Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Agastache rugosa

Anise Hyssop (Agastache rugosa). June 28, 2010.


Stokes' Aster (Stokesia laevis), at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, June 28, 2010. Stokesia is one of the many plants in the Asteraceae plant family and is native to the southeastern US.

Stokesia is placed in the Vernonieae subdivision of the Asteraceae, which includes our native Vernonia, or ironweed.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


The ensete is outside again and grown bigger since last year. This picture was taken June 21, 2010.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Jewels of Opar

This is known as Jewels of Opar, scientific name Talinum paniculatum. Native to western United States and Mexico, it has the potential to be invasive here. Talinum is in the plant family Portulacaceae. The leaves are said to be edible, like the more familiar relative Portulaca oleracea, or purslane.

If you visit this Talinum patch, look for the purslane. It's here as well.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Dahlia 'Toluca'. Picture taken June 19, 2010.

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Dahlia tubers can be eaten like sweet potatoes.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chlorophyllum molybdites

This mushroom is back! Same place as last year. The recent wet weather has been good for fungi. Mushrooms are popping up all over the Lafayette area. Picture taken June 19, 2010.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Sedum 'Arthur Branch'

Sedum 'Arthur Branch' at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, June 17, 2010.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Liatris spicata

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), planted at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, June 14, 2010. Liatris spicata is a native Indiana plant.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata). This picture was taken June 14, 2010.

Purple coneflower

This is purple coneflower, Echinacea purpureum 'Magnus'. Echinacea purpureum is native to Indiana. According to Deam's Flora, the most likely Indiana habitat are prairielands, while a few isolated plants may be found in woodlands. Picture taken June 14, 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010


These bright blue delphiniums stand out amongst the rest of the plants in the garden. Pictures taken June 4, 2010.

Miniature Hollyhock

This is named Miniature Hollyhock which is a hybrid of Sidalcea, (Sidalcea hybrida 'Brilliant'). The common hollyhock is genus Alcea. Picture taken June 9, 2010.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Southernwood (Artemesia abrotanum). Picture taken June 10, 2010.

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Bells of Ireland

This is Moluccella laevis, sometimes called Bells of Ireland. Moluccella is in the mint family of plants, Lamiaceae. Picture taken June 10, 2010.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shasta Daisy

This is the Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum 'Crazy Daisy'. Photo taken June 9, 2010. Shasta Daisy resembles the familiar weedy and wild Ox-Eye Daisy, but the flowers are a bit bigger. Compare the Shasta Daisy at Purdue Horticulture Gardens with the Ox-Eye Daisy on campus, here is a link:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Butterfly weed

It's time for the butterfly weed to show its orange milkweedy flowers again. This picture was taken June 7, 2010. Asclepias tuberosa.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Kniphofia uvaria

Red-hot poker, Kniphofia uvaria. Kniphofia is native to South Africa and is related to the aloe plant, both being members of the plant family Asphodelaceae. Picture taken June 7, 2010.

Yellow coneflower

Yellow coneflower, Echinacea paradoxa 'Paradoxa', at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, June 4, 2010. Our native Echinacea is more familiar to gardeners, that is the purple flowered Echinacea purpurea. Echinacea paradoxa is not native to Indiana but rather is from the Ozark Mountain range, not terribly far away.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lychnis x arkwrightii

Arkwright's Campion (Lychnis x arkwrightii 'Orange Gnome'). This is a hybrid derived from Lychnis chalcedonica. Picture taken June 4, 2010.

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Lychnis is closely related to the genus Silene, of which our native fire pink (Silene virginica) is one.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spotted bellflower

This is another Campanula, Campanula punctata, or Spotted bellflower. Picture taken June 2, 2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rosebay Rhododendron

Rhododendron maximum 'Roseum', May 31, 2010. Rhododendron maximum is native to the Appalachian Mountains.