Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ptilotus exaltus

This is Ptilotus exaltus 'Joey'. At Purdue Horticulture Gardens near the greenhouse, June 29, 2009.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Umbrella sedge

This is umbrella sedge, Cyperus alternifolius 'Baby Tut'. Picture taken June 24, 2009.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Lantana camara

If you go to Purdue Horticulture Gardens right now you'll find demonstrations of one kind of ornamental plant or another as a series of varieties so you can compare the different varieties. This is the series of five different Lantana camara varieties. They are planted next to each other side-by-side. Pictures taken June 24, 2009.

This is Lantana camara 'Bandana Trailing Gold'

This is Lantana camara 'Luscious Citrus Blend'.

This is Lantana camara 'Landmark Sunrise Rose'

This is Lantana camara 'Lucky Pure Gold'

This is Lantana camara 'Bandana Red'

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

Moss rose 'Margarita Mix' (Portulaca grandiflora). This is behind the Horticulture Building at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken June 24, 2009.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This is Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'. Picture taken June 22, 2009. Gaillardia aristata is a perennial.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Double feverfew

This is Tanacetum parthenium 'White Wonder'. Pictures taken June 22, 2009.

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Dianthus amurensis

This is Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues'. Pictures taken June 22, 2009.

Dianthus amurensis is considered to by synonymous with Dianthus chinensis.

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Clusterhead pinks

Here is another Dianthus, clusterhead pinks (Dianthus carthusianorum), at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken June 22, 2009.

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Like a lot of things people plant in gardens, this plant may spread from where it was planted to places where it was not intended.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spigelia marilandica

This is Indian pink, Spigelia marilandica, at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken June 18, 2009.

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Dianthus barbatus

This is Dianthus barbatus 'Bouquet Rose', picture taken June 18, 2009.

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Dianthus chinensis

This is a variety of china pink, Dianthus chinensis var. heddewigii, ''Black & White Minstrel'. Picture taken June 18, 2009.

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This is Astilbe. Find this plant at the north wall of the greenhouse. There's also another Astilbe under the hawthorn tree. Pictures taken June 18, 2009.

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Friday, June 19, 2009


This is Osteospermum ecklonis 'Orange Symphony'. Pictures taken June 18, 2009.

Do you see the little caterpillar on one of the flowers?

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Sunday, June 14, 2009


This is snow-on-the-mountain, (Euphorbia marginata), at Purdue Hort Gardens, picture taken June 12, 2009. Sometimes you see this growing wild where it has spread from people's gardens.

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Butterfly weed

This is butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). It is in Purdue Hort Gardens along the side of Marsteller St. Picture taken June 12, 2009.

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Butterfly weed is one of the milkweeds. Look at the little orange flowers closely and see that it has the same form as the other milkweeds. Butterfly weed is native to Indiana but since it is such an attractive flower you are more likely to find it where people have planted it like here at Hort Gardens rather than in its native habitat.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Canterbury bells

Canterbury bells (Campanula medium 'Mixed Colors'), June 5, 2009, Purdue Horticulture Gardens.

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Our native Campanula, Campanula americana, is a common sight in Indiana woods in the late summer.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Clematis 'Jackmanii' at Purdue Hort Gardens.

Pictures taken June 5, 2009.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Juneberry time is now

The birds and squirrels at the Hort Gardens are going crazy gorging on juneberries from this tree.

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Even this chipmunk was in the tree eating juneberries. I didn't know chipmunks climbed trees, apparently they do if they have good enough reason. Pictures taken June 9, 2009.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Japanese painted fern

Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'). Picture taken June 2, 2009.  This fern is in several places at the Hort Gardens.

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Not to be confused with Athyrium japonicum.  That is a different fern altogether.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa ssp. glauca). Pictures taken June 2, 2009.

Whether this particular plant here at Hort Gardens is native to Indiana depends on your view of Oenothera speciation.  In any case it is close to the plant Deam describes in his Flora of Indiana as “usually in moist, black sandy soil in prairie habitats.  In marshes and along roadsides” (Oenothera tetragona var. longistipata, syn. Oenothera fruticosa subsp. fruticosa).

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Carolina lupine

This is Carolina lupine, sometimes called Thermopsis caroliniana. The current botanical name is Thermopsis villosa. The true lupines are genus Lupinus.

This is at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, May 31, 2009.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Ozark sundrops

This is Oenothera macrocarpa, one of the evening primroses.  These are much larger flowers than the common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis).  Picture taken May 31, 2009.

Violet Sage

This is violet sage (Salvia x superba). The x in the scientific name means it's a hybrid of two kinds of Salvia.

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Violet sage is used quite a lot in landscaping. Look for it as you travel in the Lafayette area.

Here is a link to Salvia x superba 'Merleau' This Salvia at Hort Gardens may or may not be the Merleau cultivar though.

Picture taken May 31, 2009.

Penstemon digitalis

This is Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'.

It's now blooming, this picture was taken May 31. 2009. Here is the picture of this plant on May 9.

Like foxglove, penstemons are in the Scrophulariaceae plant family. Link to Scrophulariaceae:

Strawberry foxglove

This strawberry foxglove (Digitalis x mertonensis) is now flowering, Picture taken May 31, 2009.

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This strawberry foxglove is planted near the other foxglove described in this previous post. The other foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is still flowering nicely.