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By keithp2012 on Aug 27, 2015 10:26 PM, concerning plant: Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus 'King Tut')

One of the hardest plants I found trying to I.D.! It almost looks like an allium but it has no purple or white flowers and gets huge!

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By DogsNDaylilies on Aug 27, 2015 9:33 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Apophis')

On RockHavenDaylilies.com, it says that this cultivar will also set pods on a tet.

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By Chillybean on Aug 27, 2015 10:50 AM, concerning plant: Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

This small shrub is native to the Central United States, found in well-drained prairies and open woodlands. The 1-3 foot height above ground is shorter than its 4-foot or longer root. I like a lesser known common name, Prairie Shoestring, which possibly refers to the laced shoestring look of the leaves.

Of the many natives I have planted as bare roots or plugs, this is one of the slowest growers. Several have become lost because of the faster growing grasses around them. They do not tolerate a lot of moisture, doing much better without any additional watering from me. The Leadplant is listed in seed mixes we have purchased, but we have not yet found any in our prairie patches.

Deer and other mammals will eat the leaves and berries. One way to deter the rabbits and deer is to grow strong-scented plants nearby. They need to smell when a predator is coming, and plants such as Monarda will mask that scent. This is not foolproof, as a hungry deer may eat anything, but so far it has worked for us.

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By Chillybean on Aug 27, 2015 9:59 AM, concerning plant: Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)

This plant is part of a group called "distaff thistle," native to the arid regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa that receive only seasonal rain. It is these growing conditions that allowed a portion of our bird seed to grow and thrive the summer of 2012.

Spring started like any other, bringing needed rains to the area, but then we went into a drought cycle. It was a hard time for people and animals, but not for this plant. This was a mouthful of seed sown by a ground squirrel in the front yard, so the plants did not get as large as they otherwise could have in a cultivated field. This may have been caused by a lack of fertilizer, and they didn't receive enough sun.

Because it is a type of thistle, it will have the characteristic prickles. Those sharp points kept me from gathering the dried seed later in the year. I just left them in place for the birds.

The safflower has not turned into a weed here, even with the many ground squirrel plantings. Most of the time we are too wet for this to thrive, even if it does germinate.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 26, 2015 5:49 PM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Foot Stompin')

Parentage: Exotic Notions X 07-317: (04-440: (02-224: (Braggin Rights x A-481: (Unfinished Business x 97-313: (95-287: (Letmentertainu x Stars and Stripes) x 95-164, see Braggin Rights))) x 02-448: (A-408: (97-544, see Texas Tradition, x 98-398, see Texas Tradition) x 99-373, Banker Dave pod parent)) x 05-126, see Furgitten Time)

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By terrafirma on Aug 26, 2015 8:44 AM, concerning plant: Devil's Trumpet (Datura metel 'Double Purple')

This morning I discovered that nearly half of my Datura had been defoliated overnight. The culprit had not only eaten the leaves, but also some seed pods. Upon closer inspection, I found the hungry varmint: a Tomato Hornworm. This Datura especially seems to be a delightful treat to the Hornworm.

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By blue23rose on Aug 25, 2015 8:55 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Red Volunteer')

Even though I started with a double fan of Red Volunteer in 2008, I have given a lot of it away over the years and still have a good sized clump. While it is considered red, some blooms appear to be a very dark raspberry red. On very hot days, it does not look as vibrant, but it still retains a lot of color.

Red Volunteer is listed as a midseason bloomer. I live in zone 6b and my records show that in 2009, it bloomed from 6/29/09 to 8/5/09 and then had rebloom from 9/14/09 to at least 10/11/09. In 2010, it bloomed from 6/17/10 to 7/17/10, but no rebloom. This year, it only bloomed from 6/22/15 to 7/17/15 and I attribute that to the fact that there has been a lot of shrub growth in that area.

Rust resistance is great. The foliage always looks nice on it.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 25, 2015 8:32 AM, concerning plant: Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Crestview')

Registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, but considered to be an Arilbred Iris.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 25, 2015 8:27 AM, concerning plant: Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Copper Curls')

Registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, but considered to be an Arilbred Iris.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 25, 2015 8:24 AM, concerning plant: Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Copacabana')

Registered as a Border Bearded Iris, but is considered to be an Arilbred Iris.

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By Chillybean on Aug 24, 2015 10:17 AM, concerning plant: Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

This was a surprise plant near our prairie patch this spring (2015). We had sown a seed mix the fall of 2013 and had to keep it mowed down the first year. Because of that mowing, very little went to seed and this was out of bounds of that area. We are not sure where this one came from, but are thrilled to have it.

As mentioned in another comment, this is the native host for the Black Swallowtailed butterfly larvae. If you plant dill or parsley for the butterfly, rather than food for yourself, I would encourage you to switch some or all of that to the Golden Alexanders, if it is native to your area. Because of its earlier flowering time, it is also an important food source for pollinating insects.

From experience, our growing season of dill did not time well with egg laying of Black Swallowtail. The dill had already flowered, and was beginning to fade when the caterpillars emerged; there was just not enough food. But the Golden Alexanders are still putting out fresh leaves, even though the flowering is already done for the year. Now, we have several young Zizias growing around the house in preparation for next year.

