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By ILPARW on Sep 7, 2018 12:06 PM, concerning plant: Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia subsp. alnifolia)

The regular Saskatoon Serviceberry is native to the Great Plains from southern Manitoba & Saskatchewan to Nebraska. It is a multi-stemmed shrub usually about 6 to 10 feet high and wide. It can range from 3 to 18 feet high. It tolerates harsh climates and alkaline soils. The Prairie Indians would mix the berries (1/3 to 1/2 inch wide and bluish-purple) with bison meat and fat to make pemmican. There are a number of cultivars selected for their good fruit production as: 'Honeywood, Smokey, Success, Northline, Parkwood, Pembina, and Theissen." The cultivar of 'Regent' is the most common form to be used in landscapes and gardens in the upper Midwest for beauty. Best used for USDA Zones 4 & 5, maybe Zone 6 is alright too. It is sold by some large, diverse, conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries in the upper Midwest. (There is a western variety of A. alnifolia florida or semi-integrifolia that grows larger and is native from south Alaska to northern California to Idaho.)

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By Lenadams on Sep 7, 2018 12:21 AM, concerning plant: Hoya (Hoya odorata)

One of the few shrub-form Hoyas. Stiff angular branches hold leaves that are reminiscent of several of the subtropical Jasminums. Flower umbels, when produced from the leaf axils, are clearly those of a hoya, white and very fragrant (as indicated by the specific name). Once a flowering bud forms in the axil, it will continue to produce umbels on at least a yearly basis.

New leaves are oddly colored, sort of an amber-brown speckled with chartreuse, and they are often twisted with somewhat undulate edges. In no time, though, the leaves transition to flat-edged deep green and shining beauties. An easy houseplant, and perhaps a good small shrub for a shaded dooryard in the subtropical southwest (z 9a and above).

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By ILPARW on Sep 6, 2018 10:40 AM, concerning plant: Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris)

Some native plant nurseries sell this Tall Coreopsis or Tickseed, as Yellow Springs Native Plant Nursery & Goat Farm near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where they planted a few near their house. I have seen it wild in the huge restored prairie at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois, just south of Joliet. It is normally a very tall perennial, smooth, with stalked leaves divided into three segments. It has an anise-like odor if the foliage is crushed. It grows in thickets, meadows, prairies, and woodland edges from Wisconsin and southern Ontario down into the South. In a garden it may need staking or cutting way back in June to keep it more stocky in habit. Great, low-maintenance native forb.

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:41 AM, concerning plant: Pacific Coast Iris (Iris 'Conga Line')

Parentage: NP-63A: (LP-103W: (JR-92D2: (Band of Showers x AP-150I2: (FP-263R: (Bar Code x Ocean Blue) x FP-249M, Public Eye sib)) x JP-94E3: (Patchy Fog x HP-134bo: (FP-249M x FP-263S, Like Clockwork sib))) x Yalapa) x NP-65D: (LR-104K: (JP-92D2 x Air Waves) x Fresh Eyes)

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:41 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Double Wedding')

Parentage: 07-58A-U2: (03-76E: (01-170-Z2, Resonance sib, x 01-105-02: (99-73R3: (97-104C4: (Mood Swing x Faberge) x Fogbound) x Opposing Forces)) x 05-29W2: (03-72W2: (Resonance x 01-169pk, Magical pollen parent) x 03-68T3: (01-170P3, Resonance sib, x 01-105-02))) x My Beloved

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:41 AM, concerning plant: Siberian Iris (Iris 'Dusky Dawn')

Parentage: Solar Energy x S07-96-1: (Pomegranate Punch x S04-32K-10: (At the Crossroads x S01-51-11: (S97-62B-3B, On Her Toes sib, x S97-62C-1: (Strawberry Social x S94-42-2: (S90-58-3: (S97-9-4, Pleasures of May sib, x Pleasures of May) x S92-65-1, Sarah Tiffney sib)))))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:41 AM, concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Festive Bow')

Parentage: A253B: (Delayed Development x All is Bright) x T255A: (It's Amazing x Q87B: (Hugs x O336B: (L334A: (I275B: (E131B: (B301BB: (Tweety Bird x 91324G, see Pink Frosting pollen parent) x E281AA: (Tweety Bird x 91216, Spin Again sib)) x F242AA, Pink Frosting pollen parent) x Easter) x L352A, see Breathtaking pod parent)))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Late Hours')

Parentage: KK 1320-1: (GG 721-1: (DD 1249-1: (1987 #15, unknown, x Champagne Elegance) x Joyous Morn) x EE 932-6: (Starlight Express x AA 1203-A: (T 1390-B: (M 636-C: (H1022-C: (D391-1: (Coraband x W1199-1: (R 113-R: (Amethyst Flame x Alpenrose) x Cashmere)) x D1158-A: (Y1290-BB: (R116-3: (Amethyst Flame x Lavish Lady) x Arctic Flame) x White Taffeta)) x Chamber Music) x Chartreuse Ruffles) x Ruffles and Lace))) x Romantic Evening

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Modern Tale')

Parentage: 012-1816: (Above the Rim x 010-1114: (08-1095: (In the Spotlight x 05-541: (Purr Form Mints x 03-21: (Airforce One x Stand in Awe))) x 08-348: (Silk and Honey x Kendry Mae))) x 012-201: (Subtle Beauty x 010-123: (Brazilian Art x 08-332: (Exotic Notions x Phantom Ship)))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Noble Heritage')

