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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 5:16 PM, concerning plant: Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

There are lots of Seaside Goldenrods growing above the beach and in the shore area of southern Delaware. This species grows in sandy soils of dunes and salt marshes along the Atlantic coastal area from southeast Canada down into Florida. All the fleshy, smooth leaves are entirely toothless on the margins and the leaves clasp the stem without a petiole (leaf stem). This is one of the Club-like flower cluster types like the Showy Goldenrod, the Large-leaved Goldenrod, and the Stout Goldenrod.; though, its flower clusters can vary to be plume-like. It is known to hybridize with the Rough-stemmed Goldenrod (S. rugosa). It shares the dune and above the beach habitat with Evening-Primrose, the Adams-needle Yucca, Woolly Beach-Heather, American Beachgrass, Northern Bayberry, Shiny Sumac, Loblolly Pine, and Virginia Pine in southern Delaware. I think it would make a good native plant perennial for a sunny naturalistic landscape, especially with a shore theme.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 23, 2018 2:23 PM, concerning plant: Partridge Breast Aloe (Gonialoe variegata)

Small, tough, drought-resistant aloe from South Africa and Namibia with distinctive patterned green leaves that are V-shaped in cross section. Spineless. Flowers are red, rarely yellow. May be solitary or clumping.

This plant, among others, is known in South Africa as "kanniedood" (cannot die). Yet another example of a succulent that lives forever (in name anyway) to go along with Sempervivum and the siemprevivas (liveforevers), which also include a number of Sempervivum-like plants. For a long-lived garden aloe, provide excellent drainage and do not overwater.

Drought resistant. Widespread in habitat and variable in leaf shape, but not flowers.

Has absorbed the former Aloe ausana, a plant with long underground stolons from a particular winter rainfall area of Namibia. Aloe variegata was recently moved to the new genus Gonialoe ("angle aloe", presumably referring to the leaf shape), along with the former Aloe dinteri and Aloe sladeniana, smaller plants from Namibia which are uncommon in cultivation. These aloes have leaves that are V-shaped in cross section, flowers with outer tepals fused more than halfway, and relatively large fruits. The description of this new genus placed it closest to Tulista (ex-Haworthia spp.) and Aristaloe (ex-Aloe aristata).

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 1:16 PM, concerning plant: Showywand Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

This Showy Goldenrod is one of the goldenrods called the "Club-like flowered", as the Seaside Goldenrod (S. sempervirens), the Large-leaved Goldenrod (S. macrophylla), and the Stout Goldenrod (S squarrosa). It bears about foot long golden clubs or stout wands in August-September. It has stout, smooth stems and smooth leaves with irregular edges. It is native from Minnesota into New England down into the South US. It is sold by some native plant nurseries and will fit into a standard garden.

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 12:40 PM, concerning plant: Grass-Leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

I have seen this Lance-leaved Goldenrod growing wild in various spots in meadows in southeast Pennsylvania and northeast Illinois. It is grouped as one of the Flat-topped Goldenrods with the Ohio and Stiff Goldenrods. It used to be classified as Solidago. Its slender, willow-like leaves give it a fine texture. It has paralleled veins on the leaves. Its native range is from Newfoundland to southern Manitoba down into the southern US. I've never seen it sold in nurseries.

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 12:20 PM, concerning plant: Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

This Canada Goldenrod is a very common forb in meadows and prairies from Newfoundland to southern Manitoba and southward into the South of the US. This is one of the Goldenrod species that has survived the big change in eastern North American meadows from being all native before settlement to having more European plants in composition than American natives. It is one of the goldenrods of the Plume-like, Parallel-veined leaved species that includes the Tall Goldenrod, the Sweet Goldenrod, and the Late Goldenrod. Have fun trying to tell them apart. The leaf margins are sharply toothed most of the leaf length. It spreads powerfully by the underground roots (rhizomes) and is not desirable in standard gardens. I don't know of any nurseries selling any. Like other Goldenrods, it is an excellent pollinator plant for many insects.

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 12:03 PM, concerning plant: Blue Stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

This Goldenrod needs some shade and does well in dry shade. It is very informal with stems leaning out. My biggest customer has had this species in her large informal landscape for over 15 years, and it spreads around by seed and is in various areas around the yard. The deer that come through the yard don't eat it. She bought it from some specialty mail order nursery. Some native plant nurseries sell it, as Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin, where it is an endangered plant. Some conventional nurseries may also sell some, but I am not sure. It is not commonly planted around in gardens and landscapes.

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 11:43 AM, concerning plant: Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

I'm taking some information from New Moon Native Plant Nursery in Bridgeton, New Jersey. This species has a native range from Massachusetts to South Carolina to Texas to Kansas & Nebraska to Minnesota and southwest Ontario. It is most common in the Midwest, often liking calcareous soils the most. It is an unbranched, upright perennial with the stems covered in fine white plant hairs. The leaves clasp the stems and don't have petioles (leaf stems). It has flat-topped corymb-like inflorescences with numerous flower heads. The Ohio Goldenrod is the most similar species. it is sold by some native plant nurseries for prairie or meadow restorations or for naturalistic landscapes. However, it would fit in a standard garden.

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By ILPARW on Feb 23, 2018 11:16 AM, concerning plant: Rough Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks')

I was given a division from my biggest customer about 2009 from her small spreading colony among other plants. I planted it in the far backyard along the wooden fence in full sun. It grew quickly and became an excellent fountain-like clump by the next summer. In time it does keep spreading by rhizomes to become a small colony, but it is not aggressively so, and it is easy to dig any extra out or divide and reset. It is a very nice, easy, reliable perennial that does attract lots of various bee species and some other pollinators. It is sold by some conventional nurseries with a perennial section and I find it occasionally in landscapes and gardens around.

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By frankrichards16 on Feb 23, 2018 10:36 AM, concerning plant: Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')

 'Annabelle' is a naturally occurring cultivar that was discovered ~1910 in the wild near Anna, (Southern) Illinois. Plantsman J.C.McDaniels from the University of Illinois named it and promoted it for its extremely large flowers (corymbs) which are considerably larger than the species. It is probably the most grown cultivar of smooth hydrangea. It blooms on new wood, so it is quite hardy. It can be cut to the ground in late winter to promote plant vigor.

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By frankrichards16 on Feb 23, 2018 9:26 AM, concerning plant: Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball®)

Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' was developed (pp20571, 2009) by Timothy D. Wood  from Spring Meadow Nursery of Grand Haven, Michigan. 'Abetwo' originated from an open pollination of 'Annabelle' (parent) and an unknown H. arborescens in 2002. Compared to Hydrangea 'Annabelle', it is taller, has larger flower heads, and thicker stems that do not splay when wet. The flowers start out lime green and mature to pure white. Blooms in early June for ~ two months.

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By frankrichards16 on Feb 23, 2018 8:40 AM, concerning plant: Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball® Blush)

Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA4' was developed (~2012, pp28280) by Dr. Thomas G. Ranney of North Carolina State University and Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Michigan. Marketed as the INCREDIBALL® series of hydrangeas. Large ball shaped flowers on stout (new wood) stems. Pale pink buds followed by blush pink flowers that darken to a deep pink. Flowers age to a light green. Basically, a pink version of Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

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By HemNorth on Feb 23, 2018 1:09 AM, concerning plant: Knautia (Knautia macedonica)

Knautia macedonica was named after the German doctor, Christoph Knaut, who lived from 1638 to 1694.
The second part of the name is referring to Macedonia, on the Balkan Peninsula. I'm sure there must be a story here somewhere.

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By jmorth on Feb 23, 2018 12:27 AM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Ida May')

In 1968 this classic daffodil was registered. There has since been some discussion by daffodil heavyweights on the exact color sequence to use to describe its flower. ADS says W-OOY, Philips short list has W-YRW, Broadfield has W-R. Fourth, Radcliff (Australian breeder) has it as W/R. Definitely some unusual coloring there that some have hailed as a color break.
Ida May is both seed and pollen fertile. It has acted as the seed parent in 4 crosses and as the pollen parent 5 times.

(W - white / O - orange / Y - yellow / R - red)

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By Marilyn on Feb 22, 2018 9:50 PM, concerning plant: Scarlet Rooster Sage (Salvia dichlamys 'Super Elk')

Scarlet Rooster Sage (Salvia dichlamys 'Super Elk') is a new salvia that was just introduced by Flowers By The Sea. A long season of flowering and a bright color of orange that is sure to attract the attention and delight of hummingbirds. A super salvia and looks to be another winner from Flowers By The Sea that I and others will be interested in growing this year.

FBTS sells, grows and specializes in salivas and is located in Elk, CA.

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By jmorth on Feb 22, 2018 7:16 PM, concerning plant: Victoria Water Lily (Victoria amazonica)

The second-largest leaf in the world at up to 8 feet in diameter.

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By Danita on Feb 22, 2018 6:57 PM, concerning plant: Purple Porterweed (Stachytarpheta frantzii)

Stachytarpheta frantzii is a wonderful plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Since it isn't hardy here, it is grown in a container that gets wheeled into an unheated garage during the winter. The cold temperatures (sometimes near freezing) in the garage usually cause the plant to drop its leaves and enter dormancy. When temperatures begin to warm, it quickly grows new leaves. It seems as though the plant may be sterile or self-sterile. Achenes that I've collected from the plant lack an actual seed inside.

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By DaylilySLP on Feb 22, 2018 6:56 PM, concerning plant: Evergreen Azalea (Rhododendron 'Cascade')

Hybridized by Morrison

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By DaylilySLP on Feb 22, 2018 5:59 PM, concerning plant: XPetchoa SuperCal® Blushing Pink

Petchoa hybrid, Petunia-Calibrachoa Cross

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 22, 2018 4:02 PM, concerning plant: Buddha Belly Plant (Jatropha podagrica)

Ornamental pachycaul with a swollen base, deciduous leaves, and bright orange or red flowers. Native to Central America. Looks good when leafy, looks good when leafless (especially when grown to favor the bottle form), looks great in bloom. Relatively common in cultivation. Monoecious and self fertile.

The form of this plant can be quite different depending on where and how it's grown. In the ground, it loses its "fat" look and grows much taller (to about 6 feet). In containers, especially given limited space, it will be a stouter, shorter plant. You can also prune it to favor this form. Strong light and excellent drainage are important. Leaves may grow bigger in partially shaded locations.

In tropical climates this plant may flower and grow year round. In subtropical climates it may lose most or all of its leaves in the fall or winter. Do not overwater at this time. When the plant is in leaf and temperatures are warm, water regularly.

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By frankrichards16 on Feb 22, 2018 11:51 AM, concerning plant: White Fir (Abies concolor 'Hosta la Vista')

A dwarf white fir. Thick, blue-green needles with a glaucous, powdery coating on the surfaces. My specimen is on Balsam stock and is about 9 years old (propagated by Jon Genereaux, Hidden Lake Gardens). It's currently ~20Hx24W inches.

The cultivar is from a witch's broom found at Hidden Lake Gardens (Michigan State University), Tipton, Michigan by Gary Gee of Gee Farms Nursery, Stockton, Michigan. The mother witches broom is located in Hosta Hillside, the garden's Hosta collection. 'Hosta la Vista' literally means 'View of the Hostas.' First named Abies concolor 'Hidden Lakes WB.'

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