The flowers look like the invasive Wild Parsnip. The easiest way to know the plant is Zizia aurea is the bloom time. Here on our property, the plant begins blooming in early May. The Wild Parsnip is seen flowering mid-summer. If you start Golden Alexanders from seed, they do not look like dill, but resemble the rounded leaf of Common Mallow, another non-native plant.

This plant can handle a wide variety of growing conditions, except for very wet and very dry. It can tolerate a lot of shade, but does better with some sun.

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By Paul2032 on Aug 24, 2015 8:09 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Marilyn Monroe')

People who show roses call their best show roses "bankers." I don't show, but if I did, this would be a regular entry. Nearly every bloom has perfect form and it produces blossoms all season. It is from a cross of Sunset Celebration, which it resembles, and St, Patrick. A favorite....

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By GaNinFl on Aug 24, 2015 5:56 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Prairie Wildfire')

There shouldn't be any secret that this is one of my favorite reds. It performed nearly perfectly for me. This is only its second year in my garden, and its performance has me drooling already for next year's blooms. The scapes were 23+" and were very strong and standing tall. It was very hard not to notice this CV from across the lawn. I have used it in several crosses this year and it seems to be both pollen and pod fertile. It also looks as though it will be a fast multiplier as the fans have doubled from the original three planted...

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By Mayo62 on Aug 24, 2015 4:18 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lavender White Eyes')

Nine (smallish single) fans were bought in April this year and were planted in a full-sun border.
They made a total of 11 scapes and 49 flowers (would have been more flowers, but my dog knocked off several buds Sad )

Increased from 9 to 16 fans this summer and is growing 1 rebloom scape at this moment.
First 3 flowers didn't open completely, but at that time temps were in the lower 60s F.
Flowers are a very nice color and are fragrant!

Only 1 minus point: All scapes were shorter than the foliage... :-(
I hope that was because they are young plants, not settled yet, and they will be better next year.

Overall, a very nice cultivar for the front of the border, and for me, a keeper! :-)

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By Lalambchop1 on Aug 22, 2015 10:41 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Temple Truffle')

I've had this plant twice and it died both times. It doesn't have good vigor.

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By mellielong on Aug 22, 2015 5:11 AM, concerning plant: Skunk-Vine (Paederia foetida)

I found it pretty amazing that I added the first pictures of this plant to the site. That's because this plant is a Category I invasive in Florida and it can be found everywhere. It is the bane of my (gardening) existence. I've removed other invasives from my yard such as Brazilian Pepper and Camphor. Nothing compares to the insidious nature of skunk vine. I know that I will never be fully rid of it and so I try my best to simply keep it contained.

This plant will grow in the shade or sun. The vine is very elastic when you pull it and will often snap while you're trying to remove it. When you pull it, you will notice the foul odor that gives the plant its name. I think it smells like rotting cabbage. In my experience, it seems as though it most often spreads through underground runners. I have it in all parts of my half-acre yard. It is in the lawn, it grows up trees, shrubs, other vines, etc. There is nothing that is safe from it. I can't say that it has any redeeming qualities. It only flowers for a short time and I don't observe pollinators on it, although I suppose it gets pollinated somehow. I am a butterfly gardener, and I tend to notice what the butterflies use. This plant is not one I have ever seen them on.

Consider yourself lucky if you don't have to suffer with this plant. It is easily as bad as Kudzu or Air Potato. If not kept in check, it will cover and smother entire plants. Maybe one day we'll figure out a safe way to eradicate it, but until then I will do my best just to keep it from spreading. On that note, I would not risk adding this to a compost pile.

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By Dodecatheon3 on Aug 21, 2015 9:30 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lotta Dotta')

The first bloom on Lotta Dotta really surprised me. It didn't have dots and it had a purple edge. I contacted Bill Maryott to review my photo of the bloom posted above to see whether it was the right plant, and he assured me that it was. He let me know that Lotta Dotta is HIGHLY variable in its dotting and coloring, and sometimes dotting is not present. The dotting you see on Bill's lead picture was on a bloom when it was very cool. He also let me know that Lotta Dotta is pod and pollen fertile, and its dots are a dominant trait, so there are dotted children in the first generation.

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By SALL20 on Aug 21, 2015 3:36 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Nacogdoches Pansy')

I received this plant from the hybridizer, Jean Barnhart, back in the mid 90's. We were both members of the Nacogdoches Daylily club. This is the 4th garden I have grown it in and it has always been a vigorous grower and prolific bloomer. I know it does well in Nacogdoches, Austin and Houston. I do not have a lot of daylilies, but I highly recommend it as a good perennial bed plant.

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By ARoseblush on Aug 21, 2015 10:54 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cutting Loose')

'Cutting Loose' is not only a gorgeous bloom, with many different looks during its bloom season, but outperforms in my New England garden. Not only does it have a long bloom season, 6 weeks, but it also reblooms into September. It also is a great plant to use in hybridizing. Depending upon what it is crossed with, and it is fertile both ways, the sdlgs. from Cutting Loose so far have been quite lovely and all very different. 'Cutting Loose' is one of those outstanding plants that I am very happy to have in my Vermont garden.

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By Lalambchop1 on Aug 21, 2015 7:34 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Awesome Memories')

I am impressed with this plant. I got it last fall. It bloomed well this year and set seeds. We have had severe heat this summer and this is one of only four plants I had out of several hundred that rebloomed.

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