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Beloved Around the World: the HibiscusBeloved Around the World: the Hibiscus
By SongofJoy, September 3, 2015

Love for hibiscuses extends literally around the world. There are several hundred species in this large genus of flowering annuals and perennials. Here we'll focus on three main flower types, three species, and their distinctive characteristics.

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Hibiscus Section MuenchhusiaHibiscus Section Muenchhusia
By Horntoad, September 2, 2015

When a plant genus is large, botanists will sometimes divide the genus into sections, which are smaller groups of similar species. Hibiscus is one genus that has been divided into several sections. One of these sections is the section Muenchhusia.

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Scarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark NightScarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark Night
By Sharon, September 1, 2015

It started like this: She leaned over with her hand cupped around her mouth, and with her soft low voice against my ear, she whispered: "Wear yore darkest clothes, chile, an' meet me right here jus' 'fore dark. We're gonna git some rose maller seeds." "Aunt Bett, marshmalla seeds? Marshmallas don't . . . " That hand clamped itself over my mouth before I could say another word or even take a breath. Her next whisper was a little louder: "Hush yore mouth, chile, ya cain't grab seeds if ya cain't keep quiet!" The night got worse before it got better.

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Hibiscuses of the Continental United StatesHibiscuses of the Continental United States
By Horntoad, August 31, 2015

Many people are familiar with our native Hibiscus moscheutos. It is the source of many of the cultivars sold as Hardy Hibiscus, but there are many other species that grow here in the United States. Here is a look at the species that grow wild in the Continental United States.

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Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, AnywayRose Of Sharon: What's in a Name, Anyway
By Sharon, August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Celebrating HibiscusesCelebrating Hibiscuses
By dave, August 29, 2015

We open the Hibiscus Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Many Veggies Taste Best RawMany Veggies Taste Best Raw
By Newyorkrita, August 28, 2015

Lots of summer veggies taste great raw, straight from the garden.

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An All Things Plants Favorite: GarlicAn All Things Plants Favorite: Garlic
By dave, August 27, 2015

What is the absolute easiest edible plant you can grow? I spent my entire morning contemplating that question, and nothing came to mind that beats garlic. As everyone knows, it's a bulb, planted in the fall, grown through the winter, and harvested in very early summer. It requires no special care during the growing season, and has absolutely innumerable uses. Let's talk about this incredible plant.

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 Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs
By Newyorkrita, August 26, 2015

Ever wonder why some ponds have frogs and others don't? Help the frogs out with pond plants.

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By mjsponies on Sep 3, 2015 5:28 AM, concerning plant: (Cercestis mirabilis)

Grow this beauty in shade, with plenty of water. Although it has a reputation for being a slow grower, mine's been anything but. It propagates by throwing out runner's where new plants form and root where they touch soil. Mine started throwing runners within a month of receiving it. Other than needing warmth and very high humidity, which might be hard to provide in the average home environment it is easy to grow.

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By jmorth on Sep 3, 2015 1:09 AM, concerning plant: Trumpet Daffodil (Narcissus 'Gipsy Queen')

Gipsy Queen - (1 YYW-WWY) division 1, trumpet; precious little soft yellow trumpet whose cup turns white as it matures; early spring; (12+cm);3"-6".
Description from Brent and Beck's Bulbs.

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By Joy on Sep 3, 2015 12:23 AM, concerning plant: Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii 'Erika')

This Astilbe has a wonderful sweet fragrance that reminds me of grape kool-aid. Lucious!!

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By Dodecatheon3 on Sep 2, 2015 8:29 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Topguns Apache War Paint')

AHS note on form says that Topguns Apache War Paint doubles 85% of the time.

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By Horntoad on Sep 2, 2015 3:53 PM, concerning plant: Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II')

Blue River II is named after the Blue River in Oklahoma where its parent plant was found.

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