A Drought-Tolerant Garden: Couple of errors

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A Drought-Tolerant Garden

By SongofJoy
February 10, 2012

The year 2011 was a violent weather year in the US, with at least 12 weather-related disasters exceeding a billion dollars in damage. Some say it was Earth's most extreme weather year since 1816. Much of the country suffered from record heat and drought . . . and so did the yards and gardens.

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Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Feb 13, 2012 10:33 AM CST
Hi Tee, great post, and lots of extremely useful info. I found a couple of items that don't match the name on the picture - the photo of Gazania, is actually Gallardia. Not a biggie, except that I think folks would be disappointed that their Gazania didn't survive, as they are not hardy. The picture of Joe Pye weed is misnamed as Eutrochium maculatum, which it isn't; the correct botanical name is Eupatorium maculatum.

Isn't it awesome how so many of these plants attract butterflies and other beneficial insects?
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 10:52 AM CST
Thanks for the input, Blue Fox. I do know that many species of Eupatorium have recently been reclassified as Eutrochium which is what I was told that one is when I received it. I will double-check on that particular plant but leave it as is for now.

You are correct about the other. I made a mistake and wrote down the wrong name. It is Gaillardia grandiflora, to be exact. So sorry about that. Perhaps the editor can correct it.

Thanks for being so vigilant.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 12:02 PM CST
I did double-check The Plant List again and Eutrochium maculatum is the accepted with Eupatorium maculatum listed as a synonym now. So that one will remain as it was. Who can keep up with the changes in botanical names?? I believe Dave once called that task a bit like playing Whack-A-Mole. I know I can't so thank goodness for sites like The Plant List.

Thanks again for the input. It never hurts to double (or triple) check.
I garden for the pollinators.
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