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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 12:03 PM, concerning plant: Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

For best results (if you are planting more than one), plant Alcea 1 and a half feet apart from each other.

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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 11:56 AM, concerning plant: Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)

Stem:
Short and ascending, unbranched, square in cross.
Leaves:
Petiolate, ovate, cordate, crenate-serrate.
Flowers:
In axils of bracts, purple-pink.
Calyx:
With narrow, pointed teeth.
Corolla:
With straight tube and a hooded upper lip.
Stamens:
4
Seeds:
4 nutlets.

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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 10:02 AM, concerning plant: Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua)

Roots:
Fibrous.
Culms:
Ascending.
Leaf-blades:
Contracted at the tip.
Inflorescence:
Panicles, elongated and triangular, spikelets of 3-5 florets, 3 mm long, green or yellow-green.
Anthers:
Up to 1mm long.

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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 9:46 AM, concerning plant: Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Stem:
Erect, little to much branched.
Leaves:
Basal rosette of lyrate leaves; stem-leaves lanceolate clasping the stem at their base.
Flowers:
Small, white, forming a long raceme.
Fruit:
A triangular pod or silicula, with a remnant of the style showing as a short blunt point.

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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 9:26 AM, concerning plant: Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna subsp. verna)

Roots:
Fibrous
Stems:
Ascending
Leaf shape:
Stalked, sparsely crenate or shallowly lobed and shiny.
Flowers:
On separate stalks with 4-5 sepals and 8-12 bright yellow petals.
Achenes:
Spherical, keeled and more or less minutely downy.

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By KFredenburg on Jun 5, 2020 9:15 AM, concerning plant: Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

The sterile stems of this plant contain 7-10% of silicic oxide and are so rough, lowering the quality of the green fodder and the hay with which it is mixed.

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By Paintedtrillium on Jun 4, 2020 10:24 PM, concerning plant: Mock Orange (Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile')

I've had this shrub for 20 - 25 years. I have never seen a bloom!

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By Baja_Costero on Jun 4, 2020 9:48 PM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia namibensis)

Exotic succulent Euphorbia which grows a swollen globose caudex to about 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide, studded with short tuberculate branches bearing small deciduous leaves at their tips. A bit like a medusa, though I don't know if it qualifies. Spineless, but peduncles are persistent. Fruit is green and pitted.

From the dry coastal desert of southwestern Namibia, flowering in winter depending on rainfall. Extremely rare and reputedly difficult in cultivation (prone to collapse if water is not managed very carefully). Old plants can be spectacularly weird.

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By Baja_Costero on Jun 4, 2020 9:25 PM, concerning plant: Mexican Fire Barrel (Ferocactus pilosus)

Solitary or prolifically clumping barrel cactus from north-central Mexico. Plants may grow to 6-10 feet tall and up to about 20 inches wide, with 13-20 sharp ribs. Spines may be bright red (among the reddest in the genus), yellow, or mixed. There are 6-12 central spines and numerous radial spines which are more like bristles (sometimes none). The presence and number of bristles may be variable even among sister seedlings. Presumably they are the basis for the species name. Flowers are red or yellow and oriented upward. Fruit is yellow.

A Chihuahuan Desert endemic. Widespread, common, and variable in habitat. Very ornamental and particularly spectacular in old age.

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By LindsayG on Jun 4, 2020 9:23 PM, concerning plant: Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Chisam Fire')

The blooms on this crape myrtle are hot pink, not true red.

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By BlueGardner on Jun 4, 2020 8:19 PM, concerning plant: Hardy Geranium (Geranium 'Orion')

Anyone have their Orion and Rozanne geraniums die this past winter in the Denver area? Mine are nowhere to be seen; my other Johnson's Blue and Bloody Cranesbill are just fine. Anyone have this plant to sell? I can't find Orion at the nurseries. Last year I found mine at Groundcovers Nursery in Denver; they seem to be out of business?

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By BlueOddish on Jun 4, 2020 11:09 AM, concerning plant: Conchita (Echeveria 'Sophia')

This Echeveria is HUUUGE. It's BY FAR the biggest Echeveria I've ever seen.

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By ILPARW on Jun 4, 2020 9:39 AM, concerning plant: Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Jungle Beauty')

This is one of many cultivars of the Creeping Bugle or Bugleweed from Europe. It has the largest, widest leaves that I know about. The leaves have more purple color in the spring and early summer than later on. It should be hardy from USDA Zones 4 to 7. I don't see it very much, as similar cultivars are used more.

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By Clmasse on Jun 3, 2020 1:26 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Plato's Puzzle')

Pod parent is a Sib to Vertical Horizon. ((Merchant Marine X (Moonlit Masquerade x Mason's Mark)

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By ILPARW on Jun 3, 2020 10:48 AM, concerning plant: Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos SunburstĀ®)

The foliage of this cultivar begins as very bright yellow in spring and eventually turns just bright green during the heat of summer. It often in summer has some yellow branch tips. It is podless; therefore, a plant with all male flowers. It is sold by a good number of conventional nurseries and mail order nurseries. Oftentimes, when I see a plant with yellow or yellowish foliage, I first think it must have micronutrient deficiency showing up as chlorosis, especially iron chlorosis the most, which is a lack of green chlorophyll in the leaves. In this case, it is caused by a much higher level of natural yellow pigments hiding the green chlorophyll.

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By cinvasko on Jun 3, 2020 7:32 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Truth or Dare')

New plant for me, purchased last fall. Interestingly, all four blooms this year had four falls and the normal number of standards. I didn't expect that on all the blooms but I enjoyed it. We'll see how often it happens next year as it gets established.

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By sallyg on Jun 1, 2020 9:45 PM, concerning plant: Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)

I have been growing this for a few years in Maryland. It looks horrible most of the time inside the house. But I have kept some alive till spring when I put it outside. It quickly adapts to full sun here, becomes huge, lush and gorgeous and grows like a weed. Roots easily where stems lie on soil.

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By PlantingOaks on Jun 1, 2020 7:09 AM, concerning plant: Virginia Stock (Malcolmia maritima 'Spring Sparkle')

Very cute and tiny. Flowers open bright pink and fade to pale lavender, giving a multi-colored effect.

I did not find them fragrant unless you stick your nose right in them, which is difficult at under 6" tall

Plants need to be spaced closely (I would say no more than 2 inches apart) for a good, dense show. The plants themselves are a bit sparse, but form a nice clump when close together.

Tolerant of frost as a seedling

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By pardalinum on May 31, 2020 7:34 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium bolanderi)

The color of L. bolanderi is variable. The RHS Lily Register describes it as being a deep crimson. Less often it can be salmon pink or pale yellow. In his book Lilies: A Guide for Growers and Collectors, Ed McRae describes L. bolanderi as "brick to wine-red". It can be found in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and southern Oregon.

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By farmerdill on May 31, 2020 5:46 PM, concerning plant: Onion (Allium cepa 'Red Zone')

A short day red from DP seeds. Had extremely poor seed germination with variety. One thousand seeds yielded 12 plants, which were not very vigorous. Grow out resulted in varying sizes. Difficult to assess on the small number of plants. DP Seeds has dropped it from their offering. Timon ( same company and vendor) has performed well.

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