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By DominaHorti on Apr 18, 2019 10:07 AM, concerning plant: Sunflower Wyethia (Wyethia helianthoides)

Fasciation - that is what is going on with that one bloom.

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By ILPARW on Apr 17, 2019 9:08 AM, concerning plant: Winter Hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)

I've seen a few Winter Hazels around the Philadelphia area at arboretums, estates, campuses, and at professional landscapes. This Buttercup is the main one. My biggest customer has a good specimen in her landscape on a slope above an artificial pond in mid-day full sunshine, but also some shade. It is a good-looking medium sized shrub that is neat and clean with good flowers, smooth grey bark, and form. This species is native to Japan and Taiwan.

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By Australis on Apr 16, 2019 10:22 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Rhyncattleanthe Prathiba)

Made and registered by @prabhisetty, this hybrid is a cross of Orchid (Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song) and Orchid (Rhyncattleanthe Twentyfour Carat).

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By bxncbx on Apr 16, 2019 6:31 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Woodside Debutante')

I've had Woodside Debutante for many years now. The flowers are quite pretty but it does poorly in my garden. It has a difficult time with multiple freeze/thaw cycles in late winter/early Spring. I suspect it would do much better in a warmer climate.

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By tabbycat on Apr 16, 2019 2:17 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Friendly Reminder')

My plants were bought from Wild & Son April 2017 and are a peach pink and not as medium pink as the other pictures here in the database. It definitely has the yellow throat.

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By BradKY on Apr 16, 2019 11:38 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Evening Trail')

I eventually gave up on Evening Trail. It is such a nice color & has great form, but the blooms are way too few to justify taking up space.

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By BradKY on Apr 16, 2019 11:34 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Karen's Curls')

Every year this gives an excellent show. By the looks of the other photos, other people also get great shows from it.

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By ILPARW on Apr 15, 2019 5:30 PM, concerning plant: Sand cherry (Prunus pumila)

This Dwarf Plum or Sandcherry is native from New Brunswick to southern Manitoba down into the central Plains to Kansas to around the Great Lakes to some spots in the Appalachians to northern New Jersey to New England, growing in dry sandy sites in neutral to slightly alkaline soils. It an irregular, loosely branched shrub that spreads by rhizomes, often is only about 2 feet high, but can get to 8 feet high. Many botanists recognize three varieties based mostly on different leaf shapes. The leaves are 1.5 to 2.5 inches long by 1 inch wide, darker green above and getting a good fall color of yellow to red. The small, white, numerous flowers are about 1/2 inch across with 5 rounded petals with one style surrounded by white stamens with yellow tips, blooming in spring before the leaves unfold. The fruit is a nearly black, shiny, rounded drupe about 1/2 inch in diameter with a single bitter seed inside. The fleshy fruit can be delicious or tart, but is edible for humans as raw or cooked or in preserves, but the seed is bitter and should not be eaten. I have not seen this species yet, but I'll look for it. Some native plant nurseries sell some. I saw one photo online that is about 8 feet high in Minnesota and looks good to me in its informal form. This species was crossed with the Purpleleaf Plum Tree to produce the Purple Sandcherry shrub (Prunus x cistena) that is commonly planted.

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By ILPARW on Apr 15, 2019 4:35 PM, concerning plant: Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')

This black-foliaged cultivar is the only form of this species that I've seen. The foliage begins as green and then turns almost black. Mondo-grass is a tuberous rooted, often stoloniferous, grass-like perennial of the Lily Family from Japan, closely related to Liriopes. It is a stemless plant with narrow, linear basal leaves in arching, slowly spreading clumps. The white tinged pink, 6-tepaled bell-like flowers about 1/4 inch long in summer are on leafless stems (scapes). They are followed by dark purple, pea-sized glossy berries. It grows best in moist, rich, slightly acid soil. The genus name of "Ophio pogon" comes from Greek meaning "snake beard." The cultivars and the mother species are much better plants than the similar Liriope spicata, the Creeping Liriope or Lilyturf, for gardens because they don't aggressively take over beds and get under the other plants and become such a horrible maintenance problem.

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By Dodecatheon3 on Apr 13, 2019 11:26 AM, concerning plant: Split Cupped Collar Daffodil (Narcissus 'Shrike')

Shrike's corona is yellow upon opening and matures through yellow orange into a beautiful coral pink over a couple days.

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By ILPARW on Apr 12, 2019 8:12 PM, concerning plant: Manchurian Apricot (Prunus mandshurica)

I came upon a few of this Manchurian Apricot at one location around an apartment complex on the west side of Aurora, IL, and at another apartment complex in St Charles, IL. It is a pretty tree with its good flowers, bark, and foliage. I don't remember really seeing any fruit that would be small 1 inch round apricots, and I don't remember the fall colour. Native to Manchuria and Korea.

