Panicles of beautiful pink or white flowers usually appear from spring to fall but many times are present year round. Coral Vine grows by underground tubers that form large rootstocks; if the plant is cut back or damaged by frost, it will resprout.

This vine is listed as a Category II exotic invasive by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC).

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