Plant of the Week: Season 9

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Plant of the Week: Season 9


Episode 901: Chinese Dragon LigulariaLigularia

Common Name: Chinese Dragon Ligularia
Scientific Name: Ligularia japonica ‘Chinese Dragon’
Type: herbaceous perennial
Foliage: large green dissected leaves
Growth: 3-4ft tall
Culture: Part shade to part sun, moist soil, areas near streams or ponds
Other: Attracts Butterflies
Use: Mass planting, border

Episode 902: Lola Red Hot PokerRed Hot Poker

Common Name: Lola Red Hot Poker
Scientific Name: Kniphofia ‘Lola’
Type: herbaceous perennial
Flowers: Orange to red orange, fade to light yellow as flowers age, stalks are 7 in. long & 2-3 in. wide
Foliage
: Long slender green leaves
Growth: 5 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide
Culture: Full sun
Other: Attracts Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees
Use: Mixed border
Other: Kniphofia 'Lola' is the largest of the red hot pokers.

Episode 903: Fairy Snow Balloon FlowerFairy Snow Balloon Flower

Common Name: Fairy Snow Balloon Flower
Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fairy Snow’
Type: herbaceous perennial
Flowers: White with purple veins inside the bloom. Flower buds puff up like a balloon before they open, hence the name balloon flower. Flowers in July-early Sept.
Foliage: Dark green leaves
Growth: 12-15 inches tall
Culture: Full sun to part shade
Other: Attracts Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees
Other: The purple veins inside the flower are called nectar guides and attract pollinators to the flower.

Episode 904: Blazing Star/ GayfeatherBlazing Star

Common Name: Blazing Star/Gayfeather
Scientific Name: Liatris spicata
Type: Herbaceous perennial (native plant)
Flowers: Spikes of purple flowers that bloom from the top down
Foliage: Fine-textured, grass-like leaves
Growth: 3-4ft. tall
Culture: Full sun
Other: Drought tolerant
Use: Mixed border

Episode 905: Alpine BetonyAlpine Betony

Common Name: Alpine Betony
Scientific Name: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
Type: Perennial
Flowers: Sturdy spikes of lavender flowers, early to mid summer
Foliage: Green, long and narrow, textured leaves
Growth: 18-20 inches tall with an 18-inch spread, mounded habit
Culture: Full sun, well-drained soil
Other: Related to the Lamb’s Ear, Grows best in the piedmont and mountains
Use: Perennial border, Mixed border

Episode 906: Alpine BetonyAlpine Betony

Common Name: Alpine Betony
Scientific Name: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
Type: Perennial
Flowers: Sturdy spikes of lavender flowers, early to mid summer
Foliage: Green, long and narrow, textured leaves
Growth: 18-20 inches tall with an 18-inch spread, mounded habit
Culture: Full sun, well-drained soil
Other: Related to the Lamb’s Ear, Grows best in the piedmont and mountains
Use: Perennial border, Mixed border

Episode 907: Variegated Devil's BackboneDevil's Backbone

Common Name: Variegated Devil’s Backbone
Scientific Name: Euphorbia tithymaloides ‘Variegatus’
Type: Succulent shrub
Flowers: Small red flowers in summer
Foliage: Cream and pink mottled leaves, crooked, fleshy stems
Growth: Varies from a few inches to 3-4 ft tall and 2-3 ft wide

Episode 908: Chipola River DaisyChipola

Common Name: Chipola River Daisy
Scientific Name: Coreopsis integrifolia
Type: Perennial
Flowers: Yellow composite flowers mid to late Sept. early Oct.long-lasting
Foliage: Deep green leaves
Growth: 2-4 ft. tall
Culture: Full sun, well-drained soil
Other: Drought tolerant but can also tolerate heavy rain, discovered growing along Chipola River in Georgia

Episode 909: Wishbone Flower/ Catalina Gilded Grape Gilded Grape

Common Name: Wishbone Flower/Catalina® Gilded Grape
Scientific Name: Torenia fortune ‘Dancat 266’
Type: Annual
Flowers: Yellow flower with purple center, Snapdragon-like flowers
Foliage: Green
Growth: 8 to 15 inches tall, mounded habit of growth
Culture: Part shade to shade, well-drained soil
Other: Low maintenance
Use: Groundcover, container filler plant, hanging basket

Episode 910: Ric Rac Flame VioletRic Rac

Common Name: Ric Rac Flame Violet
Scientific Name: Episcia cupreata ‘Ric Rac’
Type: houseplant
Flowers: bright red flowers
Foliage: dark green leaves with maroon specks, oblong, velvety leaves
Culture: eastern location, medium light, keep the soil moist, but let it dry a little between waterings
Use: hanging basket

Episode 911: Red Giant MustardMustard

Common Name: Red Giant Mustard
Scientific Name: Brassica juncea ‘Red Giant’
Type: Cool-season annual
Foliage: Deep burgundy leaves with a bright green, main vein
Growth: 12-15 inches tall with an equal spread
Culture: Full sun
Use: Vegetable garden mixed border, Leaves are edible and can be used in salads or steamed for stir fry

Episode 912: Sargent Weeping HemlockHemlock

Common Name: Sargent Weeping Hemlock 
Scientific Name: Tsuga canadensis  ‘Sargentii’
Type: evergreen shrub
Foliage: dark green needle-like leaves
Growth: 10-15ft tall 20ft wide mounded, weeping habit                        
Culture: part shade, part sun
Use: Specimen plant accent plant, looks nice growing over a retaining wall, often planted near water features in larger, landscapes

Episode 913: Pink Yuletide Camellia

Common Name: Pink Yuletide Camellia
Scientific Name: Camellia sasanqua ‘MonDel’
Type: Evergreen shrub
Flowers: Pink, fragrant flowers in winter
Foliage: Dark green leaves
Growth: 8-10ft tall 8-10ft wide                      
Culture: Partial sun, well drained soil
Other: Pink Yuletide Camellia is a genetic mutation of, the Yuletide Camellia which has red flowers
Use: Accent plant, borders, privacy screen, woodland garden, specimen plant, hedge plant