Parentage: W79-2: (T304-1: (Poster Girl x R41-1, Stay Stylish pollen parent sib) x T57-1: (Keppel 05-114A: (01-99A: (96-28B, Mysterious Ways sib, x 98-122A: (Shoop 91-26: (Summer Fashion x Coming up Roses) x Lotus Land)) x Decadence) x Keppel 04-93F, Brilliant Idea sib)) x Organza

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Offa Chart')

Parentage: 10-846: (08-282: (Juicy Rumours x unknown) x 08-243: (06-5: (Worship Me x I'm So Vain) x 06-36: (03-397: (Stand in Awe x 01-432: (99-192, see Elvis Dreamer, x 99-472: (Fred's Gal x Poppa John))) x 03-685: (A-176, Casino Cruiser pod parent, x Grandma's Smile)))) x 10-238: (Source of Course x Skip a Beat)

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Passion Fruit')

Parentage: Burseen 11-58: (09-510: (Montmartre x 07-86: (05-226: (Sensationalizer x Swearin Ima Blarin) x 05-203, No Kiddin pollen parent)) x 09-595: (Montmartre x 07-150: (Kathy Chilton x In Living Color))) x Burseen 11-150: (09-5: (Monomania x Swearin Ima Blarin) x 08-1087: (06-144: (01-3: (Don't Miss This x Santa) x Peaches and Dreams) x 06-86: (Lost and Found x Talk Show Mania)))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Purple Tiger')

Parentage: K364C: (Baby Booties x I265A: (E105BB: (B240B: (Earliglo x 91264A: (85340B: (Truly x B80-18, pod parent of Tu Tu Turquoise) x 87134B, Broken Halo sib)) x Details) x D172AA: (A138B, Cachet pod parent, x B241 sib: (Earliglo x 91316, Sweet Bite sib)))) x N328A, Raspberry Tiger sib

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sheeza Breeze')

Parentage: 10-1261: (08-109: (06-18, see Fine Fixin's, x 06-46: (03-48: (Pennant Fever x 00-271: (98-597: (95-4, see Glitter Gulch, x Romantic Evening) x Cookie Combo)) x Fifty is Nifty)) x 08-1095: (In the Spotlight x 05-54: (Purr Form Mints x 03-21: (Airforce One x Stand in Awe)))) x 10-1354: (Get Over Yerself x Hot Mess sib)

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Siberian Iris (Iris 'Step Lightly')

Parentage: S05-43A-1, Olive Emerson pollen parent sib, x S04-68C-14: (S01-48-10: (On Her Toes x S97060A-11: (S93-34-3: (S86-16-1: (Percheron x Isabelle) x Riverdance) x S92-117-15, Cold Frosty Morning sib)) x S99-61-12: (S97-25-2, Fresh Notes sib, x S95-30-1: (S92-54-15, Turn a Phrase sib, x In Full Sun)))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sun Devil')

Parentage: RR 1229-2: (KK 528-A: (CC 400-1, Burst of Joy pollen parent, x Designing Woman) x KK 508-A: (BB 1306-1: (Peach Picotee x T 1335-A: (M 1058-1: (Loudoun Lassie x G 489-1 : (Champagne Music x B 701-1, see Fashion Queen pod parent)) x N 502-BB, see Fashion Queen pod parent)) x CC 400-1)) x PP 993-1: (GG 1149-A: (CC 1332-1: (Edith Wolford x AA 1575: (Karen x R 305-8: (Clansman x Lorilee))) x CC 1208-1: (Song of Spring x Sweeter Than Wine)) x HH 1346-A: (Jazzed Up x CC 1403-1: (AA 1644-D: (Burgermeister x Leading Edge) x Sweeter Than Wine)))

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Syncopated Rhythm')

Parentage: 02-03D: (Cyber Net x Razzleberry Dressing) x Varner S342: (N-376: (Topsy Turvy x Terrill TG0199-2: (Daystar x Honorabile)) x Varner O-321: (M-329: (I-315: (D-312: (Royal Thrush x Brown Crown) x Dunderman P-580) x Loppio) x Varner M-341: (Terrill “Purple Pepper” x Witt 78-09-NU: (Witt sdlg: (Blue Mouse x I

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'When in Love')

Parentage: Layer Cake x 09-11S: (07-30G: (05-37D: (02-105A3: (00-56Y: (U98-1A, unknown, x 97-44V2: (lmpulsive x 95-1-T2: (U92-7-A2, unknown, x 93-90, Snowed In sib))) x 99-6R4: (97-16Q3: (93-90B x Dance Hall Dandy) x 97-58-13: (Puccini x 95-1-Q, Exposé pod parent))) x 03-39K2, Dazzle pod parent) x Smart Money) x Yours Truly)

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wet Rose')

Parentage: 012-558: (010-211: (08-1082: (Mercy Marci x 06-88, Go Berserka pod parent) x Chunky) x 010-2418: (08-1041: (Air Hog x 06-23, Foolish Act pollen parent) x 08-1384, Meet a Geek pollen parent)) x 012-977: (010-155: (Cyber Chaser x Foolish Act) x 010-529: (Beyond Bubbles x Buginarug))

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:46 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Hughes')

I remember 'Hughes' being a fairly commonly sold cultivar in the Chicago area in the 1980's & 1990's. It gets about 12 inches high and has bluish-gray-green foliage, and has a distinct radial branching habit. It does not get as much purple-bronze winter color as most other forms of the Creeping Juniper.

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