Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a national resource for wildflower and native plant enthusiasts. This Web site features several outstanding resources including a Native Plant Database, an Image Gallery, and useful How-To Articles. Check it out!

Favorite or New Plant

Corn Poppy
In World War I Canadian doctor John McCrae penned the well-known poem that begins, "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row." These flowers were corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas), now commonly called Flanders field poppies. Their bright red blooms have one or two rows of slightly crinkly petals that somewhat resemble crepe paper. The base of each petal bears a dark purplish black spot. Corn poppies grow to a height of 2-1/2 feet. The foliage is finely cut and rather inconspicuous, leaving the long thin flower stalks and blooms to really show off. Other variations on this species have petals in a variety of colors including white, salmon, pink, and orange. Corn poppies are among the easiest to grow in the garden.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"