Friday, July 31, 2009

Balloon flower

This is balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Mother of Pearl') at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, July 30, 2009.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Common zinnia (Zinnia elegans 'Magellan Coral'), Purdue Horticulture Gardens, July 26, 2009.

Other varieties of Zinnia elegans at Horticulture Gardens are:

'Giant Cactus Mix'
'Benary's Giant Wine'

Link to Zinnia elegans:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


There are several varieties of Coleus at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. This Coleus is Solenostemon scutellaroides. The variety pictured is 'Dipt in Wine'.

Other varieties in the Gardens are:
'Trusty Rusty'
'Versa Crimson Gold'
'Versa Lime'
'Versa Burgundy to Green'
'Versa Watermelon'
'Chocolate Splash'
'Versa Rose to Lime'

Comestibles made ornamental

On display at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, these are familiar vegetables developed for the eye. This is July, as Brassicas are typically cool-season plants it should keep growing into fall, with added color as the days go by.

Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea 'Color Up Mix')

Link to The Ornamental Cabbage:

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights').

Link to Swiss chard 'Bright Lights':

Link to Swiss chard 'Bright Lights':

Pictures taken July 26, 2009.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Calibrachoa x hybrida 'Callie Mango'. July 26, 2009.

Other Calibrachoa x hybrida varieties growing in the Gardens are:
'Callie Light Blue'
'Can-Can Apricot'
'Callie Scarlet Red'
'Can-Can Strawberry'
'Callie Purple 07'
'Callie Deep Yellow'
'Cabaret Red Improved'
'Can-Can Orange'
'Callie Peach'
'Can-Can Mocha'
'Callie White'
'Tequila Sunrise'

Link to Calibrachoa:

Garden Verbena

Garden verbena (Verbena x hybrida 'Obsession Spirit Mix'). Picture taken July 26, 2009.

You can find these other garden verbena varieties growing in beds at Purdue Hortilculture Gardens:
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Bright Eye'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Upright Bright Rose'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Royal Purple'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Dark Red'
Verbena x hybrida 'Magelana Carpet Pink Swirl'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Blush White'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Blue Denim'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Magenta'
Verbena x hybrida 'Lanai Peach'


Helianthus annuus 'Soraya'. Picture taken July 26, 2009.

Link to sunflowers:

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Teddy bear sunflower

This is a dwarf variety of the common sunflower species, Helianthus annuus. Picture taken July 26, 2009.

Link to sunflowers, 1889 painting by Van Gogh:

Sunflowers and artist as subject:

Zinnia tenuifolia

Common zinnia (Zinnia tenuifolia 'Red Spider'). Picture taken July 26, 2009.

Link to Zinnia tenuifolia 'Red Spider':

Mexican Zinnia

Haage's Zinnia (Zinnia haageana 'Aztec Sunset'). Picture taken July 27, 2009.

Link to Zinnia haageana:

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Blood Flower

This is Blood Flower (Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'). Asclepias means it is one of the milkweeds, and the flower has the familiar unique structure of the milkweeds. Pictures taken July 27, 2009.

Link to Asclepias curassavica:

Link to Asclepias curassavica:

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Monarch butterflies use the Blood Flower at the gardens as well as the nearby Butterfly Weed.

Feather Reed Grass

Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'). Picture taken July 26, 2009.

Link to Calamagrostis x acutiflora "Overdam':

Feather Reed Grass in Lafayette:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Portulaca oleracea as ornamental

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) 'Toucan Fuchsia'. This is the same species as the purslane in everyone's garden in the summer. The weed purslane has tiny yellow flowers, this Toucan Fuchsia purslane cultivar has much larger violet-red flowers

The first two pictures are at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, July 27 and July 21, 2009. The third picture is of the same kind of ornamental purslane. It's close by, in a planter between Stewart Center and the Union building, July 20. 2009. The other plant with the purple foliage is ornamental pepper.

Link to Portulaca oleracea:

Link to ornamental pepper:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Alocasia & Begonia

Alocasia and Begonia share a pot. New Guinea Impatiens is supposed to be in the mix but I don't see it. Alocasia 'Black Stem' and Dragon Wing Pink Begonia hybrid, one of the angelwing begonias. Picture taken July 20, 2009.

Link to angelwing begonia:

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Datura metel

Datura metel 'Blackcurrant Swirl'. Picture taken July 21, 2009.

Link to Datura metel:

A recurrent subject of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings was Datura, these paintings are commonly described as jimson weed which would be Datura stramonium but to me the leaves have more the look of Datura metel.

Link to Georgia O'Keeffe "Jimson Weed":

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora) 'Margarita Mix' is in two different places at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Pictures taken July 21, 2009.

