Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Ornamental kales and cabbages are varieties of Brassica oleracea. The ornamental kale at the top half of the picture is Brassica oleracea 'Peacock Red'. The ornamental cabbage at the bottom half of the picture is Brassica oleracea 'Kamone Red'. Picture taken Sept. 13, 2010.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here is a comparison of the fruits of the Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis) and of the Candy Lily (X Pardancanda norrisii). The above picture is the Blackberry Lily.
The two pictures below are of the Candy Lily. All pictures taken at Purdue Horticulture Gardens, September 14, 2010.
Candy Lily (X Pardancanda norrisii) is described as a bigeneric hybrid of Belamcanda chinensis and Pardanthopsis dichotoma but since Belamcanda chinensis is really Iris domestica and Pardanthopsis dichotoma is really Iris dichotoma, the Candy Lily is really an Iris hybrid.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
This group of Celosia has become a quite noticeable section of the gardens. It is Celosia argentea spicata 'Flamingo Feather'. Picture taken September 13, 2010.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Here is is display of the distinctive purple-silvery leaves of Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) together with the Silver-leaved Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus argentatus 'Silver Shield'). Several species of Plectranthus are known as Swedish Ivy, despite the fact they are not native to Sweden. Plectranthus argentatus is native to eastern Australia. Picture taken September 5, 2010.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Two Giant Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio cresphontes) were fluttering about the Annual Vinca (Catharanthus roseus). I managed to photograph this one while it constantly fluttered its wings. These are big butterflies. The flower it is on is Catharanthus roseus 'Titan Dark Red'. Other Catharanthus roseus cultivars on display in this flower bed are 'Titan Apricot', 'Titan Icy Pink' and 'Cora Apricot'. Picture taken September 8, 2010.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is feeding on Blood Flower (Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'). This is another of the milkweed plants that Monarch butterflies are most attracted to. Picture taken Sept. 5, 2010.
Asclepias curassavica has the milkweed flower typical with other members of the Asclepias genus.
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Monday, September 6, 2010
This Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is feeding on the Sweet Autumn Clematis vine (Clematis terniflora) at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken Sept. 3, 2010.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
This male orange sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme) is on a white cultivar of Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber 'Snow Cloud'). The Colias eurytheme caterpillars can be a problem in alfalfa fields. Picture taken September 3, 2010.
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