Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Tropical South

February, 2004
Regional Report


Arugula-Orange Salad
Wash, dry, and chop arugula greens into bite-size pieces. Mix with cut up oranges, tangerines, papayas, or some of each. Add a few walnuts, almonds, or pecans. Toss with celery seed dressing or Colonial Dressing from Bob Evans and serve. You'd think the arugula would be too strong, but this is surprisingly delicious.

Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Flame Vine
Mexican flame vine (Senecio confusus or Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) is a perennial vine that's blooming beautifully with bright orange daisies, each about an inch wide. I planted mine in too much shade, so it spent years vining all over the garden until it finally found the sun it needs. I find it blooming on all sorts of other plants it has quietly climbed, especially on the jasmine beside the tangerine tree whose fruits are almost the same color. It can also be used as a ground cover and looks great combined with bronze foliage. The vine is easy to start from cuttings, seeds, or air layers. It has medium drought tolerance, but I have never knowingly watered mine because I've forgotten where its roots are. It also has low salt tolerance, and roots are susceptible to nematodes, but mine have managed to thrive with little help. Frost sometimes nips it back, but this has been a lucky year so far.


Today's site banner is by nmumpton and is called "Gymnocalycium andreae"