Link to Portulaca grandiflora:

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Double impatiens

This is Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Silhouette Light Pink'. Picture taken July 13, 2009.

Other varieties of Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) are planted in beds at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. They are:

Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Pink Singles'
Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Rockapulco Red'
Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Silhouette Salmon '09'
Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Silhouette Rose Star '07'
Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Silhouette Purple'
Double Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 'Silhouette Pink'

Link to Double Impatiens:

Impatiens walleriana

Impatiens walleriana 'Peach Butterfly'. Picture taken July 13, 2009.

Other varieties of Impatiens walleriana are planted in beds at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. They are:

Impatiens walleriana 'Candy Lavender'
Impatiens walleriana 'Compact Violet'
Impatiens walleriana 'Super Elfin XP Rose Improved'
Impatiens walleriana 'Sweetie Rose'
Impatiens walleriana 'Stardust Mix F-1'

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) 'Cinderella Pink', July 21, 2009. Find this pink Lisianthus at Purdue Horticulture Gardens along Marstellar St.

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) 'Blue Chip'. July 20, 2009. Find this blue Lisianthus at Purdue Horticulture Gardens on the east side of the brick entrance to the greenhouses.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) 'Sonic Scarlet '09'. Picture taken July 13, 2009.

Other varieties of Impatiens hawkeri are planted in beds at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. They are:

Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic Light Pink'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic Deep Purple'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic Red'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Celebretta Appleblossom'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic Sweet Orange '09'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Celebretta Lavender Improved'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Celebretta Cherry Stripe'
Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic White'

Link to Impatiens hawkeri:


This is Petunia x hybrida 'Shock Wave Denim'. Many other varieties of Petunia hybrids have been planted in beds like this side by side at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Other varieties there are:

Petunia x hybrida 'Easy Wave Plum Vein'
Petunia x hybrida 'Sanguna Atomic Blue'
Petunia x hybrida 'Debonair Rose Dusty'
Petunia x hybrida 'Easy Wave Violet'
Petunia x hybrida 'Dreams Coral Morn'
Petunia x hybrida 'Whispers Scarlet'
Petunia x hybrida 'Jamboree Hot Pink'
Petunia x hybrida 'Debonair Lime Green'
Petunia x hybrida 'Sophistica Lime Bicola'
Petunia x hybrida 'Whispers Apple Blossom'
Petunia x hybrida 'Sanguna Lipstick'
Petunia x hybrida 'Sophistica Blue Morn'

Picture taken July 13, 2009.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Russian sage

This is Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'). You can find this in the Hort Gardens outside the southwest corner of the Horticulture Building at Purdue. Picture taken July 17, 2009.

Link to Perovskia atricipifolia:

Link to another Russian sage in West Lafayette:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Castor bean plant

You can find this castor bean plant (Ricinus communis) at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken July 13, 2009.

Another Ricinus communis on the Purdue Campus, here is a link:

More about the castor bean plant:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Eyeball plant

This is Eye Ball plant (Acmella oleracea). Pictures taken July 13, 2009.

Link to Acmella oleracea:

Another link to Acmella oleracea (syn. Spilanthes oleracea):

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This is Begonia x benariensis F1 'BIG Red Bronze Leaf'.

Purdue Horticulture Gardens, near west entrance of Horticulture building.

Picture taken July 13, 2009.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Ornamental pepper

These are two varieties of ornamental pepper growing at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. The first picture is Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'.

The second picture is Capsicum annuum 'Calico'.

Pictures taken July 12, 2009.

Here is a link to a picture of ornamental pepper growing outside Stewart Center on the Purdue Campus:


Here are two much different kinds of Salvias, planted side by side at the Purdue Hort Gardens. The first two pictures are Salvia coccinea, Scarlet Sage 'Cherry Blossom'.

Link to Salvia coccinea:

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The third picture is Salvia splendens, Scarlet Sage 'Whopper Lighthouse'.

Link to Salvia splendens:

Link to Salvia:

All pictures taken July 13, 2009.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Scaevola aemula 'Whirlwind Blue'

Scaevola aemula 'Blue Print'

Scaevola aemula 'Bombay Lavender'

Fanflower (Scaevola aemula). Three different varieties, planted side by side.

Link to Scaevola aemula:

Pictures taken July 3, 2009.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ornamental millet

This is Pennesetum glaucum 'Jade Princess', a pearl millet developed for ornamental use. Picture taken July 10, 2009.

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Sneezeweed (Helenium amarum) 'Dakota Gold'. At Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Pictures taken July 10, 2009.

link to Helenium amarum 'Dakota Gold':

link to Helenium amarum: