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By arctangent on May 10, 2021 10:49 AM, concerning plant: Anglojap Yew (Taxus 'Beanpole')

This cultivar belongs to the group of hybrids that are crosses between English yew (Taxus baccata) and Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata)

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By Baja_Costero on May 8, 2021 1:42 PM, concerning plant: Echeveria (Echeveria setosa 'Tarantula')

Blue-green Echeveria setosa cultivar, or possibly setosa hybrid, with lots of long, coarse hair on the leaves, especially near the tips. Introduced in 2016 by Echeveria Universe. Relatively large for this group (to 8 inches wide) and prone to prolific offsetting with time (clumps to 12 inches or more). This plant benefits from a thin layer of sharp rock between the soil and the lower leaves to avoid rot, and has the best (most tarantula-like) form in strong light.

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By DaveinPA on May 8, 2021 1:37 PM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Ethel Peckham')

A source tells me this is NOT Ethel Peckham but an imposter; I received it from a European horticultural garden. It is a nice iris but for now consider it as a no-name or NOID.

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By Dewberry on May 8, 2021 1:31 PM, concerning plant: Concord Grape (Vitis labrusca 'Concord')

I planted a Concord grape early this Spring (2021) and it is doing very well. Lots of leaves and new growth. The leaves have a bit of damage; something is eating them but I'm not sure what. I note this because the Niagara grape next to it has no damage. Perhaps Concord is less resistant to whatever is snacking on it in Central Texas than Niagara is. But I don't think there is any real damage to the plant.

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By Dewberry on May 8, 2021 1:25 PM, concerning plant: Fox Grape (Vitis labrusca 'Niagara')

I planted a Niagara grape early this spring (2021) and it's doing very well. Lots of leaves and new branches. I cut off all the flowers I found so that it would put its energy into root growth. Nevertheless, I found a small cluster of grapes hidden under a leaf. I will leave them. They are supposed to ripen around September.

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By Baja_Costero on May 8, 2021 1:13 PM, concerning plant: Echeveria (Echeveria lutea)

Solitary rosette succulent with bright lemon yellow flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers are unusual for an Echeveria. The leaves are rolled (deeply concave on top, convex on the bottom) and upturned to incurved, depending on water and light. They are dark grayish green to reddish brown, depending on genetics and stress. The inflorescence is an unbranched (sometimes 1-branched) shepherd's crook, and the tubular flowers are much wider at the base than the mouth.

This plant is supposed to be quick growing from seed, flowering a year after germination, and the offspring may reveal interesting natural variation in color and size. Best color and form in strong light. The leaves may grow to about 6 inches long, and older plants may sometimes offset.

Found in San Luis Potosí in north-central Mexico, growing in low light in habitat.

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By Macrocentra on May 7, 2021 11:28 PM, concerning plant: Purple Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrocentra)

My personal favorite in the Opuntia group, O. macrocentra is native to southeast Arizona, southern New Mexico, and western Texas. This plant grows as a low-growing succulent shrub, reaching around 3 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide. This makes it a more manageable species than some other members of the group. It is often called the Black-Spined Prickly Pear, due to the long dark-colored spines that grow along the tops of the individual pads. Another common name is the Purple Prickly Pear, as the plant takes on a lovely purple and magenta coloration in response to cold or drought. Warmer temperatures cause it to switch to a blue-green coloration. The purple colors really make this species stand out, making it a great option for an accent plant.

The plant produces edible dark red fruits, and bright yellow and red flowers, adding a lovely color contrast with the pads.

Like most Opuntias, O. macrocentra is covered in tufts of shorter, finer spines called glochids. These cover most of the body of the plant, and are easily dislodged and difficult to remove. It is recommended to wear protective clothing when working with the plant, as the glochids are very irritating.

The plant is easily propagated through cuttings. Simply remove a pad at its joint, allow to heal, and plant!

I grow my O. macrocentras in containers, and they do quite well. They've been my fastest-growing container-grown Opuntias.

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By Macrocentra on May 7, 2021 10:57 PM, concerning plant: Echeveria (Echeveria purpusorum)

E. purpusorum is native to Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico and is considered rare. It is an excellent species for container culture, in part due to its smaller size compared to many other Echeverias. Rosettes are typically solitary and reach up to 3.5 inches in diameter.

Leaves are typically olive green in color, with irregular mottled red spots that become more vibrant with greater light exposure, though they can be quite variable, having a more greyish and sometimes even whitish coloration. This species is slow-growing.

A variety of similar-looking hybrids of E. purpusorum exist, including: E. 'Dionysos', E. 'Belle Etoile', E. 'Ben Badis', E. 'Fabiola', and E. 'Shamrock'.

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By susiehoya on May 7, 2021 7:48 PM, concerning plant: Hoyas (Hoya)

New to collecting hoyas. I would love to find a book with pictures that is affordable. Any suggestions?

