Friday, July 30, 2010

Lycoris in July

The resurrection lilies (Lycoris squamigera) are popping up today. Picture taken July 30, 2010.

Lycoris squamigera is thought to have originated in China or Japan, the Chinese name 鹿葱 lu cong translates to "deer onion".

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

African Marigold 'Taishan Orange'

This is the African Marigold 'Taishan Orange', a cultivar of Tagetes erecta. The original wild species is actually a native of Mexico. Picture taken July 27, 2010.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lady Baltimore'

This is a rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lady Baltimore', at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken July 22, 2010.

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'Lady Baltimore' is a commercial cultivar, but Hibiscus moscheutos also exists in the wild in Indiana as one of our native plants.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ornamental millet

This is Pennisetum glaucum 'Jade Princess'.

This is another variety of ornamental millet, Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'.

Pictures taken July 22, 2010.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Hyssopus officinalis, July 15, 2010.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Musa basjoo

Musa basjoo, at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken July 14, 2010.

This plant is labeled here as Japanese Hardy Banana, but it now becomes evident that its origin is colder climate regions of China.

Named Musa basjoo by Von Siebold from the Japanese "basho" meaning banana, which in turn came from the Chinese "ba jiao".

Friday, July 16, 2010

Henry's Lily

This is Henry's Lily, Lilium henryi. Picture taken July 14, 2010.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Codiaeum variegatum

Codiaeum variegatum, commonly called Croton. Picture taken July 13, 2010.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cerastium tomentosum

Cerastium tomentosum, or Snow-in-summer. A native of Europe, Cerastium tomentosum is grown here as a ground cover. Other species of Cerastium are well known to gardeners as the mouse-ear chickweeds, which Cerastium tomentosum may hybridize with. Cerastium tomentosum is named for its dense tomentum, which is the velvety covering of fine hairs that give it a whitish look. Picture taken July 10, 2010.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Butterfly bush

Buddleja davidii. Picture taken July 10, 2010.

Brugmansia 'Ecuador Pink'

Brugmansia 'Ecuador Pink' at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, July 11, 2010.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Angel's Trumpet Datura

This Datura is labeled in the gardens as Angel's Trumpet, Datura meteloides 'Evening Fragrance', but the correct botanical name is more likely Datura wrightii. The exact species is hard to tell for sure. Like all Daturas it is poisonous. Pictures taken July 9, 2010.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Wild" Bergamot

This Monarda fistulosa at Purdue Hort Gardens is labeled as Wild Bergamot, though having been intentionally planted in a garden setting it is hardly wild. The use of these plants by bumblebees place it in a context of an ecosystem, however superficial. Picture taken July 2, 2010.

Rabbit food

This half-pint rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) prefers the Sidalcea in Hort Gardens. Picture taken July 2, 2010.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Cockscomb (Plume type), Celosia argentea. Pictures taken July 2, 2010.

Celosia is in the amaranth plant family.

Culver's Root

Culver's root, or Veronicastrum virginicum 'Alba'. Picture taken July 2, 2010.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gazania rigens

Gazania rigens, June 28, 2010. Gazania species are native to southern Africa. The markings at the base of Gazania petals are said to resemble monkey beetles, which attracts real monkey beetles looking for monkey beetle business.

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