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By ILPARW on Apr 12, 2019 7:50 PM, concerning plant: Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa)

This small shrub used to be commonly sold as one of the cheapest woody plants at many conventional nurseries in the Chicago area from the 1960's to the 1990's. This Dwarf Flowering Almond is a straggly woody plant that only has its flowers as the nice feature, which are single or double and white to pink. It would only live about maybe ten years and die out. Some cheap mail order nurseries may still sell it. It is native to central and northern China.

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By ILPARW on Apr 12, 2019 7:32 PM, concerning plant: Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)

I've only seen this Common or European Birdcherry in one planting, and that was on the hospital grounds where I used to work in the west suburbs of Chicago, IL. About 10 trees were planted around the employee parking garage. Most were in part-shade and developed a bad case of Black Knot Disease of long, black growths along the twigs and younger branches. The ones in full sun were not as bad. The leaves of this species are 2.5 to 5 inches long by 1.2 to 2 inches wide. The fragrant flowers are in 3 to 6 inch long raceme clusters from mid-April to early May. The fruit is a 1/4 to 1/3 inch diameter cherry in July and August. It is sort of like a smaller American Wild Black Cherry. It is native to Europe and northern Asia into Japan. It has infrequently been planted in a few parks, campuses, and public landscapes by landscape architects in eastern North America. Nice, but not a wonderful plant. I would be concerned in North America of possible escape from cultivation by birds eating some fruit.

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By Marilyn on Apr 11, 2019 8:20 PM, concerning plant: Salvia 'Purple & Bloom'

New from the Ball Horticultural Company, a Ball Flora Plant beauty.

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By Marilyn on Apr 11, 2019 8:09 PM, concerning plant: Salvia 'Roman Red'

New from the Ball Horticultural Company, another Ball Flora Plant beauty and I love it.

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By Baja_Costero on Apr 11, 2019 6:19 PM, concerning plant: Echinocereus mombergerianus

Mounding hedgehog cactus from north-central Baja California with several ribs, many stems, and orange flowers. Formerly a variety or subspecies of E. polyacanthus and E. pacificus. From the Sierra San Pedro Mártir, rare in habitat.

Not to be confused with the related E. pacificus, also formerly a subspecies or variety of E. polyacanthus, which is found to its north. Only E. mombergerianus is trioecious (with separate male, female, and bisexual individuals).

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By Baja_Costero on Apr 11, 2019 6:14 PM, concerning plant: Mojave Mound Cactus (Echinocereus pacificus)

Variable mounding hedgehog cactus with 10-13 ribs, often many (dozens up to 400) stems, and orange or red flowers. Formerly a variety or subspecies of E. polyacanthus. From San Carlos Canyon in NW Baja California, rare in habitat. Not to be confused with the related E. mombergerianus, formerly a subspecies or variety of E. pacificus and E. polyacanthus, found just to its south and distinguished by being trioecious (separate male, female, and bisexual individuals).

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By ILPARW on Apr 11, 2019 2:24 PM, concerning plant: Forsythia 'Gold Tide'

This dwarf cultivar is relatively new to the market. I just heard of it last year from a landscape architect. It looks way better than either the old 'Bronx' or 'Arnold Dwarf' Forsythias that have been used like high groundcovers. It profusely bears its light yellow flowers in early spring. Its origin was in France when a seedling was selected from seed that came from 'Spring Glory' Border Forsythias irradiated with gamma rays. It was originally called 'Courtasol.' It is recommended that the long shoots that stick up above most of the shrub be removed. The flower buds can be damaged by strong winters in Zone 5.

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By ILPARW on Apr 11, 2019 2:01 PM, concerning plant: Border Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia 'Arnold Dwarf')

This low growing shrub is not used as much as it used to be in 1960's into the 1990's in the Midwest and East USA, but it is still offered by some conventional and mail order nurseries. It forms a high groundcover of arching stems that hit the ground and root. I don't recommend it as it gets to be a messy tangle of stems as time goes on. It usually does not bloom well with its pale yellow or greenish-yellow flowers. It has no real fall colour. It was developed by Dr. Sax at the Arnold Arboretum in 1941 from a cross between the Border Forsythia (F. x intermedia X the Japanese Forsythia (F. japonica saxatilis).

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By ILPARW on Apr 11, 2019 1:38 PM, concerning plant: Greenstem Forsythia (Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis')

This dwarf cultivar of the Greenstem Forsythia is still sold occasionally at many conventional nurseries in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast USA. It tends to be used more by landscape architects & designers than the general public. I see it occasionally in some public and professional landscapes. I don't find it to be wonderful plant. Back in the Chicago Region in Zone 5a in the 1970's into the 1990's it often did not bloom well from flower buds killed during a strong winter, unless they were sheltered by snow. In Zone 6 and higher it tends to bloom well. It has no fall colour like other forsythias. I remember one person in the past digging one out of the ground because she did not like how it got untidy when older; it needs lots of selective pruning to keep looking good.

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