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By kawon on May 7, 2021 2:15 PM, concerning plant: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Celnolistnyj 215')

Celnolistnyj 215 (other possible transcriptions from cyrillic to English include 'Tselnolistnyj-215', often also mentioned just as 'Celnolistnyj' or 'Tselnolistnyj') is a variety from the former USSR, apparently created at Bykovskaja experimental station.

'Celnolistnyj' is Russian for 'whole-edged leaves'. Those cultivars with whole-edged leaves were used as markers for hybrid plants when doing hybridization in the field with open pollination.

Celnolistnyj-215 seems to be the only of those 'marking' cultivars which has survived until now and is still grown in Ukraine and southern Russia. It's a variety with pale rind (pale green, almost white) and pale red flesh, reported to be very sweet.

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By farmerdill on May 7, 2021 1:41 PM, concerning plant: Oriental Radish (Raphanus sativus 'New White Spring')

This Daikon is fast. Listed as 60 day DTM, but is only about two weeks later than the 30 day salad radishes. Large and uniform in shape. Nice texture, but extremely mild at present time. Satisfactory as a salad radish, but one of them makes a lot of salads. The leaves are excellent as a boiling green.

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By Weedwhacker on May 7, 2021 12:41 PM, concerning plant: Rhubarb (Rheum 'Glaskins Perpetual')

This is an heirloom variety that has a lower oxalic acid content than most rhubarbs, allowing it to be harvested much longer in the growing season. The stalks tend to be more green than red (at least in my garden) and the plants seem quite eager to send up seed stalks, which should be removed unless you want to save the seed, as leaving the stalks will decrease the vigor of the plant.

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By SunriseSide on May 7, 2021 11:08 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rosy Returns')

Some of the blooms had a tiny malformed pistil this spring. Will check any reblooms for a continuing issue.

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By ILPARW on May 7, 2021 10:42 AM, concerning plant: Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)

This large evergreen shrub from central & western China is occasionally planted in landscapes of the upper South, lower Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic. It is offered by larger conventional nurseries and is used mostly by landscape architects and designers. It is one of the scurfy viburnum species with very rough, scurfy twigs, like Koreanspice Viburnum, and not smooth like other kinds of viburnums as Arrowwoods. It is the most scurfy of all the viburnums that I have ever seen with a heavy orange-brown coating, and some people can have an allergic reaction upon handling it. (I took photos of the still relatively young shrubs planted behind my yard by my neighbors a few years ago; whose yard is almost entirely of east Asian plants species while mine are almost entirely eastern North American native species; clash, clash.) It is possible to grow this species in USDA Zone 5, but in that northern zone is is semi-evergreen and can suffer from cold damage.

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By Vals_Garden on May 7, 2021 8:27 AM, concerning plant: Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Indeed this can be a noxious weed, and we remove any plants we see in the pastures. However, as I grew Verbascum bombyciferum 'Polar Summer' at least 15 years ago I have been seeing various interesting crosses around the garden perimeter. I usually select the one/s with the best foliage and either move them to a 'safe' place in the garden or enjoy them where they are. Last year's seedling that I moved is looking to be a nice one.

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By kawon on May 7, 2021 3:58 AM, concerning plant: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Silver Yamato')

I'd be interested in a direct comparison of several white fleshed varieties - such as Silver Yamato, White Fleshed Suika, White wonder, Cream of Saskatchewan.

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By Australis on May 7, 2021 2:54 AM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Gillian Grace')

This hybrid is registered as a Div. 6 (Trumpet & Aurelian) hybrid but is sometimes sold as an Orienpet. It is reported to be an Australian hybrid and is named for the registrants' daughter.

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By jackky on May 6, 2021 3:47 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cyberlily Magic Butterfly')

my daylily measured 6 1/2x24

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By arctangent on May 5, 2021 2:18 PM, concerning plant: Abies concolor 'King’s Gap'

The American Conifer Society says this cultivar derives from a witches broom that was found in Pennsylvania by Gregg Gulden in the late 1990s.

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By ILPARW on May 5, 2021 2:14 PM, concerning plant: Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

This wonderful and easy short perennial makes a great herbaceous groundcover. It is native from southeast Canada to northern Alabama. Its sort of maple-like leaves are to about 4 inches long with 3 to 7 lobes. The white flowers are tiny of about 1/4 inch across with many borne on 6 to 9 inch long raceme spike-like clusters in spring in April-May. It is a woodland plant that prefers part-shade to full light shade in moist, rich soils. It spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) and makes a great groundcover. Division for propagation is best done in spring. The scientific generic name of Tiarella is derived from the Greek word for crown being "tiara." It is similar to Heuchera that is Coralbells and Alumroot. The general public does not use this nice plant very much in yards; nor really know it. It is found in horticulture mostly used by professional landscape architects & designers and by those who are horticultural enthusiasts. Many larger conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries sell some of Foamflower from their perennial plant sections; I don't think I have seen them sold from big box stores.

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