Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miscanthus sinensis

This is Zebra Grass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'. Picture taken Sept. 28, 2010.

Link to Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus':

This is Eulalia Grass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku-Jima'. Picture taken Sept. 28, 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Nasturtium (Tropolaeum majus). Nasturtiums are edible. The leaves are a good example of leaves that are peltate. Picture taken September 23, 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Feverfew (Chrysanthemum tanacetum). Picture taken September 23, 2010.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Candy Lily and Blackberry Lily

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.

A closer look at the fruits and the flowers of the Candy Lily. The label in the picture refers to the plant to the left, Siberian Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Celosia 'Flamingo Feather'

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.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Persian Shield with Silver-leaved Swedish Ivy

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.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Giant Dahlia

This is a hybrid Giant Dahlia, cultivar 'Zorro'.

In the same pot as the Giant Dahlia is an Ivy Geranium, Pelargonium peltatum 'Freestyle Lavender'. Pictures taken Sept. 8, 2010.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly on Annual Vinca

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.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monarch Butterfly on Blood Flower

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.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ipomoea tricolor

These Morning Glory flowers are Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue'. Picture taken Sept. 5, 2010.

Monarch butterfly on Sweet Autumn Clematis

This Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is feeding on the Sweet Autumn Clematis vine (Clematis terniflora) at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken Sept. 3, 2010.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hybrid Tea Rose

Hybrid Tea Rose, Rosa 'Knock Out'. Picture taken September 3, 2010.

Orange sulphur butterfly on Jupiter's Beard

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.

Ornamental sweet potato vine

One of the ornamental sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas) on display at Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Picture taken August 30, 2010.